Otto Wallin

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Otto Wallin
Otto Wallin - Srdan Govedarica, WBSS 2018 (39733338743).jpg
Statistics
Real nameEinar Otto Wallin
Nickname(s)"All In"[1]
Weight(s)Heavyweight
Height1.97 m (6 ft 5.5 in)
Reach1.98 m (78 in)
NationalitySwedish
Born (1990-11-21) 21 November 1990 (age 30)
Sundsvall, Sweden
StanceSouthpaw
Boxing record
Total fights24
Wins22
Wins by KO14
Losses1
No contests1
Medal record
Swedish Youth National Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Nyköping Heavyweight
Ruska Tournament
Gold medal – first place 2009 Rovaniemi Super-heavyweight
Swedish National Championships
Silver medal – second place 2010 Norrköping Super-heavyweight
Haringey Box Cup
Silver medal – second place 2010 London Super-heavyweight
Ruska Tournament
Silver medal – second place 2010 Rovaniemi Super-heavyweight
Swedish National Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Sundsvall Super-heavyweight
Nordic Championships
Silver medal – second place 2011 Lahti Super-heavyweight
Algirdas Socikas Tournament
Gold medal – first place 2011 Kaunas Super-heavyweight
Haringey Box Cup
Gold medal – first place 2011 London Super-heavyweight
Riga Open Tournament
Gold medal – first place 2011 Riga Super-heavyweight
Gee-Bee Tournament
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Helsinki Super-heavyweight

Einar Otto Wallin (born 21 November 1990) is a Swedish professional boxer. He held the WBA Continental heavyweight title in 2017 and won the European Union heavyweight title in 2018. As of September 2021, Wallin is ranked as the world's tenth-best active heavyweight by Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.[2]

Amateur career

Wallin comes from a working-class family. His father and one of his brothers boxed, and he began boxing when he was 15.[3] As an amateur, he won the Swedish championship for beginners in 2008.[4] There were few heavyweights available to fight in Sweden, where professional boxing was banned until 2007,[5] so Wallin would often fight whoever and whenever in order to stay active.[6][7]

In 2009, Wallin won a bronze medal at the Swedish Youth National Championships in the heavyweight division,[8] and won the Ruska Tournament in the super-heavyweight division.[9] In 2010, Wallin won silver at the Swedish National Championships,[10] and silver at the Haringey Box Cup, losing to Anthony Joshua on points in the final.[11] He also won silver at the 2010 Ruska Tournament.[12]

Wallin lost to Joshua on points again in a Sweden–England dual match in Stockholm in January 2011.[13] He then won bronze at the Swedish National Championships in February,[14] silver at the Nordic Championships in March,[15] gold at the Algirdas Socikas Tournament in May,[16] gold at the Haringey Box Cup in June,[17] and gold at the Riga Open Tournament in December.[18]

In January 2012, Wallin defeated Frazer Clarke 32:11 in a Sweden–England dual match in Uppsala,[19] which qualified him for the 2012 European Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament.[20] Wallin won bronze at the Gee-Bee Tournament in March, losing to Magomed Omarov in the semi-finals.[21] At the European Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament in April in Trabzon, Turkey, he was eliminated in the round of 16 by Mihai Nistor.[22] Wallin finished with an amateur record of 34–12.[23]

Professional career

Early career

Wallin turned professional at the age of 22, in 2013. He trained under Torsten Schmitz for six months in Berlin, Germany, then moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he met former two-weight WBA world champion Joey Gamache, who became his trainer. Wallin followed Gamache to New York after Gamache left Denmark.[24]

Rise up the ranks

Wallin vs. Granat

After racking up a 19–0 record and winning the WBA Continental heavyweight title, Wallin defeated Adrian Granat (15–1, 14 KOs) to win the vacant Swedish and EBU European Union heavyweight titles in April 2018. Wallin won by unanimous decision 117–111, 117–112, and 118–110.[25] As a tall southpaw, he has also been a sparring partner for Anthony Joshua, Jarrell Miller and Adam Kownacki.[26]

Wallin vs. Kisner

Wallin then made his United States debut against Nick Kisner (21–4–1, 6 KOs) in April 2019, but the fight ended in a no contest after an accidental clash of heads opened a cut above Kisner's eye in the first round.[27] He was set to fight BJ Flores (34–4–1, 21 KOs) in July, but Flores was ruled medically unfit to fight on the day of the scheduled bout.[28][29]

Wallin vs. Fury

On 14 September 2019, Wallin faced the former unified heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury (28–0–1, 20 KOs) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.[30] Wallin lost the fight by unanimous decision, with the scorecards reading 116–112, 117–111, and 118–110. He opened up a large cut above Fury's right eye in the third round with a left hand, which affected Fury's vision for the rest of the fight. A ringside doctor examined the cut in the sixth and deemed Fury able to continue. The examination by the doctor seemed to motivate Fury, as he poured on the pressure afterwards, hurting Wallin repeatedly with solid shots. Despite fatiguing in the second half of the fight, Wallin came back in the twelfth and landed a strong left hand which seemed to trouble Fury. Commentators stated Wallin's performance had defied the odds despite the loss, as he came in as an over 10 to 1 underdog.[31][32]

Wallin vs. Kauffman

Wallin was set to make his return to the ring against former WBA (Regular) heavyweight world champion Lucas Browne (29–2, 25 KOs) on 28 March 2020 at the Park Theater at the Park MGM in Las Vegas. The fight was scheduled for 10 rounds.[33] On 26 February, Wallin was removed from the card due to a foot injury and was replaced by Apti Davtaev.[34] He instead made his return against Travis Kauffman on 15 August 2020. Wallin dominated the fight, and Kauffman retired in the fifth round due to injury.[35]

