Otto Wallin is a Swedish professional boxer. He is at number 4 in the World Boxing Association’s heavyweight rankings and at number 11 in the International Boxing Federation’s rankings.
Wallin comes from a working-class family. His father and one of his brothers boxed, and he began boxing when he was 15. He won the Swedish amateur championship for beginners in 2008. There were few heavyweights available to fight in Sweden, where boxing was banned until 2007, so Wallin often would fight whoever and whenever in order to stay active. He notably fought Anthony Joshua twice as an amateur, losing both times on points.
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.
Furthermore, after racking up a 19–0 record and winning the WBA Continental heavyweight title, Wallin defeated Adrian Granat (15–1) to win the vacant Swedish and EBU European Union heavyweight titles in April 2018. Wallin won by unanimous decision with the scorecards reading 117–111, 117–112 and 118–110. As a tall southpaw, Wallin has also been a sparring partner for Anthony Joshua, Jarrell Miller and Adam Kownacki.
Wallin was born in Sundsvall, Sweden, but has lived in New York City since 2017. 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, similar to Buster Douglas losing his mother before fighting Mike Tyson. Despite ultimately losing the bout, Wallin’s performance was praised. Fury said in his in-ring interview, “I want to say big congratulations to Otto, and my thoughts are with him after the loss of his father. He would’ve been proud of what he just did.”
- Full Name: Einar Otto Wallin
- Nickname(s): “All In”
- Weight(s): Heavyweight
- Height: 197 cm (6 ft 6 in)
- Reach: 198 cm (78 in)
- Nationality: Swedish
- Date of Birth: 21 November 1990
- Age: 28
- Birth Place: Sundsvall, Sweden
- Stance: Southpaw
- Total fights: 22
- Division: Heavyweight
- Martial art: Boxing
- Net Worth: £80million
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