There were recent unpleasant rumblings of Tyson Fury facing Charles Martin this September in the final fight before his planned 2019 rematch with Deontay Wilder, but Mike Coppinger brings go-....ba-...news. “The Gypsy King” will reportedly defend his
heavyweight title against Sweden’s Otto Wallin, with other sources specifying it as a September 14th show at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
According to Keith Idec, the other two finalists were mid-tier veteran Johann Duhaupas and unproven prospect Junior Fa, so count your blessings.
On the one hand, I’m happy for Wallin (20-0, 13 KO), whom Scott accurately described as “snakebit” after his Showtime debut ended via first-round headbutt and his subsequent fight with BJ Flores fell through last month when Flores failed to get medical clearance. On the other hand, this fight absolutely sucks. Fury (28-0-1, 20 KO) has an argument for being the best heavyweight in the world and Wallin, for all his potential, hasn’t beaten anyone more noteworthy than Adrian Granat as a professional.
I know it’s just meant to keep Fury busy until the rematch, but come on. You’d all be better served opening ESPN+ and watching Justin Gaethje and “Cowboy” Cerrone try to kill each other in the Octagon; at least there you won’t have to worry about Joe Tessitore choking on the boot he’s licking.