Tyson Fury (28-0-1) vs. Otto Wallin (20-0-(1 NC)) TV: ESPN +
WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight and Lineal Heavyweight Title Fight: Saturday, September 14th 7:30 PM ET (T-Mobile Arena ) Las Vegas, Nevada
Fight odds: Tyson Fury -3000 Otto Wallin +1100
Fanduel Boxing Pick Tyson Fury vs. Otto Wallin
Tyson Fury will continue his comeback to boxing on Saturday against the Swedish heavyweight, Otto Wallin. Fury might be the best heavyweight in the world and has looked exceptional in recent fights. Fury is an interesting athlete that is truly authentic and gives fans a show inside and outside the ring. Fury is coming off a impressive win over Tom Schwarz. Schwarz was overmatched and Fury outboxed him en route to a dominant 2nd Round knockout win. In the short fight, Fury showed great head movement and used his range, jab and long reach to keep his opponent at bay. Fury quickly picked off Schwarz and effortlessly rained down shots before the referee mercifully stopped the fight.
Fury, the “Gypsy King” is a true showman and will be making his return to Las Vegas for a second consecutive fight. Following his knockout win over Schwarz, Fury sang a beautiful rendition of Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” to his wife and the audience watching as he delighted the crowd with his fists and then his voice. This will be the third fight that Fury will have in the US since making his comeback as he establishes himself to the American audience.
Fury has all the tools that a great heavyweight boxer needs to dominate the division. Fury has excellent fundamentals and decent punching power. With innate physical gifts and the ability to make in fight adjustments, Fury will be very difficult to beat. Fury embarrassed Schwarz ducking his punches with side to side head movement with his hands down like he was Roy Jones Jr. in his prime. Wallin is better than Schwarz, but is not the toughest fighter Fury has faced.
Fury’s story is a testament to the power of the human will and the beauty of boxing. Fury has never lost inside the ring, but has experienced his share of struggles outside of it. Fury reached the pinnacle of the sport after beating Vladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision in November of 2015 and ending Klitschko’s 11 year unbeaten streak in the heavyweight division. Fury ended Klitschko’s dominant run in the division and became the unified champion at heavyweight. Following that win, Fury would not return to the ring until June of 2018. In those 3 years, Fury was stripped of his Heavyweight Titles and battled alcoholism, drug abuse, depression, suicidal thoughts and ballooned up to 400 pounds.
Eventually, Fury would return to the sport that had already given him so much. Fury fell in love with boxing again and saved his trouble soul from possible suicide and continued drug and alcohol abuse. Fury is a mental health advocate and is a true inspiration for anyone who is going through a tough time. One of the key components to Fury’s successful comeback following a 3 year layoff from the sport has been his trainer Ben Davison. Davison and Fury both dealt with depression and together are helping each other overcome their demons to reach their full potential. Davison, 27 is a young British trainer that currently trains Tyson Fury, Isaac Lowe and Billy Joe Saunders. Together, Davison has helped re-establish Fury as possibly the best heavyweight in the sport.
Fanduel Boxing Pick Tyson Fury vs. Otto Wallin
The fight that really showed that Fury was a force to be reckoned with was his fight against Deontay Wilder in December of 2018. Wilder is considered one of the top heavyweights, but was largely outboxed against Fury. If not for the two knockdowns that Wilder scored, Fury easily wins that fight by decision. Fury beat Wilder in most of the boxing exchanges and was the quicker fighter, but Fury got caught with some power shots that put him on the canvas twice over the course of 12 Rounds. The fight was declared a draw, making a rematch warranted and likely to happen in the future. Fury has out-boxed Wilder and Klitschko in the past, so beating Wallin shouldn’t be too much of an issue. Since the Wilder fight, Fury signed a five fight, $100 million dollar contract with ESPN and should continue his ascension against Wallin.
Fury is 31, 6’9 and 254.4 lbs with a 85 inch reach. Wallin is 28, 6’6 and 236 lbs with a 78 inch reach. Wallin is an awkward southpaw fighter that is undefeated and has decent fundamentals. Wallin will be fighting his toughest opponent in Fury. Wallin has decent power with 13 of his 20 fights ending in knockouts. Wallin’s overhand right has knocked out opponents before and he can set it up nicely as a powerful counterpunch that can catch opponents off guard. As long as Fury controls the range with his jab and uses his excellent ring and head movement, it should be a frustrating and painful night for Wallin. Fury is difficult to hit and does not usually get into brawls during fights. Expect Fury to control the distance and take his time to get the knockout win.