When the announcement last week was made of Tyson Fury taking on Otto Wallin in September, the matchup wasn’t embraced with open arms in the world of boxing.
Many for Fury were expecting that after a fight with Tom Schwarz which he made quick work of back in June, he was going to take on a more known heavyweight. Fury’s coach Ben Davidson explained in an interview with The Express that it wasn’t so easy to find an opponent for the Gypsy King.
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Davidson explained to The Express that the initial man they wanted Alexander Povetkin, was the front runner but decided to take on Fury’s cousin Hughie instead in London on August 31st.
“An offer got put out to Alexander Povetkin – he took the Hughie [Fury] fight,” Davidson told The Express. “It’s difficult, y’know. Tyson said that he wanted [Jarrell] Big Baby Miller – he wasn’t going to get his license in time (after a drugs offense). He then said Trevor Bryan, who signed to fight Manuel Charr. It’s very difficult.
Davidson also explained that the household heavyweights were currently unavailable and stated that they wanted to keep the heavyweights now in their perspective boxing stables or upcoming rematches.
“You’ve got Al Haymon [at] PBC, you’ve got Top Rank, DAZN with Joshua and that. They all want to keep their heavyweights for who they’ve got. I know that [Kubrat] Pulev is in a situation for the IBF mandatory, he’s not going to take that fight [against Tyson Fury], didn’t want to take that fight,” Davison said to The Express.
“Adam Kownacki, he’s with PBC. Obviously [Anthony] Joshua and [Andy] Ruiz [Jr] are having their rematch. It was difficult. Luis Ortiz and Deontay Wilder [are having a rematch]. It’s no secret that Tyson and Deontay are looking to fight in the early part of next year. So it wasn’t the be-all and end-all because the big fights are around the corner.”
With all the more prominent names fighting others, it’s no shock that Fury wasn’t going to take on someone who would pose a severe threat. The process initially started with speculation of it being Kubrat Pulev, all the way down to Johann Duhaupas and Junior Fa. We may have ended up groaning about whoever Fury was facing in one way or another based on how Davidson lays it all out.