Otto Wallin is planning on using American veteran BJ Flores as stepping stone towards a mega-fight against Tyson Fury.
The Swede, who is ranked at five by the IBF and 11 by the WBA for belts owned by Andy Ruiz, is hoping Flores will become another name on his record when they meet on Friday in Tacoma, Washington, live on BoxNation.
“I’m working my way up there and I’m ranked highly in the WBA and IBF. So I can possibly be looking at a title shot at any time,” he said.
“I believe Fury is the best Heavyweight out there at the moment. My dream going forward is not only about becoming World Champion, but to mix it up with the best like Fury and the rest.”
Wallin, 28, is undefeated in 20 professional fights, but will be hoping his clash against two-time World Title challenger Flores is better than the nightmare he suffered in his American debut in April.
His fight against Nick Kisner was ruled a no-contest after the first round following an accidental clash of heads. Wallin was cut on his scalp, but his rival’s right eye was a bloody mess forcing the end of the bout.
Wallin added: “I think BJ Flores will be a good test for me. He’s been in there with a lot of top guys so he brings a lot of experience to the table.
“Saying that – I think that’ll only take him so far against me. I’m just working on being the best version of myself. I’ve got a good toolbox with a lot of different tools that I can use with BJ Flores. I’m looking to use that, my size and my youth.
“He’s going to know that he’s in with a young hungry guy. I see me breaking him down and stopping him. Like I said he’s going to know that he’s in there with a young and hungry guy.
“I’m just trying to get more and more ready for it with every day that passes.”
Wallin believes fighting in the United States will get his name across to fight fans easily and earlier this year linked up with ex-fighter turned promoter Dmitry Salita who can provide those bouts.
He says: “I’ve been here for two years now and the best thing about it is all the sparring I’ve been getting in New York. It’s always been hard to get good sparring back home so this is awesome.
“Other than that, I really like New York with all the different people, cultures and all the opportunities that are here.”
QUOTES COURTESY OF PHIL JAY OF www.worldboxingnews.net