Tyson Fury insists minnow Otto Wallin is a test… and ideal warm-up for Deontay Wilder rematch

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TYSON FURY hopes that knocking out minnow Otto Wallin will finally seal a rematch with old foe Deontay Wilder.

The Gypsy King returns to Las Vegas to face the unknown Swede on September 14.

Tyson Fury insists minnow Otto Wallin is a test… and ideal warm-up for Deontay Wilder rematch3 Tyson Fury sees Otto Wallin as the perfect warm-up for Deontay WilderCredit: Getty
Tyson Fury insists minnow Otto Wallin is a test… and ideal warm-up for Deontay Wilder rematch3 Fury will take on minnow Wallin as he prepares for a rematch with WilderCredit: Getty

It will be his second bout since a controversial draw with WBC heavyweight champ Wilder in Los Angeles last December.

Fury, 31, has been demanding a rematch ever since — and reckons it is on the cards next year should he beat Wallin, 22, at the T-Mobile Arena.

The Mancunian — who defeated Tom Schwarz on his Sin City debut in June — said: “I am pleased to be back in Las Vegas.

“I loved my time there in my last fight and am going to put on a show again.

“Otto Wallin is a world-ranked fighter and is tall — something we want with the Deontay Wilder rematch around the corner.

“He is also a southpaw, which will bring its own obstacles, but I will be fully focused to get this job done because the rematch needs to happen.”

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Wilder flattened Dominic Breazeale in the first round in May and is set for a rematch against Luis Ortiz later this year having beaten the Cuban in March 2018.

While former heavyweight champion Fury will be looking for his 29th win in 30 bouts, Wallin — who is undefeated in 21 professional fights — says his opponent “has everything to lose”.

He said: “I know I’m an underdog but I’m going to grab this opportunity with both hands.

“I like the fact that I have everything to gain and Tyson has everything to lose.”

Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn also appeared to take a pop at Fury for trying to rack up some cheap wins.

Hearn pointed out that AJ, 29 — who faces Andy Ruiz Jr in a December rematch in Saudi Arabia after losing his heavyweight titles to the Mexican in June — refused any "warm-up" bouts.

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He said: “A warm-up fight was put to Anthony and it was put to bed within five seconds.

“At a young age he was fighting Wladimir Klitschko, Joseph Parker and Alexander Povetkin.

“Maybe his inexperience cost him the world titles but he wasn’t looking to take a Tom Schwarz or an Otto Wallin.”

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