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Tyson Fury to Fight Otto Wallin on Sept 14

Sport

Ahmed Ahmed

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 18:59 GMT

Tyson Fury will face undefeated Swedish contender Otto Wallin in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on September 14th.

The former world heavyweight champion believes the fight against the unbeaten Swede will set him up for a rematch against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder early next year.

Fury produced a scintillating performance to beat Germany’s Tom Schwartz by second round TKO in the MGM Grand on June 15th. The bout improved his record to 28 wins (20KO), 0 losses and, one draw.

The Brit’s only draw came against Wilder in a world title fight in the Staples Centre, Los Angeles, in December 2018. Many observers felt Fury had won the fight despite being knocked down twice.

The clash against Wallin is a must-win for Fury if he wants to reclaim his world titles that he relinquished in 2016 after mental health problems left him unable to compete. He has since recovered and found his way back into sport, but the BBC reported that the Swedish fighter said he was ready to derail his comeback.

"I know I'm an underdog in this fight, but I'm ready for this opportunity and I'm going to grab it with both hands," said Wallin, 28. "Anybody can get beat and especially in the heavyweight division. I like the fact that I have everything to gain and Tyson has everything to lose."

Wilder is scheduled to fight Luis Ortiz later this year and he and Fury are expected to clash again in 2020.


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