Feature | Issue | Aug 19 2019

The man plotting the downfall of Tyson Fury

In an exclusive interview Otto Wallin tells John Dennen how he will defeat Tyson Fury
Otto Wallin on Tyson Fury
KGZ Fougstedt

OTTO WALLIN wants to make a point. He is not Tom Schwarz. The affable Swede insists that if Tyson Fury is bringing him in as a straightforward tune up for an inevitable rematch with Deontay Wilder, the Briton is making a mistake. The two will box on September 14 bout at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and Wallin points out, “He needs to look good in this fight and beat me decisively and probably knock me out too. That’s how he feels and a lot of people look at it like that. He’s got everything to lose and nothing to gain and I have everything to gain and nothing to lose. So I’m very happy with that. I can go in without any pressure and he has to put on a great performance… All the other stuff, I don’t pay too much attention to that. I don’t read comments on articles. They’re going to find out that I belong at this level.”

After Fury’s controversial draw with WBC champion Deontay Wilder, Tyson easily stopped Schwarz inside two rounds in June. Schwarz had achieved little as a professional and was proven to be well out of his depth. At first glance Wallin’s 20-0 (13) record seems similar; as a professional he has beaten no one of note. But he does have pedigree. Wallin was a good amateur, boxing in Olympic qualifiers for Sweden, boxing Anthony Joshua in the 2010 Haringey Box Cup and also in Stockholm. He beat Frazer Clarke, now one GB’s medal hopes for the next Olympics, in Uppsala a few years ago. “I had 46 fights, 34 wins. I fought Joshua twice, I lost on points,” he told Boxing News. “I can’t compare [the Fury fight] to anything I’ve done so far. But it’s going to be a lot of fun. I’ve never been to Vegas, it’ll be my first time. But I think it’s going to be a great experience and I’m really looking forward to it.”

As a professional Wallin has fought no one at Tyson Fury’s standard

Wallin does have a plan. He says of Fury, “He’s a big guy, he uses his size well. He’s got a pretty good engine, throws a lot of punches. He’s a great boxer but I think that with [Wladimir] Klitschko and Wilder, they are good fighters if not great fighters, I still think they haven’t done what I’m trying to do and what I think I’m going to be able to do. So I want to explore that and that’s what we’re working on.”