Dillian Whyte has confirmed to talkSPORT that he now intends to fight Tyson Fury after calling off his fight with Otto Wallin.
The “Body Snatcher” was scheduled to defend his “interim” WBC belt against the Swede on October 30, but announced this week that he had injured his shoulder.
After the initial news of the Wallin fight, the WBC decided that Tyson Fury should then defend against the “interim” champion, unless he is able to agree to an undisputed clash with Oleksandr Usyk in the 30’s. days.
As Usyk is forced to catch up with Anthony Joshua, it’s not on the table and Whyte now has to shoot Fury.
Some have therefore suggested that he was not really injured and that he had withdrawn from the Wallin fight only so as not to risk his position as “interim” champion.
This is something Whyte strongly denies and he has now hit back at these theories.
He joined talkSPORT Fight Night on Saturday and said, “I was training, I was ready, I was prepared, I spent a fortune on training camp.
“I saw Wallin complaining that he spent $ 20,000 or something, I was like, ‘Well, try spending six times as much.’
“People say I pulled out for some reason – if I did, why would I have four training partners here?
“I would have retired three weeks ago or whenever the [WBC] decision was.
“I have the guys here, my whole team is here.
“We suffered the injury, I wanted to fight.
“You have professionals on your team, people who use their brains. I use my balls and my muscles.
“These guys are the brain guys – the surgeons and the doctors – and they said to me, ‘If you fight you’re going to risk your career. “”
Wallin and his team ask Whyte to reschedule now to fight with them, although promoter Eddie Hearn insists he’s not contractually obligated to do so.
When asked if he would take the Fury fight instead if possible, Whyte replied, “Yeah, sure.
“Fury has the world title and that’s what I expected, that’s what I worked for.
“I don’t even know how many penalty fees I paid.
“I could have easily given up this path and taken another path years ago, but I waited and waited and waited.
“So what am I going to do?” Fight Otto Wallin or fight Tyson Fury, what are you going to do? It is common sense.
“Like I said, I’m not afraid of anyone. I wanted to fight.
“I think they’re going to mandate me against Tyson Fury, they’ve basically said that already.
“It’s already really mandatory, so we don’t have to wait …
“I want it to be in the UK, it’s a fight in the UK.
“Vegas is great, I would love to go to Vegas and fight, but it’s a British fight.
“It’s the biggest all-British heavyweight title fight since Lennox Lewis against Frank Bruno.”
Fury’s historic trilogy fight with Wilder was a brutal affair with the two men shot twice before the “Gypsy King” knockout triumph.
“I think this third fight took a toll on both men,” Whyte said.
“Tyson Fury doesn’t seem to be improving technically.
“He seems to be trying to be more of a puncher and trying to take guys down.
“But I think it’s because he’s naturally slowing down now.
“I think he naturally slows down now and it’s probably Kronk style or something.
“He took a lot more punishment than before. “