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Our preview and prediction for this weekend's WBC heavyweight title showdown

Tyson Fury’s quest for the WBC heavyweight title will hang in the balance during his upcoming fight this weekend.

After a 12-round split decision draw with reigning champion Deontay Wilder, Fury is now back in a position for a rematch if he can pull out a win over Otto Wallin.

The challenger, Wallin, will surely be up for the task and has an opportunity to make a name for himself in this non-title bout in Las Vegas.

Tale of the Tape: Tyson Fury (28-0-1, 20 KO) vs. Otto Wallin (20-0, 13 KO)

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Tyson Fury

Age: 31

Height: 6’ 9”

Reach: 85 inches

Odds to win: -2500

After coming off a two-and-a-half-year hiatus in June 2018, Fury has taken the heavyweight division by storm. In his last fight, Fury powered his way to a win over Tom Schwarz via a TKO in the second round.

Prior to that bout, Fury made some serious noise during his slugfest with Wilder last December. All signs were pointing towards Fury defeating Wilder, yet the scorecard said otherwise as the match ended in a split decision.

Despite two heavy knockdowns, a victory greater than even that over Wladimir Klitschko and after only 14 rounds following his period of inactivity was prevented by harsh scores of 115-111, 112-114 and 113-113, as he impressively outboxed the champion.

Fury was first knocked down in the ninth, and again in the 12th when he appeared out cold, but he returned to his feet and recovered enough to survive to the final bell.

The results of the fight found that Fury landed 84 of his 327 thrown punches (26%) compared to Wilder’s 17% (71-of-430 punches). Fury also out-landed Wilder in nine of the 12 rounds.

Fury will have his sights set on rematch with Wilder but has one man standing in his way. The Gypsy King should take care of business without any hiccups, but he’ll still need to get through the 12 rounds against the tough-chinned Wallin.

Otto Wallin

Age: 28

Height: 6’ 6”

Reach: 78 inches

Odds to win: +1000

Wallin’s fighting resume won’t necessarily wow you, but the 28-year Swedish heavyweight stands undefeated with 13 knockouts.

In his last recorded fight, Wallin defeated Adrian Granat by unanimous decision to claim the vacant EBU European Union and Swedish heavyweight titles. Wallin controlled the majority of the fight as he stood composed and took advantage of an eager and inexperienced fighter in Granat, who was reaching for punches thus leaving himself vulnerable.

An underlying story for Wallin heading into Saturday night’s matchup is the death of his father. Wallin has gone on record saying he hopes the death of the man who motivated him to get into the sport of boxing can push him to an upset victory.

Wallin will have a puncher's chance to upset Fury but will have to pick and choose his spots. Fury is a free swinger, similar to Wallin, and if the challenger can take advantage of an opening, he could find himself getting his hand raised.

Prediction: Tyson Fury Wins by Decision ~ Best Price: +250

By Stephen Rodriguez


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