Tyson Fury will soon be seen in action, but probably not against Anthony Joshua.
The WBC heavyweight champion of the world has been verbally yearning to square off against the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titleholder for a blockbuster undisputed matchup.
I don’t care who it is: Tyson Fury is open to face anyone if not Joshua
Talks had even reached serious levels to pit the two heavyweight stalwarts against each other to determine the true ruler of the division, as Joshua also nodded to the Gypsy King’s challenge.
However, recent talks from Fury revealed that the pace towards the undisputed championship have been going rather slow, but the Briton is ready to take anyone this year, as Fury himself wants two fights in 2021 from his promoter Top Rank.
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Regarding his possible opponent, Fury can either pick Joshua in June or towards late 2021, or in case of someone else and that fight could be slated earlier.
“If that fight doesn’t happen this summer, it has to happen sooner or later, but Top Rank has to give me two fights this year,” Fury recently said in an interview with ESPN, “I don’t care who it is.“
“If it’s not Joshua, we’re looking to fight in April or early May and the end of the year. “If it is Joshua, then June and the end of the year, so 2021 is looking bright.”
If its indeed not Anthony Joshua who will break Fury’s hiatus, then who?
Say hello to Otto Wallin, Tyson Fury’s former adversary who seeks a rematch
The former WBA Continental and European Union heavyweight champion, Otto Wallin was one tough challenge for Tyson Fury. The Swede went “All In”, and impeded hard on the Briton during their clash in 2019 September. Although Fury edged out with a victory by unanimous decision, Wallin left some brutal and bloody cuts on his face.
After almost a year gap since his only career loss against Fury, Wallin returned to the squared circle last August, stomping on Travis Kauffman with a clean fifth round TKO victory.
The win over Kauffman was followed up with a unanimous win over Dominic Breazeale on 20th February at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Rising through the heavyweight ranks and fresh off of his 22nd career victory, Wallin wants to grasp the opportunity to have his rematch with Fury, in case the Joshua bout moves aside.
Speaking to Marc Gatford via BonusCodeBets.co.uk, Wallin insisted that his fight was the reason behind Fury chaning his fighting style, which was distinct during the Deontay Wilder rematch.
“I believe I laid the groundwork for Tyson Fury’s new, aggressive style. The style we saw against Wilder after I cut him. I want a rematch,” said Wallin.
“He beat me fair and square, but I felt they could have stopped it because of the cut, but he fought on like a champion, but there’s nothing I can do,” the 30-year-old Swede went on, “the only thing I can do right now is to keep working, keep winning, and hopefully, I get another fight with him.” (H/T WorldBoxingNews)