Otto Wallin co-manager Zach Levin confirms Tyson Fury next fight for September 14 in Las Vegas
The recent rumours are true, Tyson Fury will take on loan the Mexican Independence Day weekend usually graced by the presence of native son Canelo Alvarez and face unbeaten Swedish southpaw Otto Wallin on September 14 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Co-promoted by Top Rank and Frank Warren, Fury’s next fight will be broadcast by ESPN and BT Sport, through their respective platforms.
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Wallin’s co-manager Zach Levin, a former (excellent) boxing writer and colleague of your author, confirmed the news as part of a broader interview, other elements of which will be published in the lead-up to the fight. Wallin is largely untested - his best win is a clear decision over compatriot Adrian Granat - but confident, ambitious and spent only a couple of weeks considering the contest before agreeing terms.
"We had a different plan in mind for Otto, but when opportunities like this come along you take them," Levin explained. "When you’re a top 10-ranked heavyweight [Wallin is WBA No. 4], things come up. Some are not worth taking, but for Tyson Fury if you don’t jump at this you’re in the wrong game. We all know he is arguably the best heavyweight in the world. I guess you could say there are four - Anthony Joshua, Andy Ruiz Jr and Deontay Wilder too - but Fury is the best boxer, probably has the best boxing IQ, a troubling style and the majority felt he beat Wilder, so you’ve got that and the win over Wladimir Klitschko. Between that and the exposure, we were happy to take it.
"That being said, Otto wouldn’t take a fight he didn’t believe he could win. The fight came unexpectedly, but I don’t know that Top Rank were that interested in Otto. I believe Tyson Fury is interested in Otto, I like to think it’s because he saw some tape and feels he needs a challenge, he doesn’t want someone he can just walk over. Maybe Top Rank had other ideas, but Fury kept us in contention.The other names mentioned like Charles Martin and Johan Duhaupas, they have more experience and have had bigger fights, but we know what they are and what Fury would do with them. I think that Fury wants a guy like Otto who has never lost and has no intentions of losing."