Gamache: "Wallin Is One Of The Best I’ve Ever Trained"
Coach Joey Gamache says Otto Wallin (17-0, 11 KO) is “one of
the best boxers he has ever trained” and insists he is ready
to capture his first title when he takes on Italian Champion
Gianluca Mandras at the Sporthallen in Sundsvall on April
In the first professional boxing event to ever take place in
Sundsvall, hometown hero, Wallin, is looking to claim the
WBA Continental Heavyweight title; and Gamache believes the
26 year-old has the necessary tools to secure victory.
“Otto is so ready for this fight,’’ said Gamache. ‘’He’s an
absolute animal in the gym. His work ethic is incredible and
he’s been training so hard. He’s so multi-talented. He’s got
a great jab, he’s a great body puncher, and he’s a great
student of the game.’’
Gamache, a former two-time World Champion, goes on to
compare Wallin to two of boxing’s all-time greats, Willie
Pep, who boasts a record of 229 career wins, and fellow
southpaw Pernell Whitaker, a former four-weight World
“Otto’s skills remind me of some of great fighters like
Willie Pep and Pernell Whitaker. He’s got absolutely
everything, all the tools you could ask for,’’ he says.
“Without doubt, he is one of the best I have ever trained.”
When asked for his thoughts on Wallin’s opponent, Gamache
says he expects Mandras to provide a tough test for the
Swedish heavyweight, and that they have prepared for an
aggressive approach from the Italian boxer.
“There’s not much film on this guy, I’ve only seen three of
his fights, but I do know that he’s hungry and he comes to
fight,’’ he said.
“I’ve also heard he’s coming over here to look for the KO,
and that’s great news for us. It means Otto is facing a good
test against a hungry opponent, which is just what he needs.
It will also create opportunities and openings for Otto.
This will play right into our hands and will bring the best
out of Otto.
“With that said, Otto will need to stay calm, relaxed, stick
to the game plan and stick to his boxing. He can’t go out
there looking for the KO just to try and impress his
hometown fans. The KO is more likely to come if he sticks to
the plan and takes the opportunities when they come.”
Otto Wallin headlines his hometown arena with a WBA
Continental title fight against Italian Champion Gianluca
Mandras, while Swedish stars Mikaela Laurén, Oscar Ahlin,
Hampus Henriksson, Kennedy Katende, Rocco Wadell and
Patricia Berghult fight on the undercard, alongside
Icelandic heavyweight Gunnar Kolbeinn Kristinsson.