Wallin (20-1, 13 KO), a hitherto unknown Swede whose best win came over Adrian Granat, looked for all the world like another Tom Schwarz in the buildup to September bout with Fury. Instead, Wallin gave “The Gypsy King” one of his tougher fights to date, busting him open in the third round and determinedly advancing despite fading late. I’m glad to see him getting another big spotlight, even if the opponent isn’t quite as intriguing.
Browne (29-2, 25 KO) smashed Ruslan Chagaev in hostile territory back in 2016 to claim the WBA title, only to fail drug tests for clenbuterol and, ahead of an ordered clash with Fres Oquendo, ostarine. His return to the world stage two years later ended poorly, as he spent six rounds getting pummeled by Dillian Whyte before a left hook put him away.
His only other noteworthy fight since saw his liver leveled by a gorgeous counter hook from Dave Allen.