After Taking Fury To the Limit, Wallin Looking For Big Fights
What if Otto Wallin beat Tyson Fury?
That is a question that many are still asking today, as the Swedish fighter almost took down the lineal and now-WBC Heavyweight Champion back in September. Wallin (20-1, 1NC) became an overnight sensation for how he battled against Fury.
Since the fight, Wallin has been healing from a foot injury. That stopped him from facing Lucas Browne in March. He also was dealing with the coronavirus, something he did not go to the hospital for. Despite all of that, it appears he is in good spirits. Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions spoke with Sky Sports about his status. He believes Wallin is just about ready to come back to boxing.
“Otto has finished his physical therapy for the injured foot and is returning back to boxing training,” Salita stated. “The plan is for Otto to get back into boxing shape and back to the gym once they open up in New York. This week he started doing some boxing training with his trainer Joey Gamache outside in the park.”
“Otto has had a challenging several months with fracturing his foot and then overcoming Covid-19. The plan would be to have him back in the ring late summer.”
During the fight against Fury, Wallin controlled the early rounds. By the third and fourth, Fury had a cut above his eye that would get worse as time went on. The referee would not call for the fight, nor would Fury’s corner. From the sixth round on, Fury was able to absorb the punishment brought by Wallin’s shots and landed a few of his own. Fury ended up winning the bout via unanimous decision.
Salita has mentioned before that Wallin would need warmup bouts before getting back to major competition. A rematch with Fury is on the table down the line. With all eyes on him after the Fury fight, Salita believes Wallin has an opportunity against some good fighters within the heavyweight division. If not Fury, he could face the interim WBC heavyweight Champion in Dillian Whyte or the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua.
“Otto has proved his world-class abilities in his last fight versus Tyson Fury, and in the near future can be ready for Joshua and Whyte,” Salita went on to say.