Tyson Fury v Otto Wallin: lineal heavyweight championship – live!
Sept. 15, 2019
Fury (28-0-1) takes on unheralded Wallin (20-0) in Las Vegas
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Good evening and welcome to tonight’s heavyweight showdown between Tyson Fury and Otto Wallin at T-Mobile Arena. The Gypsy King is back in action on the Las Vegas strip for the second time in four months following a June blowout of no-hoper Tom Schwarz at the MGM Grand in the first fight of his newly signed co-promotional deal with Top Rank. The unheralded Wallin, who is unbeaten in 21 professional fights against mostly unknown opposition, isn’t expected to put up much more in the way of resistance. But everyone’s a dreamer after Andy Ruiz Jr’s shock upset of Anthony Joshua earlier this year and the stout Swede would like nothing more than to stir up the echoes of Ingemar Johansson and spoil Fury’s plans of a rematch with Deontay Wilder that’s already been penciled in for early next year .
Fury (28-0-1, 20 KOs) ended Wladimir Klitschko’s decade-long title reign with a dull but effective display in Germany four years ago, only to surrender all the belts during a 31-month layoff where he underwent a public bout with mental illness and ballooned from 260lbs to nearly 400lbs. These days the official titles at heavyweight belong to Wilder, who’s owned the WBC’s version of the championship since 2015, and Ruiz Jr, who captured the WBA, WBO and IBF straps from Joshua. Yet one could argue Fury’s claim to the mantle of world’s best heavyweight is purest as the lineal champion: the so-called man who beat the man who beat the man.
Tonight marks Fury’s fifth “defense” of that nominal title he won from Klitschko and he’s down to his lightest weight since that night in Düsseldorf, coming in at 254.4lbs at yesterday’s weigh-in. That’s down from 263.5lbs against Schwarz in June, 256.5lbs against Wilder in December, 258lbs against Francisco Pianeta last August and 276lbs against Sefer Seferi in June 2018 in his comeback fight.
The fighters should make their ringwalks about an hour from now. Plenty more to come between now and then.