It’s about to go down in Las Vegas! On September 14 at the T-Mobile Arena, Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury will be back in the ring to take on Otto Wallin, and he’ll also be defending his WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight championship. Coming into the matchup, the Briton is a massive favorite sitting with whopping -2500 odds against the Swede, who by the way has an underdog +1000 figure.
And don’t let the difference of names fool you, this fight may be bigger than you think. If a massive underdog like Otto Wallin does takes out Tyson Fury, we may very well never see a rematch between Fury and Deontay Wilder. That alone is enough reason to keep your eyes on this bout.
As negotiations for a Deontay Wilder rematch continue to be discussed, Tyson Fury seems to have personally picked his next opponent. Since coming back last June, Fury would partake in two warm-up fights against Francesco Planeta and Sefer Sefferi, and those would be before the first match against Wilder that would be a split-decision draw.
Back in June, Fury would face off against Tom Schwarz and would absolutely destroy him, and now here in his next match, he fights another unknown in Otto Wallin. Squaring off against Schwarz, Fury’s favorite odds, released by the best boxing betting sites were a bit more distant when he would be sitting at -5000, but we’re pretty much facing the same scenario with Fury and Wallin.
Speaking of Wallin, he’s entering this match placed as an underdog for the second time in his past three fights. He was an underdog against Adrian Granat back in August as well, and would end up pulling off the upset with a unanimous-decision win. To his credit, Wallin does carry a perfect 20-0 mark with him, but the problem with that is that the opposition that he faced has combined for a total of 259 losses.
Let’s get even deeper into the latest form of Tyson Fury and Otto Wallin.
For Tyson Fury, he’s just an absolute top-notch fighter, and nobody is even coming close to denying that. But here’s the issue for Fury with his latest form: With the exception of pure greatness against Deontay Wilder, Fury hasn’t been tested at all since 2015 where we would see him upset Wladimir Klitschko to win the title.
Despite the lack of competition, however, it does appear that his past struggles are no longer existent, and if any remaining kinks do need to be worked out, he has another tune-up match here against Otto Wallin. Remember, all of these tune-ups have been for a build-up for the upcoming rematch between Fury and Wilder, and you can certainly expect Fury to deliver on his favorite odds.
Out of his 20 wins, Wallin has compiled a tally of 13 knockouts, and that’s mainly due to his 6’5″ power. However, his competition hasn’t been the best and he’ll need to be extraordinarily aggressive out of the gate against Fury if he hopes for a victory.
Here is the latest form of each Tyson Fury and Otto Wallin:
Most fans and pundits are still talking about the draw with Deontay Wilder, but most would also like to avoid talking about the match that came afterwards.
I’m, of course, referring to the knockout win against Tom Schwarz back in June. It was a contest that was, well, not a contest at all, and a lot of people didn’t consider it to even be fair to begin with. With that being said, Fury would still walk away as a victor and is still in a perfect position for a rematch with Wilder.
Even though it’s easy to view the Schwarz win as a joke of a fight, you do have to give some credit to Fury. He would return from the brink after a nice-sized layoff, and would deliver a power win with a TKO. It’s a tip to both Fury’s mindset and work ethic.
In the match against Wilder, Fury would put on an absolute show and showed the globe that he has both talent and heart. Despite the fight ending in a draw, there were times where it looked like Fury left Wilder confused. It was some great boxing from Tyson Fury.
Before his fight against Wilder, Fury would only take on Francesco Pianeta and Sefer Seferi, and those boxers aren’t exactly among the greatest in the world, needless to say. With that being the case though, the expectations for him to dominate Wilder like he did Klitschko were pretty low, so all is forgiven with just a draw.
However, when you look at his past five fights, it’s still pretty impressive. He defeated Klitschko, who many consider the best heavyweight of his generation, in a unanimous decision, and many people felt like he should have gotten the win over Wilder. Despite three of the last five boxers that he’s faced being lowly, you still have to put Fury among the elite. He’s paid his dues.
Yeah, he’s undefeated in his latest stretch. Yeah, he’s got a flashy 5-0 record in his last five bouts. But as you see, the talent level wasn’t exactly the most elite. So, with that being said, why should Otto Wallin get a shot at Tyson Fury, one of the greatest heavyweights in the world?
To be honest with you, I have no earthly idea. The only hunch I have is what it appears to be, that Fury picked his own opponent as a tune-up contest for the Wilder rematch. So let’s just go ahead and be completely honest: This is a blatant tune-up fight for Tyson Fury.
But don’t let that fool you when it comes to the mindset of Wallin, he completely expects to walk away with a victory in this one. With that being said, I wouldn’t expect him to be massively endorsed by the betting community or anything. But with the twilight zone that we’ve been in politics and how crazy the news cycle can get, why not an upset here?
Okay, that’s laughable, my apologies. I understand that Wallin is 5-0 in his recent stretch, but with how dismal the competition was that he faced, and if it weren’t for Fury (most likely) picking Wallin to face off against, there’s no way he would be in this situation right now.
I don’t mean to be so harsh, anybody who competes in the UFC and mixed martial arts deserves respect. But just be honest here for a minute: Nobody knows who Srdan Govedarica, Nick Kisner and Adrian Granat is. Meaning, this is a huge upgrade in talent that Wallin is facing off against.
You’ve still got to give him credit though. Even though the Kisner “win” was a no-decision, it’s still considered a win on his resume to put him at 5-0 in his recent stretch. In this fight against Fury though, things get a bit more sticky. The only real way he can obtain a victory here is if he does so by knockout, but with his punch not having power like that, that’s highly-likely not to happen. Otto Wallin may be in way over his head with Tyson Fury.
When Tyson Fury was in the ring with Tom Schwarz, it would be a beautiful display of boxing from Fury, taking out his German competition in the second round after superb defense. You have to consider Fury as one of the top true heavyweight boxers, and this is because of his excellent head movement and being quick on his feet, while also hitting power jabs from a long distance to keep his opposition separated from him.
With Wallin, he puts a lot of aggression into his fighting, and this is due to immediately putting his head down to put himself on the attack early on. He’s a thoroughbred southpaw, and he’s excellent in hitting his opponents to weaken their body and movement. Once they slow down, that’s when Wallin scans for the sweet spot and goes for the kill. There’s a lot of potential for Wallin and his career, but let’s be honest here, he’s certainly out of his league at the moment taking on Tyson Fury — this is especially true considering Fury labels this fight as a tune-up for the Deontay Wilder rematch in 2020. As a result, don’t be shocked to see a quick knockout in this one.
BETTING PREDICTION: Tyson Fury (-2500)
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