Boxer Who Bloodied Tyson Fury Names Andy Ruiz Jr. His Next Victim

Published 02/06/2022, 10:00 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 14: Tyson Fury is punched during his heavyweight bout against Otto Wallin at T-Mobile Arena on September 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tyson won by an unanimous decision after the 12-round bout. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

Tyson Fury came across one of the toughest tests of his career when he fought Otto Wallin back in 2019. ‘The Gypsy King’ could find his way through the fight but consumed massive damage in the process. It left him with a cut over his right eye that leaked blood throughout the night. That said, Fury is the only boxer to have vanquished Wallin in a professional setting.

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Despite the alluring profile, Wallin is still far from bagging a world championship shot. The current heavyweight title race already has its contenders on the line and Otto Wallin shall have to climb his way to earn that spot. Well, he has shortlisted a few names for his next fight and didn’t forget to pick ‘The Destroyer’ Andy Ruiz Jr. on that list.

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In a chat with Behind The Gloves, Otto Wallin said, “I mean that’s two names, I would love to know. [Andy] Ruiz and [Luis] Ortiz, even Dillian Whyte. There’s a lot of good fights out there for me. The main thing is I will stay busy and that’s how I am gonna develop and I am gonna stay relevant. And push myself for these big fights.”

The existing heavyweight ride is full of top-tier names. From Luis Ortiz to Dillian Whyte and even Joe Joyce and Daniel Dubois, anyone can pop into the title scene. Thus, Otto Wallin will not run out of potential names for crafting his in-ring plans.

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Meanwhile, Andy Ruiz Jr. might be the best fit for Wallin at this stage. Both men are looking to demand a championship shot shortly. Thus, they can validate that by locking horns and either man can get a ticket to challenge the world champions.

Tyson Fury sits at the throne of the heavyweight division, and Otto Wallin can chase him again

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The first encounter between Tyson Fury and Otto Wallin was apparently a tune-up bout for ‘The Gypsy King’ ahead of his rematch against Deontay Wilder. But if the pair re-collides, it will demand Wallin build up his spot towards earning the title. It’s hard to picture anyone dominating the division single-handedly at this time, especially after Oleksandr Usyk’s shocking win over Anthony Joshua.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 14: Tyson Fury reacts after the final bell in his heavy weight fight against Otto Wallin at T-Mobile Arena on September 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fury won by an unanimous decision after the 12-round bout. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

Hence, a former cruiserweight champion is also a heavyweight kingpin now. Amid such a situation, Wallin shall remain active and continue bagging big fights. Only then can he expect to bag a blockbuster fight against a world champion.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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