Boxing: Does Otto Wallin stand a chance against Tyson Fury?

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September 11th, 2019

Who is Otto Wallin? Boxing fans will get the answer to the question many have asked since he was initially announced as Tyson Fury’s opponent this weekend. As Fury looks to get one last fight in before a massive showdown with Deontay Wilder, Wallin hopes to spring an upset for the ages.

Tyson Fury (28-0-1) vs. Otto Wallin (20-0-1) odds

Tyson Fury
Otto Wallin
As Fury inches closer to a rematch with Wilder, he will have another tune up under the bright lights against an unknown and unproven opponent. What Wallin represents is a chance for Fury to display his mobility and offense against a foe closer to Wilder’s size, and Wallin wasn’t chosen to stand a chance.

The undefeated Swede is closer to the level of a regional talent than a contender, and he hasn't fought anyone other than journeymen and no-hopers in his 20 wins. While Wallin is a decent defender, his punching power and overall technique is middling at best, and he hasn’t shown the ring generalship or tenacity to trouble a fighter of Fury’s class.
This fight will come down to what Fury is hoping to accomplish. In his last fight before the rematch with Wilder, Fury is going to try and get as many rounds out of Wallin as he can and won’t go for a quick stoppage like he did against Tom Schwarz a few months ago. Should Fury hurt Wallin early, he might let him off the hook to try an experimental approach.

Wallin may try his best to stink up the fight and throw Fury off his rhythm, but Fury’s own awkwardness and superior size will leave him resorting to covering up and initiating clinches to stay on his feet. Once Fury is satisfied with his work rate and output, he’ll take the fight directly to Wallin and put him down after a few clubbing shots.

Unless Fury is careless or overtrained, he is going to look like a man who can go 20 rounds and will throw punches from all angles against a foe that will be too passive to respond. Wallin is going to swim against the current and try to make a fight out of it, but Fury’s speed and toolbox will ensure any possibility of an upset remains improbable.

In a fight that more resembles a lopsided sparring session, expect Fury to outclass Wallin early and to carry him into the later rounds before putting an end to it in the ninth.

Pick: Fury (-2225)

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