Otto Wallin believes he is a 'much better fight' for Anthony Joshua

Otto Wallin believes he is a ‘much better fight’ for Anthony Joshua when he makes his heavyweight boxing return in 2023 than Dillian Whyte – as Swede insists ‘I proved myself’ during his defeat by Tyson Fury

  • Otto Wallin is keen to become Anthony Joshua’s next opponent when he returns
  • The 31-year-old Swede believes he will make a better match than Dillian Whyte
  • Former heavyweight champion Joshua is currently taking a break until 2023 
  • Wallin took Tyson Fury the distance before losing a unanimous decision in 2019

Otto Wallin has insisted that he would make a ‘much better’ next opponent for former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua when he returns to the ring in 2023 than Dillian Whyte.

The 31-year-old Swedish boxer is best known for his fight with Tyson Fury in September 2019, when he took the Gypsy King the distance but suffered a unanimous decision loss.

Wallin, who left Fury needing 47 stitches, has won all four of his fights since that bout and is throwing his hat into the ring to fight Joshua, rather than see him come up against Whyte for a third time in his career. 

Otto Wallin (pictured) has insisted that he would make a good opponent for Anthony Joshua

The 31-year-old Swede is best known for taking Tyson Fury (pictured) the distance back in 2019

Those comments come off the back of Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn naming Wallin and Whyte as potential opponents for his Watford-born boxer. 

Joshua is currently taking a break from boxing after suffering back-to-back defeats to Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk, but is planning a return to the ring in 2023.

Wallin told Rekatochklart: ‘I think it’s positive that my name is being mentioned but I would like to be the frontrunner.

Wallin has thrown his hat into the ring to fight Joshua (pictured) when he returns to the ring

‘I think Whyte is a good style for Joshua, he knocked him out last time, I don’t think much has changed.

‘A guy like Usyk is a terrible style for him because Joshua struggles with good boxers and I’m a good boxer and I’m a southpaw so I think I can give Joshua a better fight.

‘I’ve proved myself with Fury, I gave him a really tough fight and he handled Whyte much easier than me.

‘Judging from that I think I’m a much better fight for Joshua and we fought twice in the amateurs, I lost close decisions in fights that could have gone either way and we’ve sparred before, so we know each other pretty well.

‘He knows that I’m a good fighter and I know that he’s a good fighter.

‘I think that fight makes a lot of sense especially given that I have a good following in England thanks to the Fury fight and the problems I gave him.

‘So, I think people would respect that fight.’

The Swede believes he would make a much better opponent than Brit Dillian Whyte (pictured)

Wallin (24-1) has fought Joshua twice previously when they were both amateurs and suffered narrow defeats in both bouts. 

Whyte and Joshua have also met twice before, once in amateurs, and once during their professional careers.

Whyte came out on top in their amateur fight back in 2009 before Joshua got revenge with a seventh round knock-out when they met again in 2015 at theO2 Arena.

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