Tyson Fury defeats Otto Wallin in brutal Las Vegas fight
yson Fury took down the previously undefeated Otto Wallin in their heavyweight boxing fight Saturday night.
Fury won the 12-round bout in a unanimous points decision, despite suffering a serious cut above his eye early in the fight. With the victory, Fury improves to 29-0-1, including 20 wins by knockout.
“It was a great fight … For a majority of the fight I couldn’t see out of my left eye,” Fury said.
Wallin, the 6-foot-5, 236-pound Swede, entered the fight with a 20-0 record — with 13 knockouts — after an amateur career where he was 34-12 and twice lost to Anthony Joshua, a future heavyweight champ.
“I did everything I could. I tried my best. Tyson is a great champion,” Wallin said.
Fury, from the United Kingdom, is considered the lineal heavyweight champion after beating undisputed champion Wladimir Klitchko in 2015
After tonight’s victory, the 6-foot-9 Fury called out WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, whom he wants to challenge in a rematch with next year.
If there was ever a fight where the final scorecards didn’t tell the complete story, Tyson Fury defending his lineal heavyweight championship on Saturday over Otto Wallin was it.
Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) overcame a pair of nasty cuts above his right eye and survived being rocked in a shaky final round to outpoint Wallin (20-1, 13 KOs) via unanimous decision at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Although the judges’ scores of 116-112, 117-111 and 118-110 turned out to be wide in Fury’s favor because of his dominant power punching in the second half, the ringside doctor closely monitored a right eye that was initially cut in Round 3 and appeared just a hard punch or two away from forcing the fight to be stopped throughout.
“I am a Gypsy warrior and this is Mexican Independence Day. Come on Mexico!” said Fury, who entered the ring wearing a sombrero while dressed in colors of the Mexican flag. “It was a good performance and I got a good 12 rounds in. Otto Wallin was a tough Swede. Blood, guts, heart and all was shown tonight.”
The urgency of the cut quickly turned Fury from his default slick boxing style into that of an aggressive puncher who repeatedly stung the 28-year-old Wallin down with body shots and looping hooks. Fury also showed a ton of grit and used his size well in close to lean on Wallin and wear him down.