Swedish heavyweight Otto Wallin, who cut Tyson Fury and pushed him hard last year, provides some insight into how to enjoy success against the talented WBC champion
You could be forgiven for thinking, following his dominant victory over the fearsome and previously undefeated Deontay Wilder, that WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has few vulnerabilities, inside the ring at least. But leading up to the Wilder rematch, back in September, Swedish southpaw Otto Wallin gave Fury all he could handle, cutting the "Gypsy King" and roughing him up en route to a competitive decision loss.
We recently got the opportunity to speak with Wallin - full video interview below - and he gave us some insight on how to enjoy success against Fury.
"A big part of it is you have got to remember, ’This is just another guy,’" Walling reflected. "I’d had 20 fights before and you’ve got to go in there with the right mindset. Don’t show these guys too much respect. If you have a guy like Fury, he wants to dance and entertain, and people let him do that. With [Wladimir] Klitschko, he was fighting with his hands behind his back and stuff, so you got to go in there and make it a fight and take that away from him; don’t let him get comfortable. He’s a very good fighter when he gets comfortable.
"He’s a very good fighter and I think a lot of what separated us was his experience. He’s been in with top guys, he beat Klitschko and had been in with Wilder before and [Dereck] Chisora, so he’s got a lot more experience than me and I’d only fought one round in 18 months before our fight. If I’d had two or three more fights before that, I might have done even better."