It is understood ESPN were keen for Fury to fight an American to raise his profile in that country, but beyond Deontay Wilder, the remaining candidates never seemed to fit the bill.
Otto Wallin prepares to take on the biggest test of his career to date
Trevor Bryan is ranked number one by the WBA, but isn’t in the top 10 anywhere else. Jarrell Miller is coming off a drugs ban and then you have the likes of Michael Hunter and Charles Martin.
We all know that if things go according to plan, Fury will face Deontay Wilder for the WBC heavyweight title in early 2020 as that fight has already been agreed in principle and will be the rematch to their thrilling draw in late 2018.
But, you’re well within your rights to ask: who the hell is Otto Wallin?
Trying to empty the tank 🤢
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He has previous experience with British fighters after taking part in Anthony Joshua’s training camp to help the former world champion prepare for his victory over IBF champion Charles Martin in 2016.
He was set for the most notable match-up of his career in July with BJ Flores, but the American was not medically cleared to compete.
The Swede stood toe-to-toe with the seemingly untouchable Floyd Patterson in a packed Yankee Stadium and knocked him out.
He told the Daily Mail: “My father was a boxer and he taught me how to fight before he allowed me to go to the gym at the age of 15. Until then I was playing ice hockey and football.
Wallin works the pads with trainer Joey Gamache ahead of Saturday night
“But he always told me that when the call came I had the qualities to become a world champion. We were very close. He was looking forward to the day my chance came. It is so sad that he is not here to see one of his sons from a small town in Sweden go onto the biggest stage in world boxing.
“But now I have to make it all come true. For him. He made sure I would have the skills both offensively and defensively to take this opportunity, which I’ve been waiting and working for so long. I will feel my father’s presence in the (T-Mobile) arena, for sure.