Looking Back: Otto Wallin’s Close Fight Against Tyson Fury

Otto Wallin is set to return to the ring for the first time since his dramatic fight against the lineal heavyweight Champion in Tyson Fury. Facing off against Travis Kauffman inside the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, “All In” is ready to prove he is the real deal.

Wallin (20-1, 1 NC), who suffered a stress fracture in his left foot and tested positive for COVID-19 in March, is fighting to become one step closer to a world title. Facing Fury was a huge motivation factor for Wallin. Requiring Fury to end up receiving over 40 stitches above his eye, there was a chance he won the fight. Before his fight on August 15, one must reflect on the bout that made him a true star.

FIGHT SPORTS looks back at September’s clash between the two heavyweights.

As a setup, Fury (30-0-1) was just coming off of a draw against Deontay Wilder in 2018. He would sign with Top Rank a few months after, while negotiations for the rematch were being made. He would easily beat Tom Schwarz before facing off against Wallin inside the T-Mobile Arena in Nevada. Wallin was coming off of a no-contest against Nick Kisner and was a WBA Continental Heavyweight Champion.

The (Literal) Hook

There were two sides of the fight; one that benefited Wallin and the other that favored Fury. The fight started with the two getting an understanding of who was in front of them. Wallin would end up hitting a left hand to the body of Fury early and would chase after Fury to start to fight inside. He would then stare Fury down in the first round, informing him he was ready for a war.

Round two saw Wallin reach after Fury, while Fury was trying to find a good spot for himself. Fury would throw jabs but Wallin would hit more body shots. He had Fury by the corner but Fury would sweep with a wide shot with less than a minute left in the round. Everything changed in round three. Wallin was aggressive again, landing uppercut and overhand shots. He would continue to hit the body with combination shots, and after trading shots, Fury would get cut above the eye following a left by Wallin. That would be a huge factor in the next few rounds.

In the fourth, Wallin targeted the cut, and blood was pouring down as the fight went on. Whether it be by vicious shots or a dirty rake, anything was done to force the referee and the trainers to call the fight. Fury looked like the cut was affecting him, but would not back down. Fury would get more aggressive in round five but Wallin would continue to aim for the head. The cut was looked at in the sixth as Fury couldn’t see, but Fury was able to continue. He then went on the inside but Wallin tried swiping the cut towards the end of the round.

The second half of this fight, starting with round seven, saw Fury hit the accelerator button. He knew the cut would worsen as the fight went on. Fury would attack the body and go after Wallin, which was different. Meanwhile, Wallin would try everything to get momentum back, including getting close to Fury. It was a different type of fight for Fury, and it only progressed. Wallin would continue to go after the cut.

Through eight rounds, Wallin had thrown 224 punches, with 79 connecting. Fury was throwing 383 punches with 98 landing, but Wallin’s left from earlier was a big factor.

Fury would come in with a right hand towards the end of round nine and would push Wallin back. Looking for the big shot, Fury would continue his tactical offense, while Wallin tried to be strategic. Wallin would find one last attempt to take down Fury, as he landed significant shots to the body and affected eye. Fury, with blood on his shorts, would land nasty rights.

The last round saw Wallin storm back with a huge left. He would continue to land shots as a form of a comeback. The 30-1 underdog would do whatever it took to get the judges on his side as the fight came to a close.

The Verdict

Fury would win via unanimous decision, 116-112, 117-111 and 118-110, propelling him to face Wilder last February. While it took a while for Wallin to come back and fight, his name has value within the United States thanks to his effort.

The fight was a turning point for Wallin and Fury. The effort brought by both men will be considered a classic under the Top Rank banner. If Wallin can beat Kauffman, his path to a world title could be clear. A rematch with Fury, if possible, could see a very interesting affair take place.

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