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Sweden's latest heavyweight contender Otto Wallin hopes to emulate a national hero

Sky Sports | Updated: 2018-08-22 14:30:12

Otto Wallin has emerged as Sweden's latest heavyweight hope, so we asked him about title aims, sparring Anthony Joshua, and following in the footsteps of a champion.

The unbeaten 27-year-old has gradually risen the rankings with 20 wins, including a unanimous decision verdict over compatriot Adrian Granat in April, and expects to continue his progression with a European title fight.

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Not since 1960 has Sweden hailed a world heavyweight king, with Ingemar Johansson becoming their sole champion for a brief spell after his win over Floyd Patterson, and Wallin hopes to emulate the national hero.

How would you describe your last victory?

I think my performance was alright. I started off good and I won the first eight rounds, and then I got a little defensive, but it was okay.

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It was a big fight for me, so I'm happy I got the win, but there is always room for improvement. It was my first 12-rounder.

When will you return to the ring this year?

We're working on a mandatory for the European title. We're trying to get that fight against (Agit) Kabayel, so hopefully we get that, but he's allowed to have a voluntary first. We'll see what happens.

I would like [the fight] before the end of the year, but let's see what he decides to do. I think they are looking at their options, but if I could choose, I would fight him at the end of the year.

Any interest in Robert Helenius after he called you out?

Yes, that would be interesting, if it would be for something. I've already got the EU title, and I don't know if he has any title now, but if he was to be the European champion for example, then I would fight him.

Right now, I'm more looking at Kabayel and the European title.

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