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WBC interim heavyweight champion
Dillian Whyte is aiming for a unification bout against Tyson Fury
when he recovers from a shoulder injury.

Whyte withdrew from a fight against
Otto Wallin scheduled for Saturday because of the injury and
suggested during an appearance on the BBC Five Live boxing podcast the matchup be pushed to the back burner so he can take on Fury.

“That’ll be the plan,” Whyte
said about fighting Fury in early 2022. “It’s Wallin or Fury
next. Of course Wallin is going to be upset. He’s spent money he
thought he was going to earn. Many times I’ve had fights fall
through, you can’t be upset.”

The 33-year-old Whyte won a
rematch with Alexander Povetkin in March to regain the interim belt
after dropping it to Povetkin in August 2020.

Whyte, who owns a 28-2 career record, explained a medical review of his
shoulder showed more extensive damage than expected, which led him to
drop out of the fight with Wallin.

“We went and did an MRI [scan] the
next day and it showed my shoulder was way worse than I thought it
was. I wanted to fight,” he told BBC Five Live. “I said if we
managed it, got an injection before the fight, I’ll fight. I didn’t
want to pull out. But no, because you get idiots like [Dmitriy] Salita and
Wallin talking crap.”

Salita, Wallin’s promoter, told the Associated Press the WBC should reschedule the interim title fight once Whyte is healthy.

“Otto Wallin vs. Whyte should be
rescheduled,” he said. “Whyte should not be allowed to forego the
fight with Otto and fight Fury next as a mandatory challenger.”

Whyte disagrees, telling BBC Five Live he should be able to fight Fury if the opportunity arises.

“But in that time, if a potential
better opportunity comes up, I’ve been waiting to fight for the world
title,” he said. “I’m not going to put it off to fight Otto
Wallin.”

Fury (31-0-1) hasn’t announced plans
for his next fight after completing a trilogy against Deontay Wilder
with a knockout win in early October. He also beat Wilder by knockout
in February 2020 after the pair fought to a split-decision draw in
their first meeting in December 2018.

His promoter, Bob Arum, said it’s
important for Englishman Fury to have a fight in the UK
after several fights in the United States recently.

“Who Fury fights next will be
determined by Fury,” Arum told Sky Sports. “If the fight is
in the UK, I would think Whyte would be a good possibility, as well
as [Joe] Joyce.”

Joyce could emerge as the leading
contender if the WBC orders Whyte to fight Wallin before he gets the
shot at Fury.

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