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Tyson Fury is a big favorite to beat Otto Wallin when the two clash on Saturday night in a fight you can stream on ESPN+. But even though Wallin is unknown to most boxing fans, he believes he’ll pull off what basically nobody else thinks is possible: He believes he’ll upend the entire heavyweight division by beating Fury.
“I’m not trying to read too many comments or read too much about this fight. People never seen me fight before and they probably think I’m another Tom Schwarz because they had never seen him fight and Fury took him out in two rounds,” Wallin said, via ESPN, referring to Fury’s last subpar opponent. “I’m different because I’m going there to win. I got good basics. I got good offense, good defense. And I got fast feet and fast hands and I’m a good fighter. I got a big heart and I really want to do this.”
All of that is great. But there’s a reason Fury is the -2000 betting favorite (meaning you’d have to wager $2,000 to win an infinitesimal $100 payday), and he’ll be looking to impress as he works his way toward a potential rematch with Deontay Wilder.
Here’s how to live stream the Fury vs. Wallin fight on ESPN+
Tyson Fury vs. Otto Wallin
- When: Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7:30pm ET
- Where: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
- Streaming: ESPN+
- Cost: $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year
Fury vs. Wallin live stream: Watch Top Rank Boxing on ESPN+
Since it was introduced in April 2018, ESPN+ has been a tremendous value for boxing fans. Thanks to its partnership with the Top Rank promotional company, ESPN has had the chance to use both the broadcast network and the paywall on the app to showcase its top fighters and prospects. Terence Crawford has fought on ESPN+. So has Fury and Sergey Kovalev. Michael Conlan and Shakur Stevenson, two of the best undefeated prospects in the game, also have been broadcast on both platforms. Now, it’s Fury’s turn again.
It’s the cheapest way to stream boxing on a monthly or annual basis. ESPN+ used to give a free seven-day trial, but that’s gone away for now. Either way, subscribers can pay $4.99 per month or $49.99 for the entire year. Plus, you’re allowed to cancel at any time.
There’s plenty more to enjoy about ESPN+ other than just boxing. ESPN+ is basically an extension of the main ESPN app, and aside from boxing, it shows other original programming and a variety of live sports that you might not see on ESPN broadcasts. The ESPN+ exclusive content is designated by the “E+” logo in the corner of the preview tile. For example, you can watch all the UFC PPVs there, and you’ll get 20 exclusive UFC Fight Night events per year along with plenty of NHL games, MLB contests, wall-to-wall soccer, and a ton of college sports. You’ll also be able to watch the entire 30 for 30 catalog on-demand.
Fury vs. Wallin: Why it matters
While the boxing world waits for a potential rematch between Fury (28-0-1, 20 knockouts) and Wilder—in the first fight, last December, Fury mostly dominated but was awarded a draw after surviving two Wilder knockdowns—he’ll face the undefeated Wallin (20-0, 13 KOs) instead.
Not that it matters who he fights, Fury said.
“I can defeat all the heavyweights with one hand,” Fury said. “As you saw … lightning speed, lightning reflexes for a giant. I’m a giant of a heavyweight. There has never been a heavyweight like me. There has never been a man of my size who can move like that. I’m a natural freak of nature. I defy every law of gravity. It shouldn’t be possible for a man of my size or my weight to move like that.”
Fury is certainly elite. He’s known for his precise technical skill and impressive head movement, but he’s also shown recently that he can be exciting offensively as well.
Wallin, though, will try to make sure that doesn’t happen to him.
“I’ve dreamed of a fight like this since I was a kid. I’ve always wanted to fight a big fight in Las Vegas,” Wallin said. “All of my hard work has paid off and led me to this moment. Sweden’s last heavyweight champion was Ingemar Johansson, and that was 60 years ago. So to make that type of history would be extra special.”
Wallin’s resume doesn’t suggest he has much of a chance. But remember, not many people gave Andy Ruiz a chance to beat heavyweight champion earlier this year. And then Ruiz went out and pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the past few decades. Fury, though, doesn’t seem worried.
“Otto Wallin is a tall blonde, just the way I like them,” he said. “We’ll see what he brings on Saturday.”
Fury vs. Wallin live streaming schedule
- Tyson Fury vs. Otto Wallin
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- Jose Zepeda vs. Jose Pedraza
- Carlos Cuadras vs. Jose Maria Cardenas
- Gabriel Flores Jr. vs. Miguel Angel Perez Aispuro
- Felix Valera vs. Vyacheslav Shabranskyy
- Isaac Lowe vs. Ruben Garcia Hernandez
- Isidro Ochoa vs. Iskander Kharsan
- Guido Vianello vs. Cassius Anderson
- Abraham Martinez vs. Kevin Johnson
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Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.