Otto Wallin wasn’t good enough to upset Tyson Fury on Saturday night.
Wallin sure wasn’t Tom Schwarz, either.
The rugged Swedish southpaw provided some troublesome moments for the lineal heavyweight champion, who fended off the previously unbeaten, unproven Wallin to win a 12-round unanimous decision at T-Mobile Arena. England’s Fury fought through a nasty cut over his right eye for nine-plus rounds and another laceration along his right eyelid.
He began wearing down Wallin in the championship rounds, but Wallin buzzed Fury with a left hand early in the 12th round. Fury regained his senses, though, and made it to the final bell.
Judges Tim Cheatham (118-110), Eric Cheek (117-111) and Don Trella (116-112) all scored the fight for Fury by large margins.
“It was a great fight,” Fury told ESPN’s Bernardo Osuna after the fight. “You know, I got caught early on with the inside of the glove, on the eyelid, which cut the eye, changed the fight completely. For a majority of the fight, I couldn’t see out me [right] eye. And then southpaw-orthodox clash, clashed heads and gave me a second cut. I’ve not seen the cut, but it feels quite bad. But, you know, I am a gypsy warrior! This is Mexican Independence Day! Come on, Mexico! Viva Mexico!”