Dillian Whyte vs Otto Wallin ‘called off’ after Brit suffers shoulder injury

Dillian Whyte has reportedly been forced to pull out of his upcoming fight with Otto Wallin with a shoulder injury just weeks out from the contest.

The Brit was scheduled to face Wallin in a bout that would determine the mandatory challenger for Tyson Fury's world heavyweight title, but has reportedly suffered a shoulder injury that will see him removed from the October 30 event.

It is unknown as yet if the event at The O2 Arena will be called off entirely, or a new main event found, as the card was set to feature a host of big names, with over 11,000 tickets already sold, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

The Sun first reported the news of the fight being cancelled, but an official announcement has yet to be made by Whyte, or his team at Matchroom Boxing.

The event is set to feature a unified world super lightweight title fight between Chantelle Cameron and Mary McGee, as well as outings for fan favourites such as Ellie Scotney, Alen Babic and Johnny Fisher.

A cancellation would prove disastrous for Hearn and Matchroom Boxing, who have had a difficult few weeks with Anthony Joshua and Mikey Garcia both losing upset decisions.

At the start of last month, disaster struck at Headingley stadium in Leeds when Josh Warrington and Mauricio Lara ended in a technical draw due to a cut, meaning Warrington will likely have to have a trilogy bout with the Mexican.

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And just weeks later, Joshua dropped his world heavyweight titles to Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in September, having entered the bout as favourite over his mandatory challenger.

He was supposed to fight Tyson Fury in a bout that would have grossed hundreds of millions in Saudi Arabia, but the event was cancelled when Fury was ordered to fight Deontay Wilder in a trilogy.

Then just last Saturday, former multiple-weight world champion Mikey Garcia was stunned by relative unknown Sandor Martin in a bout that will cause Matchroom's US operation a lot of hassle.

Losing out on the fight will be a massive blow to both Wallin and Whyte, with the Swede hoping to force a rematch with Fury after their 2019 bout where he almost managed to upset the odds.

The Brit was cut by Wallin early in the bout and as the injury worsened, doctors considered stopping the fight, which would have seen Wallin declared lineal champion, and likely stopped the Wilder rematch from happening in February 2020.

But Fury persevered, and ultimately won what was a relatively lopsided decision after his cutmen managed to stop the bleeding as much as possible.

Whyte, on the other hand, has been mandatory for the WBC belt for years, barring a brief slip-up last summer against Alexander Povetkin, which he rectified in Gibraltar earlier this year.

Fury has been ordered by the WBC to face the winner of this fight, given that he can't organise a bout with Oleksandr Usyk due to his contracted rematch with Anthony Joshua.

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