Tyson Fury urged to fight Otto Wallin after giving up on Wilder bout

Tyson Fury is urged to agree rematch with Otto Wallin after his trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder collapsed as Swedish star’s promoter says he is ‘the man that came closest to beating him’

  • Tyson Fury is looking for his next opponent after giving up on Deontay Wilder  
  • The pair were set for a trilogy fight in December but failed to agree on a date 
  • The Gypsy King has now been urged to take on former opponent Otto Wallin
  • Fury was badly cut against the Swedish star, whose promoter wants a rematch 

Tyson Fury should take on former opponent Otto Wallin after moving on from his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder, according to the Swedish star’s promoter.

The Gypsy King was set to face the American in December, but he confirmed Sportsmail’s report that the fight had been abandoned, saying he had given up on the trilogy bout after the ‘Bronze Bomber’ failed to agree a concrete date.

Fury stunned Wilder by stopping him in February to become the WBC heavyweight champion of the world and is now looking ahead to a potential all-British undisputed bout with Anthony Joshua in 2021. 

Tyson Fury has been challenged to agree a rematch against former opponent Otto Wallin 

The Gypsy King beat Wallin via points decision but suffered a bad cut that required 47 stitches 

But with the British star facing a mandatory clash against Kubrat Pulev at the end of this year, Fury is set for a warm-up fight in London, and has now been called to agree a rematch with Wallin by his promoter Dmitriy Salita.

Fury beat Wallin via a unanimous decision in Las Vegas last year, but he was badly hurt by the 29-year-old and suffered a deep cut below his right eye – which required 47 stitches to sew up. 

Salita insists Wallin, whose solitary career defeat came against the British star, is keen for revenge and is much more dangerous than Wilder. 

He told Sky Sports: ‘Otto called me as soon as he read about the possible fall out and said, “Let’s get the rematch, I am going to beat him!”

He walked away from his trilogy bout against Deontay Wilder after failing to agree on a date 

‘Out of all the world-class opponents that Fury beat, including Wladimir Klitschko and Wilder, Otto landed more punches and did more damage in the ring than anyone else.’

Salita pointed out that Wallin landed 127 punches on Fury in their fight, while Wladimir Klitschko managed just 52 in their title fight in 2015, with Wilder hitting him with 105 earlier this year. 

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn said Fury was lucky the referee did not wave the fight off against Wallin, and Salita said his client had earned a second shot.  

‘Many observers felt the fight could have been stopped due to the cut,’ he added. ‘There was added controversy of a TV commentator notifying Ben Davison that the cut was caused by a punch and not a headbutt.

Wallin’s promoter believes his fighter ‘came closest to beating Fury’ and deserve another shot 

‘Tyson may be the best heavyweight in the world but the man that came closest to beating him, learned and improved as a result of that highest-level, world-class experience is Otto Wallin.’ 

With Fury weighing up his next opponent, a list of potential fighters have been suggested, including US star Michael Hunter, Oscar Rivas – who floored Dillian Whyte last year – and Agit Kabayel.

Rivas – who fights under the same promotional company as Fury, Top Rank – has been declared as the ‘most logical’ opponent by co-promoter Yvon Michel.  




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