By Keith Idec
Tyson Fury has an opponent for the second fight of his deal with Top Rank and ESPN.
BoxingScene.com has confirmed that the lineal heavyweight champion will fight Sweden’s Otto Wallin. The Athletic first reported Friday that the Fury-Wallin fight has been finalized.
BoxingScene.com also has learned that the Fury-Wallin fight will headline a card September 14 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Top Rank had considered taking Fury’s next fight to TD Garden in Boston, but he’ll fight a second straight bout in Las Vegas.
England’s Fury (28-0-1, 20 KOs) knocked out Germany’s Tom Schwarz (24-1, 16 KOs) in the second round June 15 at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Top Rank offered the Fury fight to numerous heavyweights, but ultimately chose Wallin over veteran Frenchman Johann Duhaupas (37-5, 24 KOs) and New Zealand’s Junior Fa (18-0, 10 KOs) for a main event ESPN+ will stream.
Sweden’s Wallin (20-0, 13 KOs, 1 NC) is a 6-foot-5 southpaw, but he is untested at the championship level. Wallin is ranked No. 6 by the WBA and No. 10 by the IBF.
Wallin was supposed to fight BJ Flores on July 12 in Tacoma, Washington, but their 10-round fight was canceled the day of their bout because the Washington State Department of Licensing wouldn’t approve Flores for a license due to an undisclosed medical issue.
In the 28-year-old Wallin’s last fight, he was forced to settle for a no-contest following less than one round of action.
An accidental clash of heads between Wallin (20-0, 13 KOs, 1 NC) and Baltimore’s Nick Kisner caused a cut over Kisner’s right eye midway through the first round of a fight scheduled for 10 rounds April 13 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A ringside physician for New Jersey’s State Athletic Control Board determined that Kisner (21-4-1, 6 KOs, 1 NC) couldn’t continue and referee David Franciosi stopped their fight.
If the 30-year-old Fury defeats Wallin, the former IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO champion is expected to challenge WBC heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) in a rematch early in 2020.
Their second fight is dependent, too, on Wilder beating Cuban contender Luis Ortiz (31-1, 26 KOs, 2 NC) in their rematch. The second battle between Wilder and Ortiz, which will be distributed by Showtime Pay-Per-View, could take place November 9.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.