Otto Wallin has had a hard time securing a fight.
From Joseph Parker to Anthony Joshua, Wallin’s name has been thrown into the mix, but nothing ever came of it. Still, Wallin told FIGHT SPORTS that, hopefully, if he gets past Helaman Olguin on Friday in Windham, he can secure that big name.
“I’m a big risk for a lot of guys,” Wallin said of his promoter, Dmitry Salita’s, claims that he is the most “avoided” and “feared” fighters in the heavyweight division.
“And maybe some people say that I’m a ‘low’ reward, but that’s why I say I need to stay active and jump the rankings so there will be a bigger reward to fight me.”
Wallin told FIGHT SPORTS that there were “some talks” to fight Parker, but there was nothing really serious that came from it. He added that it’s Salita that primarily handles those talks.
Another rumored possibility was a shot at former unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. Back in October, Wallin was named as an option – along with Dillian Whyte and Deontay Wilder – to face Joshua in his comeback fight.
Joshua ultimately chose to face Jermaine Franklin on April 1, but Wallin said that if he’s victorious on Friday, maybe he can get a spot in line.
“[Joshua] is still one of the best guys and one of the biggest names in the division and, maybe, in boxing too,” Wallin added.
“That would mean a lot to me and that would be a great opportunity for me to fight somebody like him. And if I can win that fight, it’ll take my career to new heights.”
But Wallin isn’t there just yet.
First, he’s facing Olguin who is 9-4-1 with four knockouts. Olguin most recently fought to a draw with Roney Hines. In 2021, he lost to Terrell Woods for the vacant American Boxing Federation USA heavyweight title.
Wallin described his opponent as an “OK” fighter, but acknowledged that you can never underestimate anyone because everything can change with “one punch.” Still, the Swedish boxer – who is best known for his fight against Tyson Fury in 2019 – said that he’s confident in his skills; he just has to focus on being himself.
The main card is set to start at 6 p.m. ET while the main event is expected to hit the ring at 10 p.m. ET tonight.