Wallin vs. Breazeale

Wallin's next fight was against former IBF and WBC title challenger Dominic Breazeale on the undercard of Adrien Broner vs. Jovanie Santiago on 20 February 2021. The Swede was in control the whole fight and regularly found the target with his straight left hand, causing swelling around Breazeale's right eye. Wallin won a comfortable unanimous decision victory with scores of 117–111, 118–110 and 116–112.[36]

Cancelled Dillian Whyte fight

On 15 September 2021, it was reported that terms had been agreed between Wallin and the WBC interim heavyweight champion, Dillian Whyte, for a bout on 30 October at the O2 Arena in London, England.[37] However, a mere ten days before the fight was scheduled to occur, it was reported that the fight had been called off due to Whyte allegedly suffering a shoulder injury.[38]

Personal life

Wallin was born in Sundsvall, Sweden, but has lived in New York City since 2017.[39][40] Wallin's father died of a sudden heart attack shortly before the announcement of Wallin's fight with Tyson Fury. Wallin said his father, an amateur boxer and part-time trainer, motivated him to get into boxing, and hoped to use his father's death as extra motivation to upset the odds and defeat Fury,[41][42] similar to Buster Douglas's losing his mother before fighting Mike Tyson.[43] Despite ultimately losing the bout, Wallin's performance was praised. Fury said in his in-ring interview, "Big congratulations to Otto and I just wanna say rest in peace to his father. I know he would be very, very proud of his performance."[44][45]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
24 fights 22 wins 1 loss
By knockout 14 0
By decision 8 1
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
24 Win 22–1 (1) United States Dominic Breazeale UD 12 20 Feb 2021 United States Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, US
23 Win 21–1 (1) United States Travis Kauffman TKO 5 (10), 2:32 15 Aug 2020 United States Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, US
22 Loss 20–1 (1) United Kingdom Tyson Fury UD 12 14 Sep 2019 United States T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US
21 NC 20–0 (1) United States Nick Kisner NC 1 (10), 3:00 13 Apr 2019 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US No contest after Kisner cut from accidental headbutt
20 Win 20–0 Sweden Adrian Granat UD 12 21 Apr 2018 Sweden Gärdehov, Sundsvall, Sweden Won vacant European Union and Swedish heavyweight titles
19 Win 19–0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Srdan Govedarica KO 3 (8), 1:01 27 Jan 2018 Latvia Arēna Rīga, Rīga, Latvia
18 Win 18–0 Italy Gianluca Mandras TKO 5 (10), 1:18 22 Apr 2017 Sweden Sundsvalls Sporthall, Sundsvall, Sweden Won vacant WBA Continental heavyweight title
17 Win 17–0 Brazil Raphael Zumbano UD 10 3 Dec 2016 Bulgaria Arena Armeec, Sofia, Bulgaria
16 Win 16–0 South Africa Osborne Machimana UD 8 10 Sep 2016 Sweden Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden
15 Win 15–0 Brazil Irineu Beato Costa Junior TKO 3 (8), 0:35 23 Apr 2016 Sweden Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden
14 Win 14–0 Serbia Samir Kurtagic UD 6 19 Dec 2015 Sweden Rosvalla Arena, Nyköping, Sweden
13 Win 13–0 Russia Vladimir Goncharov UD 6 19 Sep 2015 Sweden Rosvalla Arena, Nyköping, Sweden
12 Win 12–0 Ukraine Oleksiy Mazikin KO 2 (8), 2:26 20 Jun 2015 Denmark Super Arena, Ballerup, Denmark
11 Win 11–0 Georgia (country) Beka Lobjanidze KO 4 (8), 0:52 2 May 2015 Denmark Frederiksberghallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
10 Win 10–0 Georgia (country) David Gegeshidze TKO 2 (8), 2:32 14 Mar 2015 Denmark Super Arena, Ballerup, Denmark
9 Win 9–0 Croatia Ivica Perkovic RTD 4 (8), 3:00 6 Dec 2014 Germany Große EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Germany
8 Win 8–0 Croatia Vjekoslav Bajic TKO 2 (8) 29 Nov 2014 Denmark Falkoner Center, Frederiksberg, Denmark
7 Win 7–0 Ukraine Maksym Pedyura TKO 4 (6), 2:50 30 Aug 2014 Germany Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, Germany
6 Win 6–0 Czech Republic Ladislav Kovarik TKO 4 (4), 1:00 15 Feb 2014 Denmark MusikTeatret, Albertslund, Denmark
5 Win 5–0 Hungary Ferenc Zsalek PTS 4 25 Jan 2014 Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Germany
4 Win 4–0 Czech Republic Tomas Mrazek PTS 4 23 Nov 2013 Germany Stechert Arena, Bamberg, Germany
3 Win 3–0 Hungary Gabor Farkas TKO 3 (4), 2:53 26 Oct 2013 Germany EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Germany
2 Win 2–0 Estonia Valeri Semiskur TKO 2 (4), 0:55 7 Sep 2013 Denmark Arena Nord, Frederikshavn, Denmark
1 Win 1–0 Kazakhstan Roman Cherney TKO 1 (4), 2:57 15 Jun 2013 Denmark NRGi Arena, Aarhus, Denmark

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