In Top Rank’s first foray in the T-Mobile Arena, lineal heavyweight king, Tyson Fury defended his title against Sweden’s Otto Wallin.
In his quest to become Sweden’s first heavyweight champion since Ingemar Johansson, Wallin turned in the performance of a lifetime, nearly stopping the “Gypsy King” in the final round and creating a cut on Fury that would later need 47 stitches to close.
Fury, who is scheduled to face Deontay Wilder in a rematch in February, did not turn out the same spectacular performance he achieved against Tom Schwarz. However, while a bad performance may be detrimental to the rematch hype, Fury has been known to fight at the level of his opponent.
Looking somewhat unimpressive is just as common to Fury as looking incredible against top competition. While there were criticisms of the opponent of choice for this bout, tune-up fights have always been part of the boxing world.
Wallin did put up a good fight and drummed up some serious drama in Vegas on Mexican Independence Day weekend.
Another benefit to the commendable performance Wallin put on are his new options for the future. Declaring himself as a player on the heavyweight chessboard, Wallin just nearly took out the king.
The Wallin name now has serious heat and can be a solid option for other heavyweights looking to prove themselves by taking him out. A stoppage victory over a man who took Fury 12 hard rounds would look good on the resume of Wilder, Joshua, or Ruiz.