Dillian Whyte is now expecting to bypass Otto Wallin and move straight on to a title shot against Tyson Fury in his next bout.
The Brit was supposed to face Wallin at the O2 Arena in London next weekend, but was forced out of the fight with a shoulder injury.
And despite protests from Wallin's promoter, it now appears that he will bypass the bout and move on to fight Fury for the world heavyweight title early next year.
Fury's promoter Bob Arum has indicated that the bout will likely take place in the UK in March, but didn't seem to be certain that Whyte will be the man standing across from the 'Gypsy King'.
However, Whyte told TalkSPORT that he believes he will be Fury's next opponent, and admitted that he would "of course" skip fighting Wallin to get his shot at the belt.
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“Fury’s got the world title and that’s what I’ve been waiting for," Whyte said. "That’s what I’ve worked for.
“I don’t even know how much sanctioning fees I’ve paid.
“I could’ve easily abandoned this route and gone down another route years ago, but I’ve waited and I’ve waited and I’ve waited.
“So what am I going to do? Fight Otto Wallin or fight Tyson Fury, what are you gonna do? It’s common sense.
“Like I said, I’m not scared of no-one. I wanted to fight.
And Whyte believes that he will be mandated to fight Fury next by the World Boxing Council, having held a mandatory position for years, and having won the interim title this year.
He was top contender for years before Povetkin knocked him out last year, but he reclaimed the interim title with a vicious stoppage of the Russian in Gibraltar back in March.
“I think they’re going to mandate me vs Tyson Fury," Whyte said. "They’ve basically said it already.
“It’s already been mandated really, so we don’t need to wait - I want it to be in the UK man, that’s a UK fight.
“Vegas is great, I’d love to go to Vegas and fight, but that’s a British fight.
“That’s the biggest all-British heavyweight title fight since Lennox Lewis vs Frank Bruno.”
Arum has said that Whyte is one of two potential opponents for Fury's next defence, with Joe Joyce also on the shortlist after beating Carlos Takkam this summer.
Joyce is signed with Queensberry Promotions and Frank Warren, which would make a deal with Fury easier to come to terms on than Whyte, who's promoters Eddie Hearn and Matchroom are Arum and Warren's rivals.
“The question is, when will he [Fury] fight next?" Arum said in an interview with Blue Blood Sports TV. "If I had to guess, I would say probably March.
“Dillian Whyte is not the mandatory, and that’s what the WBC hasn’t done - Dillian Whyte has an obligation to fight Wallin, and we’ll see.
“But again, in March, I’d like Tyson Fury to fight in the UK, and I would think among the opponents would be Dillian Whyte or maybe this big English guy, Joe Joyce."Read More Read More