Otto Wallin Says Anthony Joshua Punches Harder than Tyson Fury, But Will It Matter?

Anthony Joshua in white boxing gloves

Otto Wallin, who defeated Dominic Breazeale on February 20, 2020, broke down Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury.

For the past couple of weeks, the talks of Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury for the undisputed heavyweight championship have been getting intense. The contract has been agreed upon, and it now awaits the signatures of both parties. If this bout gets announced, it will be one of the biggest boxing events in British history.

In a recent chat with iFL TV, Wallin — who fought Fury in September 2019 and “AJ” in the amateurs — gave his thoughts on both men’s punching power. Before moving ahead, it may be noted that Wallin (22-1-0, 1NC) was also Joshua’s sparring partner in the past.

“I think Joshua punches harder,” Wallin said. “Joshua has a lot of knockouts on his record, and Fury knocked out [Deontay] Wilder, but I just think that Joshua has more power. He’s a solid puncher, and he’s not only a good puncher, [but] he is fast, and he’s got good combinations.”

Anthony Joshua lands devastating power shot on his opponent
Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev

Fury and Joshua have accumulated 21 and 22 knockout wins in their careers, respectively. Fury defeated then-champion Deontay Wilder (42-1-1) to claim the WBC heavyweight title in February 2020, whereas Joshua defended his straps against Kubrat Pulev in December 2020.

Wallin agreed that Fury’s longer layoff would benefit Joshua. However, he also claimed that Fury won’t suffer from extreme ring rust, as he has been boxing his entire life.

“It would be good for him [Tyson Fury] to have a couple of fights before that [fighting Anthony Joshua], but it probably won’t happen. But I think that Fury [is] a smart guy, he’s been in boxing his whole life, I think. Again, you know, he’s a fighting guy, and he knows what he’s good at, and who he is. So, I’m pretty sure it won’t affect him too much.”

The Swedish boxer gave Fury one of the nastiest cuts in boxing. If it wasn’t for Fury’s cutman, Wallin could have beaten “The Gypsy King” via a doctor’s stoppage.

Will Anthony Joshua’s Power and Size Matter Against Tyson Fury?

Yes, it will. But only if it’s used in the right way.

In an interview with Sky Sports, popular British boxing trainer Don Charles revealed how to beat Tyson Fury (30-0-1). Charles suggested that Anthony Joshua (24-1) should close the distance, target the body, and avoid aiming for Fury’s head.

“Calculated aggression,” Don Charles said. “Try to negate your way into range to be able to land crisp, fast combinations. I would leave the head alone, don’t go anywhere near the head, it’s hard to hit Tyson Fury to the head. I would target the body, and AJ is more than capable of doing that. He’s got to make it a really physical fight. He can’t win against Fury in a boxing match.”

Tyson Fury stuns Deontay Wilder with his power and change in approach in the rematch
Tyson Fury stuns Deontay Wilder in the rematch

Dave Allen, who sparred almost everybody in the heavyweight division, also had a say in this. He advised Joshua to take out Fury early in the fight.

“You’ve got to aim for Tyson’s chest,” Dave Allen told Sky Sports. “You don’t aim for Tyson’s head with a jab, you’re not going to hit him. Once you hit his chest with that solid jab, your right or left hook follows it. If Joshua hits him, it’s game over. I do think Tyson Fury wins, but when you hit as hard as Anthony Joshua, you’re in with a chance.”

What are your thoughts on AJ vs. Fury? Let us know in the comments section below.

Professional Boxing and MMA writer at The Combat Magazine.