Tyson Fury wanted to fight five heavyweights instead of Otto Wallin

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Tyson Fury is set to follow his June win over Tom Schwarz with a bout against little-known Swede Otto Wallin.

The Gypsy King has been targeting a Deontay Wilder-like opponent to help prepare for their supposed 2020 rematch, but Otto Wallin, a below-the-radar southpaw, has emerged as the opponent for the September 14 clash in Las Vegas.

Wallin is unbeaten in his professional career, but his 20 previous opponents have lost 259 bouts between them while scoring just 271 wins.

The lineal champion and his management team tried to create a fight with no less than five other heavyweights before settling for Wallin.

Commenting on the difficulty Fury’s trainer, Ben Davison said, as per The Express: “You’ve got Al Haymon [at] PBC, you’ve got Top Rank, DAZN with Joshua and that. They all want to keep their heavyweights for who they’ve got.

“I know that [Kubrat] Pulev is in a situation for the IBF mandatory, he’s not going to take that fight [against Tyson Fury], didn’t want to take that fight.

“An offer got put out to Alexander Povetkin - he took the Hughie [Fury] fight. It’s difficult, y’know.

“Tyson said that he wanted [Jarrell] Big Baby Miller - he wasn’t going to get his licence in time (after a drugs offence).

“He then said Trevor Bryan, who signed to fight Manuel Charr. It’s very difficult.

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“Adam Kownacki, he’s with PBC. Obviously [Anthony] Joshua and [Andy] Ruiz [Jr] are having their rematch. It was difficult. Luis Ortiz and Deontay Wilder [are having a rematch].”

Fury’s rematch with Wilder is set to take place in the New Year, with a rumoured February date planned. 

“It’s no secret that Tyson and Deontay are looking to fight in the early part of next year,” Davison added.

“So it wasn’t the be all and end all because the big fights are around the corner.”

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