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Tyson Fury vs. Otto Wallin: Fight for the Lineal Heavyweight Championship
On Saturday, September 14th, 2019 Tyson Fury fought Otto Wallin with the linear heavyweight championship belt on the line. The fight was held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and it was a great contest that went the distance.
This was a supreme boxing match that the scorecard does not even come close to explaining. This fight turned into a blood bath early on as Otto Wallin drew first blood by opening cuts around the eyes of Fury. The first drastic blow occurred late in the third round, and the blood streaming down Tyson’s face was very close to stopping the fight over the course of the following few rounds and pronouncing Wallin the winner.
Fury did an excellent job of protecting those cuts while he worked to get back into the fight throughout the second half of the boxing match. It would have only taken one good punch from Otto to either one of the two huge gashes to reopen the floodgates on those wounds resulting in a Wallin victory. Although Fury did not end up knocking out his south paw opponent, he won the majority of rounds by points from the 5th to the 12th earning him a hard fought win to defend his linear heavyweight title.
Furthermore, he landed 179 of 651 punches thrown (28%) while Otto Wallin landed 127 of 334 punches thrown (38%). The judges scored the fight 118-110, 117-111 and 116-112 awarding Fury the win in this exciting edge of your seat event. Even though neither of these fighters are Hall of Fame Boxers, this was an instant classic which should be watched now if you did not catch it live.
Prior to this contest, Fury had already signed an agreement to rematch Deontay Wilder in a heavily anticipated fight on February 22nd, 2020 in Las Vegas, NV. On the other side of the ring, Wilder, has a previous engagement with another boxer, Luis "King Kong" Ortiz. The date for that match has not been officially set, but as for now the fight is scheduled for November 23rd, 2019 also taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The rematch between Fury and Wilder should be a good one if it goes down as planned. The first bout between these two ended in an absolutely controversial draw last December in Los Angeles, CA. During that boxing match Wilder scored two knockdowns, but was outfought by Fury for some decent and long stretches of the fight. I look forward to seeing these heavyweights give it their all come February as long as everything goes smoothly.
Fury vs. Wallin Scorecard (live coverage)
|Next||Otto Wallin||-||Top Rank: Tyson Fury vs Otto Wallin|
|Sept. 14, 2019|
|Win||Tom Schwarz||TKO||MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas|
|Draw||Deontay Wilder||Decision||Staples Center, Los Angeles|
|The Bronze Bomber||Split||Dec. 1, 2018|
|Win||Francesco Pianeta||Decision||Windsor Park, Belfast|
|Aug. 18, 2018|
|Win||Nuri Seferi||Corner Stoppage||R 4||Manchester Arena (formerly M.E.N Arena), Manchester|
|Win||Wladimir Klitschko||Decision||ESPRIT arena, Düsseldorf|
|Nov. 28, 2015|
|Win||Christian Hammer||Corner Stoppage||R 8||O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), Greenwich|
|3:00||Feb. 28, 2015|
|Win||Dereck Chisora||Corner Stoppage||R 10||ExCel Arena, Dockland|
|3:00||Nov. 29, 2014|
|Win||Joey Abell||TKO||R 4||Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick|
|1:36||Feb. 15, 2014|
|Win||Steve Cunningham||KO||R 7||Madison Square Garden Theater, New York|
|Win||Kevin Johnson||Decision||Odyssey Arena, Belfast|
|Dec. 1, 2012|
|Win||Vinny Maddalone||TKO||R 5||Hand Arena, Clevedon|
|Win||Martin Rogan||TKO||R 5||Odyssey Arena, Belfast|
|Win||Neven Pajkic||TKO||R 3||Event City, Trafford Park, Manchester|
|2:44||Nov. 12, 2011|
|Win||Nicolai Firtha||TKO||R 5||Kings Hall, Belfast|
|2:19||Sept. 17, 2011|
|Win||Dereck Chisora||Decision||Wembley Arena, Wembley|
|Win||Marcelo Luiz Nascimento||KO||R 5||Wembley Arena, Wembley|
|2:48||Feb. 19, 2011|
|Win||Zack Page||Decision||Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City|
|Dec. 18, 2010|
|Win||Rich Power||Decision||York Hall, Bethnal Green|
|Sept. 10, 2010|
|Win||John McDermott||TKO||R 9||Brentwood Centre, Brentwood|
|Win||Hans-Joerg Blasko||TKO||R 1||Leisure Centre, Huddersfield|
|Win||Tomas Mrazek||Decision||The O2, Dublin|
|Sept. 26, 2009|
|Win||John McDermott||Decision||Brentwood Centre, Brentwood|
|Sept. 11, 2009|
|Win||Aleksandrs Selezens||TKO||R 3||York Hall, Bethnal Green|
|Win||Scott Belshaw||TKO||R 2||Colosseum, Watford|
|Win||Mathew Ellis||KO||R 1||York Hall, Bethnal Green|
|Win||Lee Swaby||Corner Stoppage||R 4||Aston Events Centre, Birmingham|
|Win||Daniil Peretyatko||Corner Stoppage||R 2||Norwich Showground, Norwich|
|3:00||Feb. 28, 2009|
|Win||Marcel Zeller||TKO||R 3||Robin Park Centre, Wigan|
|2:50||Jan. 17, 2009|
|Win||Bela Gyongyosi||TKO||R 1||Nottingham Arena, Nottingham|
|2:14||Dec. 6, 2008|
"It was a good performance. I got a good 12 rounds in," Fury stated. "It was a great fight. I got cut [in the third round] on the eyelid and [it] changed the fight completely. I couldn't see out of the eye, and there was a lot of [head] clashes. I am the 'Gypsy Warrior,' and this is Mexican Independence Day! Viva Mexico!"
"Once the referee ruled the cut was from a blow, it means if the fight was stopped he would have lost," says Top Rank promoter, Bob Arum. "He fought back with the blood, a lot of blood. I thought it was a great performance and a terrific fight. We knew the Swede wasn't a quitter. He was a hell of a fighter. And Fury is a real warrior."
"I did everything I could. I tried my best, and Tyson is a great champion," Wallin explained. "[The way I fought] tells me that no one can question my heart or question that I am a good fighter."
"Congrats to Otto -- and God bless his father and let him rest in peace," says Fury. "He would be very proud of Otto's performance. The Viking Warrior!"
"I tried to hit it even more," Wallin exclaimed. "I know it was a punch that did it. I was happy that he was cut, but I wish I could have put more pressure on it."
"It is all heart and determination," continued Fury. "If I can keep going, I will keep going. He's a tough guy. I hit him with some chin shots and some body shots, and he kept coming. He [was] undefeated, but tonight I was the man."
"Deontay Wilder, I want you next, bum! It is all preparation," Fury says emphatically. "I had a long time out of the ring, [but] next is the big boy, the big 'Bronze Bomber' on Feb. 22."
“Tyson Fury vs. Otto Wallin fight results: 'Gypsy King' survives massive cut to earn decision win - Fury was cut over his right eye for the first time since 2013, but rallied to get by Wallin in Las Vegas”, Brian Campbell, cbssports.com, September 15, 2019.
“Fury survives cuts, grinds out win over Wallin”, Dan Rafael, espn.com, September 15, 2019.
“Tyson Fury”, fite.tv, September 15, 2019.
Written by: David Green