Dillian Whyte Wants To Fight Tyson Fury Instead, Eddie Hearn Thinks It’ll Be Made Official In November
Dillian Whyte has his eyes set on his next opponent, and according to him, it might not be Otto Wallin.
Whyte told BBC that he doesn’t plan on putting off a matchup against Tyson Fury, if the opportunity presented itself. At the very least, the British boxer said he does plan on fighting Fury early next year.
Dillian Whyte gives a press conference to discuss the Otto Wallin pull-out and Tyson Fury fight…
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) October 28, 2021
“That’ll be the plan,” Whyte said. “It’s Wallin or Fury next. Of course Wallin is going to be upset. He’s spent money he thought he was going to earn. Many times I’ve had fights fall through, you can’t be upset.
“… But in that time, if a potential better opportunity comes up, I’ve been waiting to fight for the world title. I’m not going to put it off to fight Otto Wallin.”
Whyte was supposed to defend his WBC interim heavyweight title against Wallin on Saturday, October 30, but last week news broke that Whyte pulled out due to a shoulder injury.
Fans immediately expressed suspicions and requested proof of Whyte’s injury. The boxer responded with “people know I don’t pull out of fights.”
“This ain’t right for me to complain about. We went and did an MRI [scan] the next day and it showed my shoulder was way worse than I thought it was. I wanted to fight,” he explained.
But now the boxer admitted he’s taking the rest of the year to recover from the injury and instead hopes to fight Fury next spring. This would be around the same time Anthony Joshua holds his rematch against WBA (super), WBO and IBF champion Oleksandr Usyk.
The council previously ordered:
“The WBC Board of Governors has reviewed the recent history in the Heavyweight Division.
“Considering the long inactivity in the division due to the pandemic, ongoing legal processes, and covid 19 infections, the WBC has ruled that the winner of this fight will have 30 days to secure a contract to unify the Heavyweight Division against WBO-IBF-WBA champion Oleksandr Usyk in search of an undisputed champion in the division.
“If no unification bout is secured within that time, the winner of Fury v. Wilder 3 must then fight next against the then reigning WBC Interim Heavyweight Champion.”
Wallin’s promoter Dmitriy Salita is pushing to have the fight rescheduled. Fury’s promoter Eddie Hearn, meanwhile, said he expects the WBC to order Fury vs. Whyte at their convention, which is November 14 to 19.
Eddie Hearn has said he expects Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte to be officially ordered by the WBC at their convention Nov 14th-19th. WBC previously set Fury 30 days to try and agree an undisputed fight, but Oleksandr Usyk has to rematch Anthony Joshua. [@MatchroomBoxing]
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) October 27, 2021