Boxing News: Dillian Whyte has been “devastated” by the cancellation of his bout against Otto Wallin, who suffered a shoulder injury.
The Brixton native has been forced to withdraw from his WBC interim championship defence against Wallin, which was set to take place on Saturday, October 30.
Whyte is presently the front-runner to face WBC champion Tyson Fury, who was ordered earlier this month to make a mandatory defence against the WBC interim champion.
“I’m sad because I had a wonderful camp, I was in great shape, and I had great sparring,” Whyte added.
“I was hoping to knock Wallin out in the early half of the battle and would have done so.”
“I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to fight on October 30th, but I want to thank everyone for their support.”
Wallin’s promoter had previously requested that the bout be rescheduled because of reports of Whyte’s injury received during the event’s preparation.
“It’s quite frustrating,” Dmitriy Salita, Wallin’s promoter, told Sky Sports.
“If it is an injury, he should recover and the event should be rescheduled. That would be the proper course of action.
“It would not be fair to the sport of boxing for Dillian Whyte to suffer an injury, whatever it may be, and then be required to fight Fury.
“Otto is all set to travel to the United Kingdom today. He had a full training camp, and this fight ensures a lot of attention. It was also the perfect eliminator for the fight with Fury.
“The battle must be rescheduled for a later date, and the winner should face Tyson Fury. Anything less would be disrespectful to the sport of boxing and to Otto Wallin.
“We will undoubtedly urge the WBC to make a decision.
“That is what should be decided – the winner of Whyte vs. Wallin will face Tyson Fury.
“I believe the WBC will make a significant decision that will put things right.”
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