27/10/2019

Tyson Fury v Otto Wallin: British heavyweight vows to not underestimate Las Vegas opponent


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By Luke Reddy
BBC Sport in Las Vegas
Tyson Fury pledged to not dismiss underdog Otto Wallin at a colourful Las Vegas news conference.
Fury, 31, happens on Wallin on Saturday night, filling the coveted Sin City battle night held over Mexican Independence Day weekend.
28, wallin, has 20 wins from 20 fights but Fury is a 1-25 bookies’ favourite.
“I do not underestimate anyone, I will respect everybody,” said Fury.
“I will train for a guy like he has 20 knockouts in a row. The southpaw is a struggle but a question that I couldn’t conquer and I have never met with or a mountain I couldn’t climb – that he will not be any exception.
“Hopefully we go for a beer afterwards.”
Fury has attempted to align himself with fans, who have travelled into Las Vegas for the weekend. He has referred to himself as”El Rey Gitano”, so”The Gypsy King”.
At one stage in the press conference, a reporter contested Fury to understand a question asked in Spanish.
After initially offering a stock answer, Fury reasoned:”And yes, I really do love cuddly toys and crayons, thank you for inquiring.”
His answer drew laughter and Fury afterward told another reporter poised to ask a question if it was requested in Spanish that he could just understand.
“I was not supposed to stay with this weekend,” Fury added.
“When we noticed Saul’Canelo’ Alvarez wouldn’t be fighting in Las Vegas on this weekend I believed what a shock. This was a special weekend for many years. I thought the Mexican individuals won’t have a principal event so I brought my fight date forward four weeks.”
Together with Fury’s entourage, including his brother Tommy and Love Island celebrity Molly Mae, enjoying his humorous screen, his UK promoter Frank Warren hunted to concentrate minds by saying just how much was at stake against Wallin awarded a rematch with WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is set for early at 2020.
“One punch could alter the entire thing,” worried Warren.
Fury added:”Is Wallin knocking me out? Definitely not. I really don’t know much about Otto and occasionally that’s a good thing.
“Sometimes when you know a whole lot about an opponent it does not turn me fully, when it’s unknown it’s much more exciting.
“I feel great, fit, have trained very tough, weight is perfect, injury free, sharp, and rejuvenated. I’m ready for a fight that is fantastic. I’m as powerful as I have been.”
Fury will come face-to-face before a Arena bout, with Wallin at Friday’s weigh-in.
US promoter Bob Arum pointed Wallin could draw from the jolt brought on by Swedish heavyweight Ingemar Johansson in coming to stun the mythical Floyd Paterson.
Wallin responded:”I come from a small location in Sweden and today I’m on the huge stage. I’ve dreamed of this and therefore are prepared to put it all online.
“I am well schooled, I have good offence, defence and I think I have what is needed to cause an upset.”
Saturday’s bout is anticipated to start at around 05:00 BST on Sunday at the united kingdom and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live together with live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.
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