‘Tyson Fury is No 1’, says Amir Khan

‘Tyson Fury is No 1’, says Amir Khan as he labels Gypsy King ‘most talented’ heavyweight on the planet ahead of Otto Wallin bout

  • Tyson Fury fights Sweden’s Otto Wallin in Las Vegas on Saturday night 
  • Amir Khan believes Wallin will be up against the world’s top heavyweight
  • Khan would favour Fury against Deontay Wilder, Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua 

Tyson Fury goes into his final rehearsal for a second tilt at Deontay Wilder’s world title with an endorsement from fellow British star Amir Khan as the best of all today’s celebrity heavyweights.

As Fury readies himself for what the bookies expect to be a heavy odds on walk-over against little-known Swedish slugger Otto Wallin in Las Vegas on Saturday, his uniquely deft skills for a giant establishes him in Khan’s eyes as the king not only of the gypsies but the prize ring.

Khan is back in home in Bolton planning his next step up the ladder back to the top and he expects Fury to join him shortly as a two-time world champion.

Tyson Fury works out on Tuesday ahead of his fight with Otto Wallin in Las Vegas on Saturday 

Amir Khan believes that Fury is currently the No 1 heavyweight on the planet 

That is projected to involve a New Year rematch with Wilder, the WBC champion against whom he recovered from being knocked flat and almost out to claim a controversial draw in December, keeping them both undefeated.

Wilder is unquestionably the most concussive puncher on the revitalised heavyweight scene but Khan says: ‘Fury is the most talented. Wilder is very dangerous but on the evidence of most of their first fight I can see Tyson out-boxing him over the 12 rounds. Just as long as he doesn’t get caught again by a big punch.’ 

Khan ranks both of them above Anthony Joshua, who lost the majority of the heavyweight belts to Andy Ruiz Jr in the biggest ring upset so far this century and is heading for that rematch on December 1 in Saudi Arabia.

Khan says: ‘Fury is No 1 and Wilder No 2. We will know who’s No 3 after Joshua-Ruiz II but I’m among those wondering if it is wise for Anthony to do this immediately.

Khan is confident that Fury (right) would beat Deontay Wilder (left) in a rematch 

‘I think it might have been better for him to have a couple of easier fights to get his confidence back, especially after being knocked down so often and stopped.

‘We’re all wanting and hoping Anthony can pull this off but I’m concerned that we could see the same fight over again.’ 

Khan helped blaze a trail for boxing in oil-rich Saudi Arabia and his team are still trying to organise a huge fight for him there against legendary record eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.

He says: ‘It will be interesting to see how big Anthony’s fight is out there.’ 

Khan is less confident that Anthony Joshua will be successful in his rematch against Andy Ruiz

There has been criticism of Fury taking another comfort-zone fight against Wallin following his easy win on the Strip here against the equally unheralded German Tom Schwarz.

But that is considered by promoters Bob Arum and Frank Warren and US giant cable network ESPN as the selling of the Gypsy King in America prior to maximising the Wilder showdown.

Of Fury’s extravagant flair for marketing himself, Khan says: ‘It’s part of the business and Tyson is making a bigger and bigger name for himself now.’ He is also earning scores of millions of dollars in the process.

Fury v Wallin will be televised live late Saturday on BT Sport Box Office and streamed on the BT Sport app.

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