Tyson Fury has his plan in place. Now it's all about execution.
Top Rank officially announced Tuesday that "The Gypsy King" is set to face Otto Wallin in Las Vegas on Sept. 14, but Fury is already assuming victory and formulating his schedule beyond Wallin.
"After I beat Wallin, looking into the future, me crystal ball, I'm gonna fight again in December," Fury told BT Sport. "I want to fight back in England, though, in December ... I'm not really too bothered where it is, as long it's in the UK, and as long as I can get out in December, I'll be happy."
Fury is then expected to meet Deontay Wilder for a highly anticipated rematch at some point in 2020 following Fury's December bout and Wilder's November fight against Luis Ortiz. Fury and Wilder battled to a thrilling draw on Dec. 1, and boxing fans have been waiting for the heavyweights to meet again in the ring ever since.
Fury might be looking ahead to a rematch with Wilder, and even a UK homecoming in December, but he first must get past Wallin. The 28-year-old out of Sweden is 20-0 with 13 knockouts, and he knows this is his chance to shine on a huge stage and score a major upset.
"This is the type of fight I've been waiting for since I was a kid and my father started showing me some boxing moves in our kitchen," Wallin said (via ESPN). "I've made a lot of sacrifices to get to this point and I'm very happy it's starting to pay off. I want to thank my team and my supporters for making this happen.
"I know I'm an underdog in this fight, but I'm ready for this opportunity and I'm going to grab it with both hands. Anybody can get beat and especially in the heavyweight division. I like the fact that I have everything to gain and Tyson has everything to lose."