Wallin Reflects On The Joshua Loss – ‘He Did Really Well’

Otto Wallin has reflected on his loss to Anthony Joshua

The Swede was stopped after round five as he failed to meet pre-fight expectations. Wallin was seen as a tough test. The southpaw only had one loss against Tyson Fury in a fight where he went the distance with the Gypsy King. Joshua had recently lost to Oleksandr Usyk, another southpaw, in back-to-back fights. But Wallin failed to trouble Joshua at all. His corner threw in the towel after round five, but Wallin had no excuses for his loss. 

“He was just better, I think. He did really well. He used his reach well. He hit me with some really good shots. Yeah, he was just better, I think. He hit me with some good body shots. I’m always ready for that, but I think they had a good game plan. I think maybe, I haven’t watched the fight, but … it was a much tougher fight than the one I had with Fury. He did really well,” Wallin said 

Wallin missed the opportunity to secure more lucrative fights in Saudi Arabia. The pressure was on Joshua to perform with the talks over a Deontay Wilder fight. Unlike Joseph Parker, who beat Wilder, Wallin failed to make it competitive. His trainer stopped the bout, but Wallin had no regrets. 

“I didn’t disagree with him [my trainer]. Joey told me that he’s going to stop it and I didn’t say anything. Joey’s been with me for 10 years. He has seen me training, seen me in almost all my fights. He has never pulled me out of anything. I trust Joey,” Wallin

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