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Tyson Fury v Otto Wallin: Gypsy King must sparkle against unbeaten Swede in Las Vegas

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The Tyson Fury show returns to Las Vegas for one night only this weekend and Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse expects entertainment from the start...

"Two southpaws rarely make for an explosive fight, so Tyson Fury is expected to box tactically, remain orthodox for most of the night and aim to get off powerful backhand shots and hooks"

Tyson Fury v Otto Wallin
Sunday, 05:00
Live on BT Sport

Battle of the unbeatens

Tyson Fury takes part in what will be his 30th professional bout this weekend when facing off against fellow unbeaten heavyweight Otto Wallin at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The towering 6ft 9inch Englishman is hot favourite in the betting to move his record to 29-0-1 but knows the pressure is on to impress against an unknown opponent with nothing to lose.

The wait for Fury - Wilder II rumbles on with both men taking other routes but as long as the current WBC ruler and former unified world champion continue on their winning run of form, a 2020 meeting looks inevitable. Will Tyson do his bit in the early hours of Sunday morning? The current betting suggests he need only turn up.

Fury believes he's the greatest of all time

Tyson Fury has had much to say in the build up to this fight, as is the norm with the 31-year-old from Manchester, but most of his criticisms have been aimed away from Sunday's opponent Otto Wallin as he works to drum up interest in this bout. According to Fury's latest rantings, Anthony Joshua is a bum, Deontay Wilder is limited, and Andy Ruiz Jr is bang average. That, of course, leaves him on course to becoming the greatest heavyweight of all time. Tyson certainly isn't shy when it comes to heaping on self-praise, but you've got to love his confidence and he has certainly backed up the talk since signing pro in 2008.

Fury marked his return to the big time with a split decision draw against WBC champion Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles last December. Many believed the challenger had done enough to merit the win, despite being dropped twice in the final four rounds, but the scorecards read 113-113, 111-115, 114-112. Tyson built up an early lead but much of that good work was undone by two 10-8 rounds in the latter stages. An instant rematch was ordered by the governing body, but it never materialised, Fury stopping Tom Schwarz in two and The Bronze Bomber taking out Dominic Breazeale inside a round.

The betting for this fight prices most casual backers out of an interest on a Tyson Fury win and the [1.05] available on the Exchange tells the story of how punters expect this one to go. That drives us into the specials markets where you'll find the Betfair Sportsbook offering 1/3 for a 21st career KO win in 30 bouts. That's much more likely, according to the traders, than a first points cheer in over 132 rounds for Fury since he dethroned Wladimir Klitschko in Germany four years ago. Another quickfire win in rounds 1-4 is priced at 13/5.

Wallin a big price but anything's possible

Not a lot was known about Otto Wallin before this fight was announced and casual boxing fans are still none too wise on the underdog. His record makes him a lively contender with 20 wins from as many starts, 13 of those victories coming inside the distance. On paper he's a real challenge but you won't find too many experts tipping him for an upset win that would derail Fury's return to the top of the division. This bout is viewed, by most, as little more than a warm-up for the Wilder rematch.

Fury has come in for a fair share of criticism for choosing Wallin as his next opponent but that is, perhaps, a little unfair. The 28-year-old Swede hasn't put a foot wrong since making his professional debut back in 2013. He has been campaigning at a much lower level so far but the 6ft 5inch fighter from Sundsvall has been beating the opponents placed in front of him, and that's all that can be asked. It's also worth noting he's a southpaw, so won't be easy to find with the big shots. He arrives on the back of a stunning points win over Adrian Granat that earned Wallin the EBU European heavyweight title.

Despite his record and winning run users of the Betfair Exchange are able to nail down a stunning [22] on Otto Wallin winning this fight. The Swede goes in with confidence and we've already witnessed a few big price upsets this year, especially in the heavyweight division. That will ensure an interest in the southpaw. Those after bigger odds may enjoy the 22/1 about a KO/TKO or 40/1 for a points verdict, both quotes taken from the Betfair Sportsbook.

Second half stoppage will keep things interesting

Two southpaws rarely make for an explosive fight, so Tyson Fury is expected to box tactically, remain orthodox for most of the night and aim to get off powerful backhand shots and hooks. There will be enough coming back from Wallin during the early exchanges to ensure this fight has Fury's attention, so a quickfire knockout win isn't expected.

The favourite will be desperate to send out a message to Team Wilder, however, so backing the Brit to get the job done inside the distance does look the shrewd play here. There's a generous 9/5 available on the Sportsbook about Fury winning in rounds 7-12 and that bet will help keep things interesting in the middle rounds. Tyson in rounds 1-6 is 13/10 jolly.

Frank Monkhouse,

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