Tyson Fury is set to take on Otto Wallin in a rather odd heavyweight clash, as many were not expecting this bout. However, despite that, both men are fighting, and everything is on the line for Fury, and as for Wallin, he is being given the opportunity of a lifetime.

Many are quickly writing off the ability of Wallin, even calling this fight a mismatch. Are the reports indeed true, or does Wallin have a chance of pulling off one of the wildest upsets of all time?

The Matchup

Despite the lack of experience that may be facing Wallin at this point, I think he does match up pretty decent against Fury. For one, he does stand at 6’6, which only gives Fury a 3-inch height advantage, as he stands at 6’9.
Fury does have the 5-inch reach advantage, which will certainly be of aid to him once he starts to establish his brutal jab. However, I think the best matchup here is athleticism, as both guys have tremendous movement and speed.

Advantages/Disadvantages

I think in pretty much all categories at this point, I tend to favor Fury. Part of this is due to the level of competition both men have faced, and it just seems like Fury is superior is most categories. For one I believe his is the quicker man on the feet and will have the better timing on his punches as well.

The athleticism of Wallin I believe will help him keep up with Fury early on, but I’m not sure how much of an impact it will truly have on the overall fight. Height and reach also go in the corner of Fury as well, as it often does. Also, Tyson also seems to have the power advantage as well, but I’d both guys can do a great job of creating volume as well.

Who Comes Out Victorious?

Everyone loves a good underdog story, but unfortunately, I just don’t think now is the time we’ll get to witness that. Wallin was given an opportunity he simply couldn’t have passed up, but Fury is all business at this point, and is looking to become the clear #1 boxer at heavyweight in the world.

In order to do that, he needs to get past Wallin, and in convincing fashion, which I think he’ll do. I see Fury coming out, establishing his jab early on, controlling the distance and throwing more volume as well.

I think Fury’s confidence will rise quickly, and he’ll start to turn up the pressure quicker and quicker on Wallen until he isn’t able to take anymore.

I think Wallin’s speed and athleticism will carry him a bit deeper into the fight, but I see Fury stopping him around the 6th round, sending a message to Deontay Wilder that he is more than geared up for another title shot against him, which I think is certainly the fight to make right now at heavyweight, if all goes well for both men.