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Anthony Joshua vs. Otto Wallin: Picks and predictions for heavyweight fight

We make some picks and predictions for Saturday’s heavyweight bout between Anthony Joshua and Otto Wallin.

Day of Reckoning: Weigh-In Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images

DAZN’s “Day of Reckoning” is an action packed eight-fight card headlined by former two-time unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua taking on Otto Wallin in the main event. The bout takes place at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with coverage starting at 11 a.m. ET.

Joshua (26-3, 23 KOs) stands at 6’6” with an 82” reach, at one point he was the face of the heavyweight division before losing back-to-back fights to Oleksandr Usyk. Despite that setback, Joshua has won his last two bouts. “AJ” enters this fight following a 7th-round knockout of Robert Helenius in August. He can’t afford to look ahead as rumblings of a two-fight deal with former WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder are on his horizon.

Wallin (26-1, 14 KOs) fights out of Sweden and is the current WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight champion. Standing at 6’5” with an 78” reach, “All In” handed Murat Gassiev his first loss in September extending his win streak to six. Wallin’s lone loss came against Tyson Fury back in September 2019.

Fight Odds

Joshua is a -380 betting favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. Wallin is the underdog at +285 odds. The favored method of victory is Joshua by decision (+125) and knockout (+155).

Anthony Joshua-Otto Wallin heavyweight bout prediction

Wallin will not be an easy out and has a chin of steel. He also fights southpaw which gave Joshua issues in both Usyk bouts. Wallin landed plenty on Tyson Fury and won many early rounds of that bout, before Fury increased his offense down the stretch. Expect him to not be afraid of Joshua and let his hands go.

Joshua enters this bout with yet another trainer, Ben Davison, who ironically was in Fury’s corner when he defeated Wallin. Trainer’s aside, this fight will come down to which version of Joshua shows up. In each media event throughout this week, there seems to be a level of focus from AJ. He’s not smiling and instead looks very ready for the younger southpaw.

With that being said, I like Joshua to draw inspiration from the Wilder-Parker bout and come out aggressive. It won’t be pretty, but a hungry Joshua is the best version and he even knows a loss here would scale his career downward. Give me AJ by a tough, contested split decision.

Prediction: Joshua by Split Decision