Anthony Joshua unveils plan to ‘expose cracks in Otto Wallin’s armoury’ as he admits defeat risks costing him his career


ANTHONY JOSHUA has unveiled how he has planned to “expose cracks in Otto Wallin’s armoury” in his upcoming fight on Saturday.

The Brit is making his final preps ahead of the showdown in Saudia Arabia against the Swede as a defeat could cost the fighter his career.


Anthony Joshua is ready to ‘expose cracks in Otto Wallin’s armoury’Credit: Getty
Joshua will fight Wallin on Saturday night in Saudi Arabia


Joshua will fight Wallin on Saturday night in Saudi ArabiaCredit: Getty

AJ, 34, is looking for a third win in a row after consecutive losses to Oleksandr Usyk, as he attempts to put himself into a position for more potential blockbuster fights in 2024.

Wallin has won all six of his fights since, but only one has come via knockout.

Going into the fight AJ is the favourite which could see him redeem his IBF title – currently held by Usyk.

And Joshua is desperate to show the Swede his A-game who he thinks does not look anywhere near the threat he did against Fury in Las Vegas in 2019.

He said: “Sure, I’m the favourite, that’s been the case for pretty much every fight of my professional career but that doesn’t mean I’m overlooking my opponent, Otto Wallin. 

“That said, he’s not in the calibre of fighter that I am.

“And there’s been a lot of talk. The more I hear it from him, the better I feel.

“He thinks he’s getting in my head, instead all he’s showing us is the cracks he’s got in his armoury, which I intend to expose.”


With a win over Wallin, potential mega-fights against Fury or Deontay Wilder are on the cards.

Wallin has had one loss in his professional career which was against Tyson Fury who he left covered in blood and needing 47 stitches above his eye during their close encounter four years ago.

But a loss on Saturday is not an option for the Brit who must secure a win if he wants to fight for a world title again.

AJ continued: “I can’t afford to lose on Saturday night. Defeat and there’s no talk of the next fight, of Deontay Wilder and becoming a three-time champion.

“That’s the stark reality of what I’m up against.

“Am I worried? Am I tense? No, not one bit. I arrived in Saudi Arabia feeling totally calm and relaxed, and that sensation hasn’t changed since coming here.

“A defeat would knock everything off-kilter – that’s always been the case – but I’m not even allowing myself to entertain the idea.”

The fight will be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with ring-walks for the main event will likely get going from 11pm GMT.

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