Eddie Hearn has stated that Dillian Whyte is 'more likely' to face Tyson Fury in his next bout rather than a rearrangement of the clash against Otto Wallin.

The Brit pulled out of this weekend's fight against Wallin with a shoulder injury and is now keen to be mandated to fight Fury for the WBC heavyweight title.

While Wallin is keen for a rematch, Whyte has waited over 600 days for his shot as mandatory challenger and the time-frame to secure a bout is very tight.

Anthony Joshua's rematch with Oleksandr Usyk is expected to take place in April, with the winner then potentially facing off against Fury in a unification bout.

Therefore, a Whyte vs Fury fight needs to happen early in 2022 and Hearn is confident that bout will be announced.

"I know there's been a lot of speculation regarding Whyte and his injury, but for us it's a lot more simple than that. When the WBC confirmed he would be the mandatory challenger to the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder winner around a month ago, we spoke internally as a team and remained fully committed to proceeding with the Otto Wallin fight," he told the BBC.

"I've spoken to Wallin's team at length, Whyte's options are now to look at rescheduling the Wallin fight or, of course, much more likely go straight into the challenge of Fury for the world heavyweight title early in 2022.

"Let's be honest, he's waited long enough for this opportunity and what a great fight for world boxing. No-one deserves a shot at the world heavyweight title more than Whyte.

"Coming off his great win against Deontay Wilder, it would be great to see Fury fight back in the UK. I couldn't think of a more perfect fight. I think it's the biggest all-British heavyweight fight since Lennox Lewis against Frank Bruno in 1993.

"Fury hasn't fought in the UK since 2018. With his profile now, following the three Wilder fights, and the popularity of Whyte, that one would fill a stadium for sure."