Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Otto Wallin: I Won't Make The Same Mistakes Adrian Granat

Swedish heavyweight Otto Wallin (17-0, 11 KOs) watched from ringside as his domestic rival Adrian Granat suffered a crushing first-round knockout defeat to Russian veteran Alexander Dimitrenko on March 18 at the Baltiska Hallen in Malmo, losing both his IBF International title and undefeated record in the process.
 
Granat had been headlining his hometown arena for the first time with an international title fight, much like Wallin will do on Saturday when he meets Italian Champion Gianluca Mandras (12-4, 5 KOs) for the WBA Continental Heavyweight strap at the Sporthallen in his own hometown of Sundsvall.
 
Ahead of this homecoming bout, the undefeated southpaw says he will not make the same mistakes as Granat, as he looks to claim his first professional prize and continue his upward trajectory towards a World title challenge.

otto-wallin (2) (720x473)
 
‘’Of course, there’s extra pressure when you’re fighting at home, and maybe this had an impact on Granat,’’ reflects Wallin. ‘’But to be honest, he is who he is, and for me, he is the same fighter he was as an amateur. I’ve seen this from him before. He likes to keeps his hands low, and in heavyweight boxing anyone can get caught, and if you’re not fully focused, it can only take one punch.
 
‘’I think he was getting complacent going into that fight. He thought he was on the top of the world because he had fourteen wins. Look at me, I’m 17-0, but I still know I have a long way to go before I’m ready to match the top guys. I’m just trying to be humble. I’m in the gym everyday working hard to improve, and when my time comes, I know I will be ready.
 
‘’It’s about keeping your feet on the ground and working hard everyday. If you start believing your own hype, and saying your ready for this fight and that fight, like Granat, then you’re asking for trouble. There are no shortcuts in this game.
 
‘’I won’t make the same mistakes as him I’m not looking for a quick payday. I’m here for the long haul. I’m going to take my time and develop in the right way.’’
 
Prior to his defeat, it seemed inevitable that the undefeated heavyweights would meet in huge domestic showdown, and while disappointed he wasn’t the one to spoil Granat’s perfect record, Wallin says he is still open to sharing a ring with his Swedish rival.
 
‘’Who knows if he is going to box again,’’ says Wallin. ‘’I hope he does, so we can still fight, but let’s see. He definitely wouldn’t be getting the same amount of money he wanted to face me before.
 
‘’I’ve always been confident I would beat him even before his loss. I would have preferred to have beat him while he was undefeated, but if he wants the fight, we can still do it. I’m sure it’s a fight that the Swedish fans would love to see.
 
‘’At the same time, my career isn’t dependent on him. If we fight we fight, and if we don’t we don’t. I’m on my own journey. I don’t need him, and I know whatever happens, I’ve got the right people around me to guide me to the top!’’
 
Otto Wallin headlines his hometown arena with a WBA Continental title fight against Gianluca Mandras on April 22 at the Sportahllen, while Swedish stars Mikaela Laurén, Oscar Ahlin, Hampus Henriksson, Kennedy Katende, Rocco Wadell and Patricia Berghult return to action as part of a stacked undercard, which also features Icelandic heavyweight Gunnar Kolbeinn Kristinsson.
 
Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night are available online via www.biljettforum.se or by calling the ticket hotline on 0771-130 150. All the action will be shown live and exclusive across Scandinavia on Viaplay Fighting. For more information, please visit www.viaplay.se/fighting

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Bryant Jennings vs. Oscar Rivas Finalized For January 18, ESPN+ Giovanni Mioletti Keeps Record Intact With Another Stoppage Win Peter Kadiru Goes Pro, To Be Advised By Klitschko's Manager Wilder, Fury, Hurd, Ortiz Share What They Are Thankful For Martin Murray vs. Hassan N'Dam is Set For Warrington-Frampton Wilder vs. Fury PPV Will Be Available Via The Showtime App Breazeale: The Ultimate Goal is Anthony Joshua Rematch Pacquiao: Right Now, I Have No Intention Of Running For President Sanchez: They Are All Using Golovkin's Name To Stay Relevant! Joseph Parker on Dealing With Adversity Versus Dillian Whyte Frank Warren: I've Never Seen Tyson Fury This Determined Tommy Coyle: I Fight Because I Love it, But It's a Dangerous Game Sergio Martinez Still Aims To Return, Continues To Train Hard UK News: Brian Rose, Troy Williamson, Tyrone McKenna, More Pacquiao is Focused: We Can't Underestimate Adrien Broner Jarrell Miller Wants Anthony Joshua in April at Wembley Giving Thanks For a Boxing Dream Come True Pacquiao: I Think Fans Are Excited For Rematch With Mayweather Adonis Stevenson Hopes Pascal Wins, Not Impressed By Bivol David Lemieux: I Want Canelo Because I Know I Can Beat Him! Ellerbe: Broner Will Look To Defy The Odds, Shut Everyone Up Vijender Singh Inks Promotional Pact With Top Rank News: Christopher Diaz, Bryant Perrella, Tori Nelson, Luis Lebron Hearn: Hooker is The Standout at 140, I Want Defense in Dallas Broner: F*** The Money, I'm Not Just Coming To Get a Check Photos: Manny Pacquiao, Adrien Broner - Face To Face in NYC Broner: Pacquiao Ain't Fighting Floyd, I'm Gonna Beat His Ass! Photos: Canelo Grinding Hard For Rocky Fielding Title Clash Pacquiao Confirms He'll Work With Roach Again For Broner Bout Pacquiao Warns Broner: I've Learned To 'Problem Solve' in Politics Canelo on GGG Win: Nicest Feeling To Shut Mouths With Facts! Claressa Shields vs. Femke Hermans Set, December 8 on HBO Ganigan Lopez Tops Telemundo Card in Mexico City Yves Ngabu vs. Micki Nielsen Finalized For February 16, Belgium Nathan Gorman vs. Alex Leapai Set For Warrington-Frampton LIVE STREAM: Pacquiao vs. Broner - NYC Press Conference Bivol: Alvarez KO Of Kovalev Surprised Me, Favor Him In Rematch Ugas Confident of Winning WBC Belt - Surprising Porter, Critics Hurd: I Would Beat Both Charlos, Canelo and Golovkin! Joseph Parker: After Flores, Hopefully I'll Be Fighting in The UK
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement