Boxer who left Tyson Fury with horrific cuts targeting his WBC title belt

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Otto Wallin is ready to take on Deontay Wilder for the vacant WBC heavyweight crown if Tyson Fury vacates the belt.

Sweden's Wallin, 31, lost to Fury in 2019 and has won his next three fights since. He pushed the Gypsy King all the way in their clash after he opened up two nasty cuts over Fury's right eye in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The WBC is seeking a decision on whether Fury will follow through on his claim that he will not fight again in the boxing ring.

Wallin – who has just one defeat in 24 fights – is ready to step in should the WBC strip Fury of the title. "Tyson Fury is the people's champion, gracious and classy," Wallin's promoter Dmitry Salita told Sky Sports. "If Tyson vacates the title, Otto is more than ready to fight Wilder for the title."

Wilder has not fought since he was knocked out by Fury back in October and is contemplating retirement. But the American is still ranked highly by the WBC after he made 10 defences of the title before he lost to Fury for the first time in February 2020. Wallin almost scuppered that second clash with Wilder happening when he was responsible for the cuts over Fury's eye in their 2019 meeting.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed to the Daily Star that Fury has not yet signalled he will give up the title. Sulaiman plans to leave Fury to recover with his family in the coming weeks before he will meet with the Gypsy King to discuss his future. Whyte was a mandatory challenger so Fury is not obligated to defend the belt against a certain challenger next.

He will be free to make a voluntary defence or sign up for a unification, so Fury is under no pressure to make a definitive decision. Meanwhile, promoter Frank Warren believes Fury can fight for as long as he wants – if he makes a U-turn on his retirement talk. The Gypsy King’s promoter will not put any pressure on his man to fight on if his heart is not in it.

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But Warren would love to see his man become undisputed champion by beating the winner of Usyk against Joshua. And he insists we haven’t seen the best of Fury yet. Warren said: “If he does continue, I don’t think he has reached his pinnacle to be honest, he looked even better the other night.

“When he gets back in the gym he might think, ‘This is good, I’m feeling good’ and then he might think ‘What am I in the gym for, I may as well have a fight’. Who knows? I’m not going to push him, if your heart is genuinely not in it then I wouldn’t want him to do it because it’s dangerous.”

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