Salita: Wallin Needs Fights Before Fury Rematch
The rise back to championship prominence is still on the mind of Otto Wallin, who came close to beating Tyson Fury last September. With obstacles in his way, there is hope that “All In” gets his opportunity. According to Dmitry Salita, there are ways to work around that.
Salita, of Salita Promotions, spoke to Sky Sports about Wallin’s (20-1, 1NC) path to gold. Wallin had a chance to get back into form in February, but had to back out of his bout against Lucas Browne due to a foot injury. With Fury on top of the world following his win over Deontay Wilder in early February, Wallin will have to work hard to get his attention.
“Tyson Fury is the king of the division,” Salita stated. “Outside of him, it’s wide open and I believe Otto is the best of the pack. Once he gets two or three comeback fights, he will be truly ready for the Fury rematch.”
During the fight between Fury and Wallin, the latter gave Fury a run for his money, and then some. Wallin cut Fury above his eye, with enough blood that the fight was almost stopped at one point. Wallin forced Fury to dig deep and work harder than he had in a long time. In a controversial scoring, the judges all gave the bout to Fury, 116-112, 117-111, 118-110. Commended for his efforts, fans gained a whole new appreciation for the Swedish fighter.
Since then, Top Rank has added more heavyweight contenders, including Jarrell Miller and Jared Anderson. With Fury on borrowed time due to the length of his contract and desire to retire, Wallin will need to find a way back into the fold.
It will also be difficult due to the coronavirus pandemic that has affected the entire world. All fights the next few months have been postponed. Additionally, Wallin believes he has the virus, and is quarantining as we speak.
“Otto is in New York now. He is recovering and doing physiotherapy at home for his foot,” Salita went on to say. “He will be ready to get back to normal training in the beginning of May. He has had a challenging few months with the foot injury and then coronavirus, but he is in good spirits and now in good health physically.”
Salita is hoping to have Wallin back in the ring soon. If healthy, who would you like to see him face first?