Dillian Whyte fighting Otto Wallin came out of nowhere!
Recent news of WBC Interim heavyweight titlist Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte ((28-2, 19ko) heading into a showdown with Otto Wallin (22-1, 14ko) took everyone by surprise. However, Whyte could be using Wallin as a pawn towards a championship fight.
The WBC Interim champion will be returning to the ring after avenging a devastating knockout loss to former title contender Alexander Povetkin on March 27. Whyte has been keeping busy while waiting on the one thing that has been slipping through his fingertips; a shot at a world championship.
SEARCHING FOR AN OPPONENT
According to ESPN, the Body Snatcher will be fighting Wallin at the O2 Arena on October 30. This is a complete shock considering there was no mention of the 30-year-old from Sweden.
Early reporting from DAZN promoter Eddie Hearn had many inside the boxing community believing that three-time WBC world title challenger Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola was the frontrunner.
“Chris Arreola is probably the frontrunner….Fights like Arreola that will be picked up on a significant level in America are gonna keep pushing his profile and pushing the fact that he deserves shot at the world title.”
Then there was prospect Jermaine “989 Assassin” Franklin claiming he was waiting on Whyte to sign his side of the paperwork.
“The ink is dry. I signed my agreement. Where are you, Betty Whyte? It’s time to make this happen. If I’m a bum, then sign your paperwork if you can spell your name.”
IS WALLIN BEING USED AS A PAWN
The goal for Whyte has to be getting a world title shot, and Wallin could be the missing piece. What makes this fight interesting is Wallin’s only blemish on his resume is a defeat to WBC champion Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury. In 2019, the Swedish fighter almost ruined the rematch between then WBC champion Deontay Wilder and the Gypsy King.
Wallin kicked up some drama in the third round by landing a left hand that opened up a bad cut over the right eye. With the doctor on the verge of stopping the fight, Fury stopped playing around and was unloading hard rights and left-hand shots. Fury even connected on a few body shots for good measure en route to a unanimous decision.
Whyte could be looking to use Wallin to lure Fury into a fight for the championship, provided success in retaining the title in the Wilder trilogy fight. If he knocks out the Swedish fighter, something Fury was unable to do, fans can expect the WBC Interim titlist to be calling for his shot next.
Fury is on record as saying that he would fight Whyte in December. However, The Body Snatcher could add more pressure to making sure the fight happens with a statement-making victory over Otto Wallin.
By: Garrisson Bland