Dillian Whyte knocked out Alexander Povetkin in their rematch in March
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Tyson Fury might be on course for an all-British heavyweight title fight…but not the one we were all expecting earlier this year. The mega-fight against Anthony Joshua fell through, but Fury is now due to face Dillian Whyte next for his WBC belt after defeating Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas.
When is Dillian Whyte vs Otto Wallin?
Dillian Whyte is due to face Otto Wallin on Saturday, October 30.
Where is it?
The bout takes place at the O2 Arena in London.
What are their records?
- Total fights 30
- Wins 28
- Wins by KO 19
- Losses 2
- Draws 0
- Total fights 23
- Wins 22
- Wins by KO 14
- Losses 1
- Draws 0
What are the latest odds?
- Whyte win – 2/5
- Wallin win – 7/4
- Draw – 25/1
When could Whyte fight for the WBC title?
Assuming he beats Wallin, then Whyte is set to fight Fury for the WBC heavyweight title. He has been the highest ranked contender for the belt since 2017 – and the title fight would, presumably, be pencilled in for the first half of 2022.
The WBC said Whyte must, finally, get his title shot unless the Fury secures a unification bout with Oleksandr Usyk. That is no longer possible as Usyk is due to fight Anthony Joshua in a rematch next year.
The ruling by the WBC this week said: "The WBC Board of Governors has reviewed the recent history in the Heavyweight Division.
"Considering the long inactivity in the division due to the pandemic, ongoing legal processes, and Covid-19 infections, the WBC has ruled that the winner of this fight will have 30 days to secure a contract to unify the Heavyweight Division against WBO-IBF-WBA champion Oleksandr Usyk in search of an undisputed champion in the division.
"If no unification bout is secured within that time, the winner of Fury v Wilder 3 must then fight next against the then reigning WBC Interim Heavyweight Champion."
Why isn’t Tyson Fury fighting Anthony Joshua?
After his defeat to Usyk, Joshua hinted he would trigger a rematch clash in his contract and his promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed it had been activated.
Hearn said on DAZN on Saturday night: "He’s got his head back in the game, he’s training now and today we officially triggered the rematch for the Oleksandr Usyk fight which we’ll see early next spring.
"Back in the game and looking for him to become a three-time heavyweight world champion.
"That’s officially triggered now and we’ll sit down with K2 [Usyk’s promoters] to plan the dates for that. I think realistically March is when you’re likely to see the rematch."