Dillian Whyte has a chance to finally fight for the title
The newly-crowned unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk sent the boxing world into a frenzy by dethroning Anthony Joshua. It opened up the championship opportunity that WBC Interim titlist Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte (28-2, 19ko) has been waiting on. However, Whyte is focused on being victorious over Otto Wallin (22-1, 14ko) and still does not expect to get his title shot.
The WBC interim champion caught the boxing community off guard with the announcement of Wallin being his next opponent. This news was the best-kept secret in boxing as Eddie Hearn was leaning heavily towards three-time title contender Chris Arreola.
Wallin believes this is the right time to defeat the Whyte because he has been in too many wars. Moreover, he wants a shot at the title, if victorious.
“It is for the WBC Interim title, so I feel like I should be mandatory after that.”
During an interview on Usyk’s upset victory over Joshua, The Body Snatcher would express that his opponent poses no danger to him by referencing how Wallin did not do enough when he cut Fury’s eye.
“I don’t fear anything he does. The reason why is because if Wallin was a real danger, he would have beat Tyson Fury. With a cut like that, you know, and I know if you have real ambition, you would scratch at it, you would bite at it, you would do anything you can to get the fight done.”
“He said, to me, I am old because I had hard fights. This is the difference; I’ve got experienced fights.”
A CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT SHOULD BE NEXT
Whyte expressed wanting to fight for a championship, provided a victory against Wallin on October 30. In fairness, he is right that the landscape has changed, and if Fury retains the title, there is no reason why he should not fight for the title next.
Usyk’s victory has derailed the undisputed fight for the moment. Joshua has expressed wanting to exercise the rematch clause. Considering how bad his eye looked, the rematch probably will not take place until the middle of 2022.
On October 9, WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will settle things in their trilogy bout. Should Fury manage to walk away with the title, then the only logical option should be Whyte.
However, the WBC organization has put Whyte on hold so many times before. He has no expectation of the WBC doing the right thing and finally ordering him to fight for the championship, and rightfully so.
“The winner of that fight should fight me…I don’t expect anything in boxing anymore.”
By: Garrisson Bland