Otto Wallin thinks he can take out “aging” Dillian Whyte, then set up a fight with Anthony Joshua or a rematch with Tyson Fury.
The Swede sadly left Fury in need of 47 stitches after going the distance with the ‘Gypsy King’ two years ago in Las Vegas.
Wallin provided Fury with one of the toughest nights of his career in September 2019 after cutting him with a quick left hook and then continuing to move forward.
Although he lost on the night, his stock was increased considerably and he has since recorded victories over Travis Kauffman and Dominic Breazeale in his last two fights.
Now, with a fight against Whyte scheduled for October 30 at the 02 Arena in London, Wallin plans to make a statement in the heavyweight division.
“He’s a bit of a brawler, but he can box a bit too,” Wallin told Boxing Scene. “He’s got a good left hook and he’s a good puncher so those are things I need to be aware of.
“[But] I think in the long run it takes a toll to have tough fights like this. He was knocked out twice and suffered a lot of punishments and he was injured in different fights.
“At the same time, he wants to fight for the title – he almost should have tried for the WBC title by now but you have to be smart in boxing and it’s a sport where you take damage.”
“I think he’s a good fighter, he’s ranked very well,” he continued. “He’s had a lot of tough fights and honestly I think he’s aged a bit lately.
“He’s been in a lot of wars and he’s a good fighter but I think I’m better. I have a lot of tools to work with, I’m smart and cool, so I think it’s to my advantage.
The top two in the heavyweight division will be in action over the next two months, with Anthony Joshua taking on Oleksandr Usyk and Fury against Deontay Wilder.
Wallin has fought Joshua in the past, while his aforementioned history with Fury means there will always be the issue of unfinished business.
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Despite personal interests in both fights, Wallin remains focused on breeding Ingemar Johnasson and becoming a Swedish heavyweight champion.
“For me, it’s more a question of belts,” he concluded. “I have nothing against Fury. I would love to have a rematch but it’s more about the belts. This is what I’m going to look for.