Tyson Fury was expected to cruise tonight against Otto Wallin, at least by most fans and pundits, but the big “Gypsy King” had to overcome an ugly gash and a determined opponent tonight in Las Vegas, which he did, getting the decision win.
Boxing Twitter usually lights up immediately after a big fight, but being quite frank, this fight didn’t have a lot of buzz going in, and there may not have been too many pros watching it.
One who did, though, was WBA/WBO/IBF titleholder Andy Ruiz Jr. Fury has said he could beat Ruiz with one hand tied behind his back, and Ruiz took the opportunity tonight to respond to that claim:
After that performance theres no way he beats me with a hand tied behind his back.— AndyRuizjr (@Andy_destroyer1) September 15, 2019
It’s a good little jab from Ruiz, not too aggressive or personal, but a reminder to anyone who might take Fury’s (obviously joking) claim seriously, boxing is hard, and heavyweight boxing is full of surprises.
Aside from Ruiz, some other notables shared their thoughts, including Lennox Lewis, Frank Bruno, and Amir Khan:
Fury gets the win. Wallin’s stock rises. Without a doubt the, the most impressive job of the night goes to Fury’s cutman. #FuryWallin— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) September 15, 2019
Wallin's 127 landed punches most by a Fury opponent in 15 of his fights tracked by CompuBox..Wilder landed 71, W. Klitschko landed 52 #FuryvsWallin— CompuBox (@CompuBox) September 15, 2019
What a fantastic FIGHT @Tyson_Fury Vs @OttoWallin #FuryWallin— Isaac Dogboe (@IsaacDogboe) September 15, 2019
what a fight #tysonwallin, Well done @Tyson_Fury— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) September 15, 2019
What a great 12 rounds of boxing, both men worked hard that cut is serious but Tyson warriored through, so much heart, congratulations @Tyson_Fury #FuryWallin #FuryWilderNext pic.twitter.com/9sPPwT3AJW— Frank Bruno MBE (@frankbrunoboxer) September 15, 2019
. @Tyson_Fury showed true grit to dig deep and win after a terrible cut to the eye. Heart of a Champion. Fair play to Otto Wallin who came to win. The Tyson Fury Roadshow rolls on! pic.twitter.com/tJXus6BLeZ— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) September 15, 2019