Wallin’s promoter Dmitry Salita is demanding medical proof of Whyte’s injury from Eddie Hearn that has postponed the fight, and is keen to get the fight rescheduled with help from the WBC
Otto Wallin has requested medical proof of injury from Dillian Whyte after the Briton was forced to withdraw from their bout..
The ‘Body Snatcher’ was set to face his latest test against the rugged Swede in London next weekend.
And with victory Whyte would have secured a shot at WBC champion Tyson Fury after being declared mandatory challenger.
But he has been forced to withdraw with a shoulder injury cancelling the bout just ten days out.
Wallin’s promoter Dmitry Salita has now requested medical evidence of injury from Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn according to ESPN.
Salita has also revealed his “suspicion” behind the injury and is now plotting a rescheduled date.
“We believe the WBC will make the right decision instead of giving Dillian Whyte a straight ahead journey to Tyson Fury,” Salita said.
“Dillian Whyte should not be rewarded with a fight with Tyson Fury based on having an injury, legitimate or not.
“What makes [the injury] a bit suspicious is that there’s been rumours for weeks about Dillian Whyte pulling out of the fight, and he even said ‘I could pull out of the fight and fight Tyson Fury next, but I’m not going to because I’m a man.’
“I had 38 professional fights, this week is just to stay sharp, shadow box, hit the bags a little bit, and be ready for fight week. So that he gets injured in such a way doesn’t seem to be in line with traditional boxing practices. Even if he is legitimately injured – it’s a possibility – the fight should be rescheduled at a later date.”
Whyte has been waiting for a shot at the WBC world title since victory over Robert Helenius earned him the silver belt in 2017.
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But he nearly jeopardised his bid with a stunning stoppage defeat to Alexander Povetkin which he later avenged in style.
Whyte said of his injury: “I am devastated as I had a great camp, was in great shape, and had great sparring. I was looking forward to knocking Wallin out and would have done so in the first half of the fight.
“I am devastated about not being able to fight on October 30 but I want to thank everyone for all of their support.”
Whyte’s doctor, Dr Harjinder Singh, has also explained the extent of the heavyweight’s injury.
“Dillian sustained a shoulder injury during training in preparation for his planned fight on October 30 2021, which I have assessed and confirmed with diagnostic imaging,” he said.
“I have treated the injury, but the injury will unfortunately prevent him from fighting on October 30 2021. With immediate rest, physiotherapy and rehabilitation there should be no enduring concerns.”
The WBC will rule shortly as to whether Whyte can progress to a shot at Fury.