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Dillian White cancels heavyweight fight with Otto Wallin due to shoulder injury

Dillian White's interim WBC heavyweight world title defense with Swede Otto Wallin has been canceled due to a shoulder injury to a British fighter


Dillian White’s interim WBC heavyweight world title defense with Swede Otto Wallin has been canceled due to a shoulder injury to a British fighter.

White, 33, will face Wallin, 30, on October 30 at the O2 in London, the mandatory challenger he will face Tyson Fury next.

His retirement left no clear next opponent for Fury, who retained his WBC heavyweight title by knocking out Diononto Wilder in their trio fight in Las Vegas earlier this month.

“I had a great camp, I was in great shape and I was devastated that I had a great match,” White said.

“I really wanted to take down Wallin and who would have done it in the first part of the fight.

“I am very sorry that I cannot fight on October 30, but I want to thank everyone for their support.”

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Sky Sports Boxing head of development Adam Smith predicts the future of the heavyweight division after defeating Tyson Fury Diony Wilder to retain his WBC title.

Whitey hopes that his win over Wallin will finally give him the long-awaited title shot.

Although the fight did not go ahead, Whitey remained the interim champion.

Wallin’s promoter called for the fight to be rescheduled amid reports of a white injury sustained during warm-up preparations.

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Tyson Fury promoter Frank Warren told Anthony Joshua not to compete with Alexander Usik again, so Fury could fight the Ukrainians in the controversial world heavyweight title fight.

“It’s very frustrating,” Wallin promoter Dmitry Salita told Sky Sports.

“If it’s an injury, it should heal and they should reschedule the event. That’s fair.

“It’s not fair that boxing injures Dillian White and, as a result, he has to fight the Fury.

“Otto is ready to go to the UK today. He has a full training ground and this fight warrants a lot of attention and is truly the perfect tie to fight Fury.

“The fight must be rescheduled for a later date and the winner of that fight must fight Tyson Fury. Anything that is unfair to the sport of boxing would be unfair to Otto Wallin.

“We urge the WBC to make a final decision.

“The same must be decided: White-Wallin winner Tyson Fury fought.

“WBC will approve what I consider to be an important decision, which will fix things.”

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October 24 – Top Rank at Atlanta
Jamel Herring vs Shakur Stevenson – WBO Super Featherweight Title

October 31: First place in New York
José Zepeda vs. Josue Vargas

November 6 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Mycela Meyer vs. Myva Hamadouche – IBF and WBO Super Featherweight Titles

November 6 – Boxer in Liverpool
Super lightweight tournament

November 20 – Boxer in London
Richard Reakporhe vs. Olanrevaju Durodola
Carolyn Dubois made her professional debut

November 20 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter – WBO welterweight title

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December 11 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Vasily Lomachenko vs. Richard Comey

December 17: 1st place in Montreal
Arthur Betterbeev vs Marcus Brown – IBF and WBC Light Heavyweight Titles

December 18: First place in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs. Jack Cottrell – Undisputed Super Lightweight Title