Heavyweight contender Otto Wallin has accused Tyson Fury of ‘forgetting’ about him in the wake of their 2019 war.
Just under three years ago, Otto Wallin took Tyson Fury to the limit in what proved to be one of the toughest tests to date for ‘The Gypsy King’. He was rocked, opened up with some nasty cuts and taken the full distance, with Fury just about being able to avoid the fight being stopped – which was a real risk thanks to the graphic nature of the cut above his eye.
From that point, the Brit proceeded to defeat Deontay Wilder twice before seeing off the challenge of Dillian Whyte last month at Wembley. He’s promised to ride off into the sunset and end his pro career but within the boxing community, there aren’t a whole lot of folks that believe he genuinely wants to walk away.
Otto Wallin, who hasn’t lost since dropping the decision to Fury, continues to go from strength to strength and is hungrier than most for another crack at The Ring and WBC heavyweight champion.
In a post-fight interview following his win last night, Wallin went straight to the point in an attempt to grab Tyson’s attention.
“I want to say thanks to everyone who came out,” Wallin said. “It’s my first time in Michigan and I really enjoyed it. (Tyson) Fury forgot about me. He doesn’t want to fight, but I’m still going to be the next heavyweight champion from Sweden, no matter who I have to beat.”
The road back
After the close call against Fury, Wallin went back to the drawing board and managed to string together three nice wins against Travis Kauffman, Dominic Breazeale and Kamil Sokołowski.
Then, on Thursday, another gritty display allowed him to take his record up to 24-1 (1) as he neutralised Rydell Booker en route to victory.
Some would argue his style isn’t appealing enough to warrant another big time bout with someone like Fury and there’s a method behind that line of thinking. Still, if he keeps on winning and does so against fellow top contenders, the masses won’t be able to deny him for much longer.