Top Rank has found another unbeaten but obscure young European heavyweight with no experience of boxing a top 10 contender in a big event as fodder for Tyson Fury before he fights a proposed rematch with WBC champion Deontay Wilder in February.
Fury’s trainer Ben Davison has expressed his view that it is not good for top-level fighters to be constantly in hard gruelling fights, a point that I think most trainers might agree with, but of course it’s the fans that buy the tickets that pay for Fury and Davison’s comfortable lifestyle, so a compromise has to be struck where Fury gets a reasonable test against an opponent that has come to win and the fans get the entertainment that they have paid their hard-earned cash for. When was the last time Deontay Wilder took on an opponent outside the top 10 contenders in the world?
Sweden’s Otto Wallin may well be a better fighter than Tom Schwarz who fell to Fury in 2 rounds in June in Las Vegas but Fury’s problem is that all but the hardcore boxing fans neither know nor care who Wallin is.
Fury vs Wallin takes place at the T-mobile Aren in Las Vegas on Saturday 14th September and will be shown on ESPN in the United States and BT Sports in the United Kingdom. Top Rank had talked about staging Fury’s next fight at Madison Square Garden in a bid to give him wider exposure after the Schwarz fight in Las Vegas.
I’ve got no doubt that if Bob Arum said to Fury that he will be facing Joe Joyce on September 14th he would take the fight without blinking, but Arum’s promotional company Top Rank have paid Fury $100m in a five-fight deal knowing that the best scenario for them to earn the most money from the agreement is for Fury to beat Wilder and take his WBC belt into negotiations for a huge fight with compatriot Anthony Joshua sometime in 2020. This, of course, is providing Joshua wins back his old belts from Ruiz in their December 7th rematch in Saudi Arabia.
There is currently no-one else in boxing capable of winning over fans with their charisma quite like Tyson Fury, He is a PR agents dream come true, his life story is a Hollywood movie waiting to happen and yet he languishes behind Joshua in the earning stakes, but not if he convincingly beats Wilder, then a 50/50 split is easily achievable.
So, for now, it’s another Tom Schwarz style outing against the 28-year-old Wallin from Sundsvall, Sweden. Wallin’s best win was a unanimous point’s win in a European heavyweight title fight against fellow Swede Adrian Granat in April last year. Granat had lost by 1st round Ko to Alexander Dimitrenko, the big Russian that Andy Ruiz Jr beat in 5 rounds in Carson City, California 5 weeks before he beat Joshua at Madison Square Garden in June.
Southpaw Wallin will go into the fight knowing that he would change his life forever with a win. Fury is considered one of the four best heavyweights in the world, the best by some. The December 2018 Fury vs Wilder fight took Fury to new heights in the minds of many. How he got up from the second knockdown is a mystery, but he then looked on top by the end of the round. Amazing powers of recovery for sure.
I hope Fury doesn’t try to keep his Swedish foe upright just to put on a show, he needs to get him out of there in devastating fashion to build up the Wilder rematch.
Fury to knock out Wallin in 2 rounds.