Otto Wallin has to settle for an also-ran interim fight after previously signing to fight Dillian Whyte and chasing a Tyson Fury rematch.
Whyte called off their fight, citing injury, before agreeing on a mandatory battle with Fury at Wembley. Although present at the contest, Wallin was more of a frustrated spectator.
With his career at the very top level stalling, promoter Dmitriy Salita has confirmed Wallin’s plans to fight this month.
“A 10-round heavyweight main event has been added to Salita Promotions’ special Memorial Day weekend-kickoff Detroit Brawl event.
“WBC number eleven-rated heavyweight Otto Wallin (23-1, 14 KOs) of Sweden will face Detroit’s own Rydell Booker (26-5-1, 13 KOs).
“The fight happens on Thursday, May 26, 2022, in the Lincoln Ballroom of the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, Michigan,” said Salita Promotions.
Wallin hails from Sundsvall, Sweden. He’s an athletic southpaw heavyweight who does everything well.
The 31-year-old Wallin made the world stage and captured headlines in 2019 when he waged a thrilling war with linear world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and came extremely close to scoring a monumental stoppage upset.
Then unknown and a 10-1 underdog, Wallin took the fight to Fury early and cut the superstar Englishman for 47 stitches with a surprise left in the third round.
A nail-biting back-and-forth war of attrition that Fury eventually pulled out via close, controversial unanimous decision.
Wallin now lives and trains in New York under the tutelage of famous former two-division champion Joey Gamache at Mendez Boxing in Manhattan.
He captured the EBU European Union Heavyweight Title with a 12-round unanimous decision victory over Adrian Granat in April 2018. He has also held the WBA Continental Heavyweight Championship. Wallin was last seen in February of this year, scoring a unanimous decision over Polish veteran Kamil Sokolowski.
“Training is going really well,” said Wallin. “I’ve been getting a lot of work in over the last few months.
“I saw Booker when he fought Franklin, and I know he’s an experienced and skilled boxer. He’s not someone I will underestimate, but this is a fight I need to win.
“I appreciate my promoter, Salita Promotions, keeping me active. This fight is the first time I will fight twice in a year since 2019. I’m looking to put on a good performance.”
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