John Fury takes credit for Dillian Whyte’s withdrawal from Otto Wallin bout

Whyte has long been eyeing a clash with heavyweight champion Tyson Fury

Alex Pattle
Friday 12 November 2021 15:57
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John Fury has claimed that it was his advice that led Dillian Whyte to withdraw from his scheduled fight with Otto Wallin.

Whyte was set to fight Wallin in London on 30 October but pulled out of the heavyweight bout 10 days before it was due to take place, citing a shoulder injury.

The Briton’s withdrawal came just one day after Tyson Fury finished Deontay Wilder in the rivals’ trilogy bout to retain the WBC heavyweight title.

Whyte has long called for a clash with the undefeated Fury, whose father told BT Sport this week: “Dillian Whyte has pulled out from Otto Wallin. You know why? He listened to what I said.

“He’s thought: ‘Hang on a minute, John knows his stuff, I’m not fighting Wallin. I’m going to get turned over probably, I won’t get my title shot then.’

“It takes them to listen to my videos, and then he hears me talking about Wallin, because Wallin is a danger to anybody.

“He thought: ‘I’m not having that smoke, I’ll wait, I’ll wait.’ Let’s just see what he’s waiting for.”

Tyson Fury is weighing up his options as he plots his next move, with a unification bout against fellow heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk unlikely in the near future.

Usyk dethroned Anthony Joshua with a decision victory in London in September, and the undefeated Ukrainian is set to rematch ‘AJ’ next spring.

Fury, 33, is said to be open to a fight against Whyte, also 33, in the meantime.

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