Dmitry Salita Wants Otto Walin to Face Deontay Wilder Next
No. 11-rated heavyweight Otto Walin made easy work of hometown boxer Rydell Booker in the main event of Salita Promotions’ Detroit Brawl event at Ford Community Center, Dearborn, Michigan.
The Swedish Southpaw started at a slow pace but as the round went by, the 31-year-old got into his groove and started to land crips shots both up and downstairs. Booker (26-6-1, 13 KOs) had no answer to Walin’s superior conditioning and harder punches.
Walin (24-1, 14 KOs) made Booker look ordinary with the Detroit-native unable to land any of the combos he is known for.
The Swedish fighter won the bout with a unanimous 10-round decision with all three judges scoring 99-91, 100-90 and 99-91 in his favor.
Wallin’s only loss was in the hands of the WBC and The Ring magazine champ, Tyson Fury back in 2019.
It was the time when Wallin just started his boxing venture in the US. But since then, the Swedish southpaw has shown immense improvement in his game and wants to avenge his loss against the ‘Gypsy King’ if the latter agrees to have another ring outing.
“I want to say thanks to everyone who came out,” said Walin in his post-fight interview at Ford Community Center.
“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.”
Dmitriy Salita, Wallin’s promoter, has some other ideas even if Fury’s fight doesn’t come to fruition. Salita believes that the 31-year-old can give the former WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, a run for his money if the two ever meet in the future.
“I think Otto would love to fight Deontay Wilder if Deontay Wilder,” Dmitriy Salita, Wallin’s promoter, told Boxing Scene.
“I think that’s a great fight that makes a lot of sense because Otto gave Tyson Fury the most difficult fight of his career. Obviously, Wilder lost to Fury twice in their memorable trilogy. So, I think that’s the fight that makes the most sense. And I’ve actually reached out to Team Wilder and let them know that Otto can be available.”
These words have come after the hard-hitting Tuscaloosa, Alabama native revealed recently that he intends to continue his career as he wants to win another world title before signing off.
Salita isn’t complacent by calling out Wilder as he knows it will be difficult to get Wilder and his team on terms for a fight at this stage of his career against the young Walin.
He is also looking for some other options available for the Swedish prodigy.
“So, you know, we would fight Dillian Whyte. That’s still a significant fight, even after what happened with him and Tyson Fury,” Salita said.
“[Joseph] Parker, [Dereck] Chisora, Joe Joyce, all those fights I think are in play for Otto and are fights we would like to explore.”