Wallin Ready To Prove AJ Wrong
Otto Wallin accepts that he is the underdog in his September 14th fight with Tyson Fury, but the undefeated Swede refuses to let that get to him.
Fury is listed as a 25-1 favorite in many betting lines prior to Fury’s T-Mobile Arena debut, former world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has been a vocal critic of Fury choosing Wallin, who is allegedly the only heavyweight who stepped up to the challenge put forth by the former unified world champion.
“I don’t care too much,” Wallin told BBC Sport in regards to Joshua’s criticism. “He probably means I haven’t been at that elite level.”
“I haven’t been at the elite level in fights but I have sparred big names and know I am at their level – Anthony Joshua, Kubrat Pulev, Adam Kownacki, Jarrell Miller, all different guys, and I know I am on this level. I am not worried about that, it’s just that people haven’t seen. Anthony knows I am a good fighter. Yes, it helps a little with motivation. I have no pressure at all – I can only go in there and do my best.”
Before this fight was booked, Fury and WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder have set forth a deal for a 2020 rematch.
The planned February fight is not official and with Wilder rematching Luis Ortiz later this fall and Wallin looking for an upset, the plan may go up in smoke.
“I am fighting probably the best heavyweight out there,” Wallin said of Fury, at least the best boxer.”
“He is a big guy, uses his size well. He is very skilled and can do a lot of things in there,” the undefeated fighter continued.
“He is tricky and has beaten good fighters but there are some things that people haven’t done to him. I am really confident in myself and my work ethic. I have worked for a long time and dreamed of this moment. Now it is finally here and I have to try and grab it with both hands.”