Otto Wallin’s heartbreaking inspiration ahead of Tyson Fury showdown

Swedish heavyweight Otto Wallin is set for the biggest night of his life as he takes on Tyson Fury under the bright Las Vegas lights on Saturday.

But the unfancied challenger will have a heartbreaking inspiration driving him on – his late father, who passed away unexpectedly just a few weeks ago, aged 68.

Wallin, who had a strong amateur career and is still unbeaten as a professional, was introduced to the sport by his father, who grew up adoring Muhammed Ali.

He will now embark upon his toughest test without his father in his corner – but still driven on by the motivation to do him proud on a huge night for his family.

"My father passed away in May. He had a heart attack, it was very unexpected," Wallin told BBC Sport . "He was here in America with me in April and then went back home and unfortunately that happened. He was 68."

"It is on my mind, of course. It was always a dream of his to have me fight in Vegas one day. I just wish he could be there but it gives me a lot of motivation. We talked about this beforehand. He always said if something were to happen to him I should keep going and keep fighting.

"The thing is, me and my father had a really good relationship. He was a guy who talked a lot about feelings. He knew I loved him and I knew he loved me. He will be there in spirit for sure, no doubt."

Fury is expected to comfortably dispose of Wallin, as he did when he demolished unknown German challenger Tom Schwarz in June.

But the Gypsy King has previously insisted he will not look past Wallin despite his upcoming rematch with Deontay Wilder early next year as he aims to avoid being stunned like Anthony Joshua was against Andy Ruiz Jr in New York.

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