What is it?
Tyson Fury’s second bout on US soil is a clash with Swede Otto Wallin in an attempt to defend his WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight title. The fight is seen as a stepping stone for Fury in his pursuit of a highly anticipated rematch with Deontay Wilder.
When is it?
Saturday 14th September 2019 in the US. However, fans in the UK will have to wait until the early hours of Sunday 15th September for the main event to start.
What time is the fight likely to start?
The undercard begins around 2am for those watching in the UK, so fans will have to wait until around 4am to see Fury in action.
Where is it?
Three months after his debut on American shores Tyson Fury returns to the Las Vegas T Mobile Arena, which can hold 18,000 and is expected to be packed to capacity.
Which TV channel will it be on?
BT box office for a one-off £19.95 fee. Fury signed a five-fight deal worth £80million to keep his fights on ESPN in the US and BT Sport in the UK.
Who is Wallin?
Otto Wallin is a Swedish southpaw fighter and a former WBA Continental heavyweight champion. The Swede has lost twice on points to Anthony Joshua in the amateurs and since then, Joshua has brought Wallin in as a regular sparring partner.
The 28-year-old stands at 6ft 6ins with a reach of 78ins compared to Fury’s 6ft 9ins frame and 85ins reach. Wallin enters the fight as a tremendous underdog and Anthony Joshua has criticised Fury’s decision to select a “lower-tier heavyweight”.
Wallin is ranked fourth globally by the WBA and 11th by the IBF but has never competed with an opponent of the calibre of Fury.
What are the fighters' records?
Tyson Fury has 28 wins, 20 by knockout and one draw - he is undefeated in his career so far. The 31-year-old cruised to a second round knockout in his last fight against German Tom Schwarz earlier this year.
Otto Wallin also remains undefeated with a record of 20 wins and no draws, 13 of those victories by knockout. His most recent fight against American Nick Kisner ended in a no contest following an accidental clash of heads.
What are they saying?
“All these guys are bums compared to me. I'm going to prove that time and time again. I'm going to go down in history as the greatest heavyweight of all time.”
“I'm looking to have fun versus Wallin. It's Mexican Independence weekend, I'm looking to fight like a Mexicano. I knew quite a bit about him because he's a former European heavyweight champion, and obviously England's based in Europe. He was a highly experienced amateur. He's a big guy, he's young, he's ambitious.”
"I am fighting probably the best heavyweight out there, at least the best boxer. He is a big guy, uses his size well. He is very skilled and can do a lot of things in there.
"He is tricky and has beaten good fighters but there are some things that people haven't done to him. I am really confident in myself and my work ethic. I have worked for a long time and dreamed of this moment. Now it is finally here and I have to try and grab it with both hands.”
"I haven't been at the elite level in fights but I have sparred big names and know I am at their level - Anthony Joshua, Kubrat Pulev, Adam Kownacki, Jarrell Miller, all different guys, and I know I am on this level.”
What are the best odds?
- Tyson Fury - 1/25
- Draw - 14/1
- Otto Wallin - 40/1
What is our prediction?
Fury appears too well equipped for anything but a comfortable knockout win over Wallin, who simply does not have enough experience at this elite level. It’s unlikely Wallin will be able to spring any surprises and Fury should have the fight wrapped up inside the first four rounds.