Tyson Fury v Otto Wallin Preview5 min read
Tyson Fury returns to the ring this weekend in Las Vegas with the unbeaten heavyweight looking to produce another dominant performance against Otto Wallin to move a step closer to a rematch with Deontay Wilder. Fury is a huge favourite to win on Saturday against the unheralded Wallin at the T-Mobile Arena.
Fury out to make a statement in Sin City
The great entertainer Fury made an eye-catching debut in Vegas in June and the British boxer makes a quick return to Sin City as he headlines this weekend’s bill. Fury dismantled Tom Schwarz in his last bout with a second-round knockout and he will be expected to win Saturday’s fight in similarly quick time.
Fury has an outstanding professional record of 28 wins, with 21 inside the distance, and a controversial draw against Wilder at the end of last year.
The 31-year-old is on a mission to win the world heavyweight titles again after his points triumph against Wladimir Klitschko four years ago.
An awful lot has happened since that euphoric night of course, with Fury out of the ring for more than two years due to depression and drugs.
In only his third fight following his comeback, Fury challenged Wilder for the WBC heavyweight title in Los Angeles and he was only denied victory by a hotly disputed draw.
The much-anticipated rematch has been reportedly set for early next year although this certainly cannot be guaranteed with the volatile politics of boxing.
Fury was in much better shape this summer for the fight against Schwarz and the Gypsy King demonstrated his outstanding boxing skills and hand speed which befuddled the German.
Wallin has the chance of a lifetime
Wallin has the opportunity to pull off a monumental upset and the Swede will be determined to grasp his chance.
The unbeaten 28-year-old has a record of 20 wins with 13 victories inside the distance, although his most recent bout ended in a no contest.
The southpaw has sparred against Anthony Joshua, Kubrat Pulev and Jarrell Miller but his opponents in the ring have simply not been in this league.
All of his fights took place in Europe until facing Nick Kisner in Atlantic City in April. This contest did not go to plan though, as an accidental clash of heads in the first round resulted in the no contest.
Fury v Wallin: The verdict
Fury is an elite fighter and arguably the best heavyweight boxer in the world. It is no surprise then that this mismatch seems like a foregone conclusion with Fury as short as 1/25 for the victory.
Wallin has been dismissed as a no-hoper, Joshua and promoter Eddie Hearn were both particularly critical, with the 10/1 shot looking out of his depth here and impossible to fancy.
Fury has been in America for five weeks and looks in tremendous shape with the showman showing no hint of complacency.
The Gypsy King knows he needs to entertain and impress for the American audience, headlining the Mexican Independence weekend celebrations normally reserved for Canelo Alvarez, with a huge showdown with Wilder lined up for his next fight.
Fury was spiteful during his easy win over Schwarz and this should be another quick night. The overwhelming favourite is likely to finish this early with a win in the first three rounds offering potential value at 9/2.
Tip: Tyson Fury to win in rounds 1-3