The very anticipated fight Dillian Whyte-Otto Wallin is off for October 30.
Whyte has suffered a shoulder injury while training that has forced him to withdraw from what would’ve been an intriguing heavyweight showdown a week from Saturday night, reports The Sun.
DAZN was scheduled to stream the Whyte-Wallin fight as the main event of a card from O2 Arena in London.
Whyte would’ve defended his WBC interim title against the Swedish southpaw for the right to remain the mandatory challenger for unbeaten WBC champion Tyson Fury.
Wallin was scheduled to fly from New York to London on Wednesday to start getting acclimated to the time difference a week-and-a-half in advance of the Whyte fight.
It is not clear if Whyte’s difficult fight with Wallin will be rescheduled or if Whyte will attempt to move straight toward a more lucrative showdown with Fury, who knocked out former WBC champ Deontay Wilder in the 11th round of their third fight October 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Fighting Wallin was considered a risky proposition for Whyte, however, which could lead the Jamaican-born, London-based contender to instead seek the WBC title shot that has long eluded him.
Whyte was listed as slightly more than a 2-1 favorite to beat Wallin, according to the Caesars Sportsbook.
Wallin (22-1, 14 KOs, 1 NC) was still considered a dangerous opponent for Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs), particularly with a higher-profile opportunity to challenge Fury potentially next for him.