Boxer Otto Wallin spent 12 rounds in the squared circle with Tyson Fury … and given that experience, the Swedish boxer believes Francis Ngannou has virtually no chance of beating the Gypsy King!
TMZ Sports talked to 32-year-old Wallin after the Fury vs. Ngannou bout was announced on Tuesday … where we got Otto’s thoughts on the matchup.
“Tyson is the best heavyweight fighter in the world in boxing. Ngannou might be the best at MMA at heavyweight. So this fight is gonna be at boxing so you obviously gotta favor Fury a lot. [Tyson’s] fighting someone that’s making his pro debut as a boxer really. It’s a whole different sport, and as difficult as it’ll be for Fury to go over to MMA, it’s gonna be the same for Ngannou. So of course Fury’s gonna be a big favorite.”
Because Fury has an immense skill advantage in the boxing ring, Wallin believes Ngannou must use his strength to make the fight as ugly as possible.
“[Francis] can’t box him really. He needs to really make it a fight. A dogfight. Take it to Fury. Rough him up,” Otto told us.
“He’s gotta go in there and use what he has. He’s a strong guy, so try to push Fury around, and try to land punches that he can, cause he can’t be there in a boxing match. He can’t just stand a long distance and try to box ’cause then he’s gonna be picked apart.”
And, Wallin knows what he’s talking about.
Remember, Tyson and Otto fought at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in September 2019 … where Fury won by unanimous decision. But, that doesn’t begin to tell the story of the fight … which certainly could’ve been stopped because of an awful gash on TF’s head.
His cut man did an amazing job managing the cut, and Tyson ended up winning a close fight. In fact, it’s the last Fury bout that went to the judges. Since Otto, the Gypsy King has stopped heavyweight stars Deontay Wilder (twice) and Dillian Whyte (Derek Chisora, too).
As for his prediction, Wallin sees a knockout on the horizon.
Will his prediction ring true?
We’ll find out on October 28!