Sunday 15 September: 4.30am
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Tyson Fury is still waiting for his rematch with Deontay Wilder. This is his second fight since their draw and again he’s up against a poor quality opponent. No match against a top ten ranked boxer for the Gypsy King. Instead, it’s another routine match against an outclassed unbeaten European heavyweight who hasn’t faced any major opposition. That’s a supporting bout at the O2 not a PPV main event in Las Vegas. Fury dare not lose this contest!
The heavyweight scene is more lively now than it has been in many a year. The problem is, we’re not exactly getting to see the absolute top fights that we want too. Television deals and that shock Anthony Joshua defeat to Andy Ruiz haven’t helped.
Tyson Fury is still waiting for his rematch with Deontay Wilder. He claims that will take place in February of 2020 but do you believe everything that comes out of his mouth? Wilder is due to take on Luis Ortiz before the end of this year. It’s unlikely he’ll be back in the ring in February.
In the meantime, all Fury can do is keep himself active and make millions from his new television deal. The problem is the fights that Fury are having are against poor opposition. Tom Schwarz had somehow become the number two ranked boxer in the WBO. The pure farce of that was shown as Fury totally outclassed his opponent and stopped him in the second round.
That fight told us little that we didn’t know. We already knew that Fury can do all the showmanship, though we all know what happened to Apollo Creed in the end. We already knew that Fury can duck and dive and mess about in the ring. The only thing that was perhaps new was his punching power. Did he hit harder than in previous contests or was he just up against a poor opponent, probably the latter. Fury is 1/3 (1.33) at Bet365 to win this fight by a KO, TKO or technical decision.
These fights keep Fury active and wealthy but not much more. Ticket sales are reported to be poor for this bout against Wallin. Perhaps fans believe the man who hold the fake linear title isn’t worth paying to see if he’s up against lower level opponents who have little chance of beating him.
Otto Wallin is ranked 12th by the IBF but you have to ask yourself, why? He’s 28 and has won all 20 of his fights. His last appearance in the ring was against Nick Kisner who Boxrec rank 55th in America and 208th in the world. An accidental headbutt in the first round ended the fight and it was declared a no-contest. Not exactly the ideal preparation to take on Tyson Fury.
You have to go back to April 2018 for his last fight that actually produced a result. That saw him defeat Adrian Granat on points to become the European Heavyweight Champion. That title alone gives him his ranking, though none of the other organisations have him in their top 15. For him to be above both Joseph Parker and Alexander Povetkin shows how crazy the IBF rankings are. Final evidence comes from the fact Joshua and Fury are ranked fifth and sixth by them.
Wallin has only had four fights since December 2016 and this is a massive step up in class for him. He hasn’t fought anyone who you could call a contender for the world title. He is going to be outclassed in this fight so hopefully he’s getting a decent pay day and can then start rebuilding his career after an inevitable defeat. This is boxing though and Fury has been knocked down in the past.
The odds on Wallin getting lucky and really messing up a lot of future fight plans are 16/1 (17.0) at Betfair. If you believe he could beat Fury by KO, TKO or technical decision, Paddy Power will give you 22/1 (23.0).
Tyson Fury has had 29 pro fights and has won 28 with one draw. He has won 20 of his fights inside the distance. Otto Wallin has 20 wins and that one no-contest earlier this year. He has won 13 inside the distance.
Tyson Fury is the overwhelming favourite for this fight. It’s likely to be a flash ring entrance, a bit of showboating, some dazzling skills and an inside the distance win. Then it’ll be time for a bit of singing, boasting and calling out Wilder. A Fury win inside six rounds is likely and it’s 9/4 (3.25) at Ladbrokes that this fight ends in rounds 1-4.