Wallin: Joshua Has All The Tools To Beat Fury; Just Has To Believe In Himself More
UNCASVILLE, Connecticut – Having gone 12 rough rounds with Tyson Fury, Otto Wallin knows exactly how tall of an order it’ll be literally and figuratively for Anthony Joshua to beat him.
That’s why Wallin predicted in an interview with BoxingScene.com that the undefeated Fury will get past Joshua when they meet later this year in a heavyweight title unification fight. Negotiations are ongoing to finalize a date and venue for what is expected to be at least a two-fight series between Fury, the WBC champ, and Joshua, the IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO champ.
Wallin views confidence as a potential issue for Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs), which obviously is not the case for Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs).
“I think it’s a good fight,” Wallin said. “I think everybody wants to see it, so I think it’s great for boxing and the division. I think Joshua and Fury are the best two heavyweights in the world right now. That’s gonna be a good fight. I’ve been watching [footage of] Joshua with Breazeale and, to me, he looked really good in that fight. But I feel somewhere along the way, maybe [Joshua] lost a little confidence in himself, for some reason. Maybe it was the loss with Ruiz, I don’t know.”
Andy Ruiz dropped Joshua four times, twice apiece in the third and seventh rounds, on his way to stopping him and recording one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight history in June 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Joshua out-boxed Ruiz (33-2, 22 KOs) in their immediate rematch, won a 12-round unanimous decision and regained his four titles six months later in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
Fury dominated Deontay Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) in their rematch a year ago and won the WBC belt by seventh-round technical knockout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Wallin pushed Fury during his previous fight, in which the 6-feet-9 Brit battled through a nasty gash above his right eye and won a unanimous decision in September 2019 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Wallin expects Fury to out-point Joshua in what will go down as the most meaningful fight in British boxing history.
“I think that with Fury being bigger, awkward and smart, and also very confident, it will make him the winner,” Wallin said. “I think that Fury’s the favorite, but Joshua is gonna be dangerous. He’s a good puncher. And I feel like Joshua has all the tools to beat him, but he just has to believe in himself a little more.”
Wallin (22-1, 14 KOs, 1 NC) has beaten Breazeale and Travis Kauffman in his two fights since suffering his lone loss to Fury.
The Swedish southpaw thoroughly out-boxed Breazeale (20-3, 18 KOs) last month in a 12-round bout Showtime televised from Mohegan Sun Arena. Wallin won by big margins on the scorecards (118-110, 117-111, 116-112).
The 30-year-old Wallin stopped Kauffman (32-4, 23 KOs, 1 NC) in the fifth round of their August 15 bout at Mohegan Sun Arena. Kauffman couldn’t continue due to a shoulder injury in a scheduled 10-rounder he was losing on all three scorecards.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.