Otto Wallin believes he can take out ‘ageing’ Dillian Whyte and then set up a bout with Anthony Joshua, or a rematch with Tyson Fury.
The Swede infamously left Fury needing 47 stitches after going the distance with the ‘Gypsy King’ two years ago in Las Vegas.
Wallin provided Fury with one of the hardest nights in his career in September 2019 after cutting him with a swift left hook and then continuing to press forward.
Although he lost on the night, his stock was elevated tremendously and he has since recorded wins against Travis Kauffman and Dominic Breazeale in his past two fights.
Now, with a fight against Whyte scheduled for October 30 at the 02 Arena in London, Wallin is planning on making a statement in the heavyweight division.
“He’s kind of a brawler but he can box a little bit too,” Wallin told Boxing Scene. “He’s got a good left hook and he’s a good body puncher so those are things I’ve got to be aware of.
“[But] I think that in the long run it takes a toll to have hard fights like that. He’s been knocked out twice and he’s taken a lot of punishment and he’s been hurt in different fights.
“At the same time, he wants to fight for the title – he almost should have had a shot at the WBC title already but you’ve got to be smart in boxing and it is a sport where you take damage.”
“I think he’s a good fighter, he’s highly ranked,” he continued. “He’s been in a lot of tough fights and honestly I think he’s been ageing a little bit lately.
“He’s been in many wars and he’s a good fighter but I think I’m better. I’ve got a lot of tools to work with, I’m intelligent and I’m fresh, so I think that’s to my advantage.”
The top two in the heavyweight division will be in action over the course of the next two months, with Anthony Joshua taking on Oleksandr Usyk and Fury facing Deontay Wilder.
Wallin has sparred Joshua in the past, while his aforementioned history with Fury means there will always be the question of unfinished business.
Despite the personal interests in both fights, Wallin remains focused on replicating Ingemar Johnasson and becoming a Swedish heavyweight champion.
“It’s more about the belts to me,” he concluded. “I don’t have anything against Fury. I would love to have a rematch but it’s more about the belts. That’s what I’m going for.”