In a not-so-surprising move, ESPN reports that Dillian Whyte is seeking to bypass rescheduling a fight against Otto Wallin after he pulled out with a shoulder injury, and instead wants to go straight towards a WBC world title fight against reigning champion Tyson Fury.
Of course that’s not exactly what Team Wallin have in mind, and they’re pushing the WBC to force Whyte into rescheduling their fight, with the winner set to get a mandatory world title shot. In fact, Dmitriy Salita — who promotes Wallin — is suspicious of Whyte’s injury in general, wanting an independent doctor to evaluate the legitimacy of Whyte’s shoulder injury.
“Otto Wallin vs. Whyte should be rescheduled,” he said. “Whyte should not be allowed to forego the fight with Otto and fight Fury next as a mandatory challenger.”
As of this moment it’s unclear how the WBC will rule on the matter, but either way someone will be unhappy with the decision. Whyte last fought in March, avenging his stoppage loss to Alexander Povetkin by returning the favor. Wallin most recently took a unanimous decision over Dominic Breazeale this past February.