Wallin: '2017 will be a big year!'
Luke G. Williams
Sweden week on the Boxing Monthly website kicked off on Monday with an interview with Badou Jack and continued on Tuesday with an interview with Adrian Granat, on Wednesday with an interview with Oscar Ahlin. and on Thursday when we examined six of the country's talents eyeing future championship glory. Today we talk to heavyweight prospect Otto Wallin (16-0, 11 KOs) to gain his views on 2016 so far, and his hopes for the future.
BM: Can you give me an assessment of your last fight against Osborne Machimana? (Won on points in September)?
OW: It was a fight where my opponent was awkward and was waiting for me to make a mistake. I stayed sharp and focused as my opponent weighed almost 300 pounds. I'm happy that I stayed alert at all times and didn't let him fool me. I've got plenty of room for development and that's all the way around. I could've made it a tougher fight for him so that he couldn't survive the eight rounds.
BM: What was the experience of fighting at the Hovet in Stockholm again like? And what were your thoughts on the bill-topping Svensson vs Lauren contest?
OW: It was nice to fight at the Hovet again and I think the Svensson and Lauren fight was a great fight - great for Swedish boxing. Boxing is growing in Sweden since we can fight there again and I'd be really happy to soon go and fight in my hometown of Sundsvall.
BM: You are scheduled to fight again on 9 December. Any news about your opponent?
OW: Yes, I will fight again on 9 December but the opponent is not confirmed yet. I've heard rumours about some guys from overseas. I hope this to be a title fight and my first ten-rounder. I'm always in serious training to get better and improve, I think that's what it takes to get to the top and that's where I'm heading. I've just been in South Africa for four weeks to help my friend [cruiserweight] Micki Nielsen to prepare for his fight against Kevin Lerena and it's been a great experience to get to travel to such a beautiful country and also to train at high altitude.
BM: What is your opinion on the current state of the heavyweight division, now that Tyson Fury has stepped down through ill health?
OW: I think the division is wide open at the moment and there's a bunch of hungry younger guys coming up and looking to make statements and I'm one of them. Of course, I wish Tyson Fury all the best and hope he gets well.
BM: What is your overall assessment so far of how you have improved and developed in 2016? And what are your ambitions and plans for 2017?
OW: 2016 has been a great year for me with lots of improvements and new experiences. I've been sparring guys like Anthony Joshua and Krzysztof Głowacki and I've had two good wins and more to come before the year is over. Like I said, I think 2017 will be a big year for me! I really believe 2017 is gonna be a big year. I'm hoping to fight four times and to bring professional boxing to my hometown, that's something I'm really looking forward to. I hope I'll pick up my first titles and improve with every fight.