A return to Las Vegas for Tyson Fury and a return for another relatively unknown, unbeaten opponent.
It was the German Tom Schwarz in July and this time around it’s the Swede, Otto Wallin, ranked fourth with the World Boxing Association.
Our boxing betting expert has previewed Saturday night’s main event at the MGM Grand, whilst pulling out all the best odds for the occasion.
A Grand Occasion
Perhaps the key talking point circling this weekend’s bout is not the fight itself, but the weekend it is taking place: Mexican Independence Day.
A date that has typically been saved to host Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in recent years, not least the two colossal Gennady Golovkin fight-nights of the last two years, the date opened up after a scheduled clash with light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev fell through.
Enter Tyson Fury and promoter Bob Arum. The man who promoted the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’, ‘Thriller in Manila’, to name a few, knew that this opportunity only comes around once in a decade, and he had the perfect man to capitalise.
If Fury’s ring-walk against Schwarz is anything to go by (sporting the outfit worn by Rocky film franchise character ‘Apollo Creed’), you can bet Saturday’s entrance will resemble something of blank canvas paint bombed with Mexican heritage.
Gulf in Class
As eluded too above, there are many parallels between this fight and Fury’s last time out against Schwarz, and it’s no different in this contest.
Wallin is an unbeaten, 6’5 tall unknown from Europe, with little pedigree at world level (if any); he’s rigid, heavy-handed, and doesn’t mind getting hit.
It’s the perfect opponent for Fury, as with Schwarz, where the Briton can jab and move, wait for Wallin to gamble before punishing him on the inside.
If you’re looking at this fight hoping there’s an upset in the offing, then you need to look elsewhere. This fight, in our mind, ends one way and that’s Tyson Fury by stoppage, which you can get at 33/100 with Grosvenorsport.com.
The real money is in the rounds, and if you fancy Fury to take out Wallin within the first two (like he did Schwarz), you can find this at a handsome 7/1. You can get Fury to win by stoppage within the first six rounds at a much safer 8/5.