Anthony Joshua is in negotiations to fight Otto Wallin
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Anthony Joshua lost for the second time to the excellent Usyk, who this time defended his belts, and in their first mutual meeting, he took them away from him. For a long time, Tyson Fury called out the British star and gave him various ultimatums, but Joshua and Hearn obviously did not take him seriously.
Last weekend, Fury defeated Derek Chisora for the third time, and for now, the most likely fight is against Usyk for the unification of the belts. Dmitry Salita, Otto Wallin's manager, said that they are aiming for the Joshua fight in 2023.
"I had discussions with Eddie [Hearn] about Otto for a significant amount of time and as late as last week," he told the Sun. "From what I understand it's really up to AJ. I believe he wants to place himself back in the heavyweight picture.
Both Otto and AJ want a shot at Fury. By the numbers Otto landed more punches on Fury then anyone else ever." "I believe the winner of that fight will have legitimate claim to challenge Fury probably after his fight with Oleksandr Usyk."
Salita has slammed Joshua's proposal to fight Dillian Whyte next.
"Whyte is 1-2 and in reality 1-3 in his last four fights.
A fight with Joshua would be something like Roy Jones vs Mike Tyson or Floyd Mayweather vs Conor Mcgregor, big names but not much behind it at this point," he added. Even if it's not against Jermaine, Whyte needs an impressive showing against someone credible to show that he still got the skills to pay the bills at an elite heavyweight level." "He had four wins after that including Dominic Breazeale and Travis Kauffman, both credible at time of his victory.
Otto is number three in the WBO and is a bona fide top heavyweight in the world. There have been lots of big names thrown around with Joshua including Tyson and Wilder. How serious that is will depend on who he fights next." Otto Wallin is a boxer who has a record of 24 victories in his professional career, and he was defeated only once, by Tyson Fury in 2019 by decision. Since then, he has scored four victories and it wouldn't be strange if this fight were indeed arranged.