By Mark Elezaj
Dillian Whyte vs Otto Wallin is officially off.
TheFightingVoice.com has been informed that the WBC interim champion Whyte has been forced to pull out of his heavyweight fight with Otto Wallin next weekend due to a shoulder injury sustained in training.
The winner of the Whyte vs Wallin showdown would have become the mandatory challenger for unbeaten WBC champion Tyson Fury.
Whyte’s withdrawal now leaves no obvious next opponent for Fury.
The WBC has already ruled that the winner of Fury and Wilder’s fight would have 30 days to agree a fight against IBF, WBA and WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk, or would be ordered to face the reigning interim champion, but Anthony Joshua has already triggered his rematch clause to fight Usyk again in early 2022.
Whyte, who had been hoping to finally solidify himself with a long-awaited title opportunity previously told Sky Sports: “Hopefully now the WBC forces my position and Fury has no choice.
“I am looking to fight Fury next if everything goes according to plan.”
Whyte, even with his withdrawal from the Wallin fight, still remains the interim champion.
“It’s very disappointing,” Wallin’s promoter Dmitriy Salita told Sky Sports.
“If it is an injury, then he should heal, and they should reschedule this event. That would be the fair thing to do.
“It would not be fair to the sport of boxing for Dillian Whyte to have an injury, whatever it is, and as a result of that, to be able to be mandated to fight Fury.
“Otto is ready to go to the UK today. He had a complete training camp and this fight guarantees a lot of attention and it was truly the right eliminator for the fight with Fury.
“The fight has to be rescheduled for a later date and the winner of that fight should fight Tyson Fury. Anything else would be unfair to the sport of boxing, and unfair to Otto Wallin.
“We’re definitely going to petition the WBC to make a decision.
“That’s what should be decided – the winner of Whyte-Wallin fights Tyson Fury.
“The WBC will pass what I feel is an important decision, which should set things right.”
~ The Fighting Voice ~