Otto Wallin Picks Fury To Beat Usyk

January 1, 2024
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Otto Wallin Picks Fury To Beat Usyk

Otto Wallin has backed Tyson Fury to beat Oleksandr Usyk in their upcoming undisputed fight.

The undisputed fight occurs on February 17, 2024, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with both men vying for history. Fury defends his WBC belt, knowing that a victory would give Usyk the first career loss. The Gypsy King has won every belt in boxing, but the chance to become undisputed is on offer.

Meanwhile, Usyk has already become undisputed at cruiserweight. The unified heavyweight champion puts his WBA, WBO and IBF belts on the line. A win makes him undisputed in a second weight class, joining the likes of Terence Crawford and Naoya Inoue, who have done that in the four-belt era.

Wallin knows what it takes to face Fury, having gone the distance with the Gypsy King. Despite losing via a unanimous decision, Wallin gave Fury one of his hardest fights. He cut Fury above the eye, which was bleeding extensively, as the fight could have been stopped on another given day. But given what he has seen, he felt Fury would prove too much.

Wallin On Fury

“I think that’ll [Fury vs. Usyk] will be a really good fight. I always said that Tyson is going to win, and I’m going to stick to that. It’s heavyweight boxing. You never know. Usyk is an extremely good fighter. Tyson is good, and we’ll see. I’ll still go with Fury, but it’ll be a really good fight. If Usyk can beat Fury, then that’s really an amazing career that he’s had,” Wallin said 

But Fury’s form coming into the fight has been questioned. His performance against Francis Ngannou was heavily criticised as he scraped through with a split-decision win. It was unclear if Fury had overlooked his opponent, but the former UFC heavyweight champion troubled Fury on his boxing debut.

He dropped the WBC champion with a left hook in the third round, with some believing Ngannou should have won. That raised question marks over whether Fury’s form had declined. His three fights with Deontay Wilder were brought up as reasons for his potentially declining.

The fights were intense as Fury had to get off the canvas numerous times despite getting the wins. And based on what Usyk managed to do to Anthony Joshua, Wallin had nothing but respect for the Ukrainian. After all, Wallin struggled to deal with Joshua in his last fight. The Brit stopped the Swede after the fifth round as his team threw in the towel.

Wallin On Usyk

“I’ve got a lot of respect for Usyk, especially now after being in with Joshua. He did a really good job with Joshua,” Wallin stated

The undisputed fight is almost here, and with a rematch clause in place, boxing fans could end up seeing two mega fights. But since both men are at the latter stages of their careers, a win may be enough to leave the sport.

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