Dillian Whyte likely to face Tyson Fury next
Recently, heavyweight boxer Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte (28-2, 19 KO’s) was thrown an unfortunate setback. This unforeseen snafu took the shape of a shoulder injury. As a result, his upcoming October 30 bout with Otto Wallin (22-1, 14 KO’s) has now been derailed. The once largely unknown Wallin became a recognizable name following his September 14, 2019 dustup with “The Gypsy King” Tyson Fury. There was a huge contingent of fans that believed the fight should have been stopped as the result of a huge cut Fury suffered.
The common belief is that the bout was not halted in order to save the upcoming Fury versus Wilder bout which had not taken place yet. Regardless of those theories the fight did go the distance and Fury was crowned the winner. Despite the results however, Wallin had already made a deep impression on the boxing world. The now defunct Whyte versus Wallin showdown would have been a meaningful bout. The winner was to be recognized as the WBC heavyweight mandatory challenger.
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It is possible that Whyte and Wallin will reschedule, yet that would leave the Body Snatcher taking an unnecessary risk. At the current moment, Whyte is already the interim WBC heavyweight champion. This puts him on a direct collision course with WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury as Whyte is his mandatory challenger. One potential hurdle laid out for the Body Snatcher is the WBC’s recent ruling that Fury had thirty days to line up a fight with unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk. Usyk, the former undisputed cruiserweight champion, was able to out-box, outpoint and dethrone Anthony Joshua in his last bout.
Despite the ruling, Joshua has chosen to take advantage of his immediate rematch clause. So long as nothing transpires to invalidate the Usyk versus Joshua rematch, then Fury should be free and clear to dance with Whyte once he heals. If he was able to get his shot at the champ, there is no question that Whyte will be overjoyed. This is because the Body Snatcher has scratched, clawed and fought for his title shot for years. During the majority of that time, Deontay Wilder held the title, but now that he has lost to Fury twice, the Gypsy King is now the man of the hour.
By: Bakari Simpson