Whyte forced out of Wallin fight with shoulder injury

Dillian Whyte has withdrawn from his fight at the end of the month.

The WBC interim heavyweight champion had been set to risk his mandatory shot at the world champion Tyson Fury on October 30.

Whyte, from Brixton, London, was scheduled to meet former Fury foe Otto Wallin, from Sweden, at the O2 Arena in the capital, exclusively live on DAZN.

But it has been revealed that ‘The Body Snatcher’ had suffered a shoulder injury in training camp in Portugal, forcing him out of the fight.

“I am devastated as I had a great camp, was in great shape and had great sparring,” said Whyte, who is currently the front runner to be next in the opposite corner to Fury.

Fury recently knocked out Deontay Wilder in their trilogy clash in Las Vegas and was then ordered to face Whyte next.

“I was looking forward to knocking Wallin out and would have done so in the first half of the fight,” added the 33-year-old.

Chantelle Cameron will now headline with a WBC, IBF and Ring Magazine super-lightweight unification clash with American Mary McGee as Matchroom will go ahead with the show.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said that the news of the injury was a shame.

“Dillian carried this injury for the last couple of weeks but it worsened in sparring on Monday night and it was impossible for him to continue,” said Hearn. “It’s a huge shame because Dillian had a great camp before the injury and was ready to go.”

The next move of Whyte remains to be seen, but the former British heavyweight champion’s charge Alen Babic is part of the supporting cast to the card that would have featured his mentor, with the Croatian taking on former Anthony Joshua opponent Eric Molina.

Undefeated heavyweight pair Johnny Fisher and Thomas Carty –– who had previously been a sparring partner of Whyte but is now managed by him –– will see action on the card, with Ellie Scotney, Jordan Thompson and John Hedges completing the bill which also features undefeated super-featherweight Youssef Khoumari in a clash against Jorge David Castaneda for the vacant WBC International Silver belt and a return over 10 rounds for former WBA Super light-heavyweight world title challenger Craig Richards.

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