Heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) got a much stiffer test than he expected, as he was seriously cut during the early part of the contest, but controlled most of the bout to win a twelve round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Otto Wallin (20-1, 13 KOs). The scores were 116-112, 117-111 and 118-110.
Fury is now expected to face WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in a February 2020 rematch – with Wilder having to win a planned rematch with Luis Ortiz in November.
Fury worked most of the opening round with his jab, forcing Walling to press forward and chase Fury down. Wallin was doing well with shots landing to Fury’s body. Fury seemed to buzz Wallin with a swinging shot to the chin. Wallin continued to target the body.
During the third, a stream of blood began to run down above the right eye of Fury. The very big cut was caused by a left hand from Wallin.
Fury came out with a bit of desperation in the fourth, looking to do damage as the cut above the eye was really bleeding heavy. Fury was winning the rounds, but not by a lot as Wallin was landing some punches to the head as well.
During the sixth, Fury was really pawing at the eye and it was bleeding bad. The cut opened up even more. Fury began to throw a lot more punches as he feared the contest might get stopped. At the start of the seventh, Fury came out swinging hard and looking to get some damage. He was landing well on Wallin, who was gaming and doing his best to stay in there.
There appeared to be a second cut on Fury’s eye in the eight, but he continued to win the fight with bigger punches and more connects. In the ninth, Fury was rallying with combinations at the end of the round and had Wallin buzzed. It was all Fury during the tenth, as he was unloading with punches on Wallin all over the ring.
The eleventh was more of the same, with Fury doing all of the damage and landing the bigger shots. In the twelfth, it was Wallin who rocked Fury with a hook to the chin and had him in some trouble. Fury was not punching back as Wallin was unloading with his own punches for most of the round