The lineal heavyweight champion (28-0-1; 20 KOs) returns to action tonight against unbeaten Swedish boxer Otto Wallin. Some are looking past the unbeaten challenger as a tune-up fight for Fury’s rematch against Deontay Wilder. ESPN’s Top Rank Boxing has a full fight card for the Gypsy King as the main event.
While Tyson Fury is heavily favored in the bout, Wallin (20-0-1) is not selling himself short of being the next in line with a massive upset. This is Wallin’s second fight in the United States after a 1st round stoppage ended in no contest against Nick Kisner. The fight takes place tonight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The Fury-Wallin fight broadcast on ESPN+ will begin at 11 p.m. ET tonight. The main card also includes:
- Emanuel Navarrete vs. Juan Miguel Elorde, 12 rounds, for Navarrete’s WBO junior featherweight title
- Jose Pedraza vs. Jose Zepeda, 10 rounds, junior welterweights
The undercard begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
You can catch the results and round-by-round coverage here on MyMMANews.com
Fury v. Wallin
1st round: Wallin took the first round while judging Fury’s reach. Wallin looked good in he didn’t look scared taking on the towering Fury height and reach.
2nd round: Wallin is changing levels well. Fury respects his opponent. Fury fired back halfway through the round as a southpaw. Regardless, I have to give Wallin the second round as well.
3rd round: Wallin keeps Fury against the ropes. Fury hasn’t opened up yet. Perhaps it is the respect for his opponent but Wallin’s body shots are keeping Fury timid. Fury is cut at end of the round. I have to wonder what he is waiting for but that is the 3rd straight round for Wallin.
4th round: Fury is still tying up Wallin. Still wonder what Fury is waiting for. Fury’s cut has yet to be opened this round halfway through. The cut reopened less than a minute left. Fury has lost the first four rounds. At this pace, he needs to mound a large comeback because his is easily losing this fight.
5th round: Ringside announcers are saying that Fury thinks his cut was from incidental contact and not from a punch. NSAC deemed the cut from a punch. Fury is in danger early. He needs to move forward and cause some damage. This round was not convincing for any fighter. Could see it for Fury.
6th round: Ring announcers are talking about the name game and not looking at a record. Wallin is undefeated! With a big risk, big reward Wallin is clearly winning this fight. For the first time tonight, Fury is pushing Wallin against the ropes. At one minute left, Fury goes to the corner. Now he knows from the physician he needs to work with urgency. The cut is worse now. Wallin poked at the cut at the end of the round. No point deduction but it was close. Still giving the round to Wallin.
7th round: Fury comes out after that round with urgency. Fury is winning this round as Wallin looks to extend the fight by tying up the champion. Fury takes his second round.
8th round: there is less pressure from Wallin. Fury is strikingly back. Fury is winning this round. He has Wallin backing up. He is landing combinations now. He is finally looking like a champion.
9th round: Fury is fighting with a new outlook. Wallin looks tired and Fury sees is. You have to wonder if Fury is ready to end the fight. The cut is opened yet again but Fury lands a big right hang with a minute left. Fury landed a huge combo just missing the uppercut. Fury wins another round.
10th round: Fury opens up big! Wallin needs to move to avoid Fury’s onslaught. Wallin now has blood from the nose. Big body shot from Fury. This reminds me of the Stephenson-Jack fight more than a year ago. It’s a tale of two halves. Fury is dominating the later rounds. Fury still wins this round. It’s tied now.
11th round: Tyson Fury lands big in minute two. Wallin is gassing. Fury ends the round huge to take, in my humble opinion, his first lead of the night.
12th round: Wallin hurt Fury and reopened the cut. At this pace, Wallin is taking this to a draw. With a back and forth Wallin just won that round.
Judges score the fight (116-112, 117-111, 118-110) unanimous decision for Tyson Fury.