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‘They’ll have a chance to finish that chapter’ – Otto Wallin waiting to fight Dillian Whyte if Tyson Fury talks collapse, reveals promoter


Wallin and Whyte were scheduled to meet last October (Picture: Getty)

The WBC has given Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte another week to negotiate terms for their WBC title fight – with Otto Wallin waiting for the Brixton heavyweight if talks fall apart.

Fury was ordered to enter negotiations with Whyte in December but no agreement has been struck yet.

After a period of arbitration, the WBC ruled that Fury will take 80 per cent of the total fight purse.

That decision has infuriated Whyte, whose promoter Eddie Hearn recently confirmed they will appeal the decision that sees the Londoner get just 20 per cent of the share.

A deadline for an agreement was due on Tuesday but all parties have now been granted addition time to find a resolution.

Whyte and Fury’s camps are in talks (Picture: Getty)

While Whyte is hopeful of earning a bigger slice, Dmitriy Salita, former fighter and Wallin’s promoter, backs the WBC’s ruling that will guarantee Fury a huge majority share of the purse, insisting The Gypsy King is ‘the hottest thing’ in boxing and is in a position to call the shots.

‘Tyson Fury is the star, I believe that this is a fair split. The purse split sounds right, Tyson Fury is a superstar and a big draw,’ Salita said.

‘Even with the purse split at 20 per cent, Whyte would still stand to make a lot of money. Obviously Fury is the hottest thing, not just in boxing but maybe in all sports; his last fight with Deontay Wilder was one for the ages, one we’ll remember for a long time to come, a fight that resurrected boxing.’

Whyte was scheduled to meet Swedish southpaw Wallin in late October until a shoulder injury forced the Londoner to withdraw.

Wallin, who pushed Fury hard in an unanimous decision defeat in 2019, was desperate for the bout to be rearranged before the WBC decided to order their champion to enter negotiations with Whyte.

Talks for that fight will continue but if no deal can be struck, Salita insists Whyte will have the option to settle his ‘bad blood’ with Wallin.

Wallin gave Fury trouble in 2019 (Picture: Getty)

‘But If Dillian Whyte does not fight Tyson Fury and it falls apart, there is no better fight for Dillian Whyte than Otto Wallin,’ Salita continued.

‘They’ll have a chance to finish that chapter and put a stop to John Fury, Bob Arum, and Frank Warren and different boxing personalities, who say that ‘Otto Wallin beats Dillian Whyte’.

‘Otto was literally on his way to the airport when he got that call to say Whyte was injured and it created a lot of bad blood and made it personal.

‘So the best way to settle this is an old fashioned duel. Anytime when Whyte is healed and ready for the challenge.

‘If Whyte chooses to fight someone else, that’s all you need to know about Whyte and his mindset.

‘I reached out to Eddie after the fight was cancelled about a Whyte-Wallin redo and some other possibilities but I am yet to hear back.’

If no deal can be agreed, Fury’s co-promoter Frank Warren has stated The Gypsy King will fight in March regardless, even if it means he WBC title won’t be on the line.

Fury is also The Ring Magazine champion with Robert Helenius and Andy Ruiz Jr to prospective opponents if no deal is struck with Whyte in time.

‘Tyson wants to fight by the end of March,’ Warren recently told IFL TV. ‘We’re all as a team looking at other situations as well.

‘But whatever happens he will fight on March 26, that’s what the objective is – we do have a date here [in the UK], but it could be somewhere else.

‘The fact of the matter is that’s when he wants to fight and that’s where we’re at.’

Salita spoke via Vegas Insider


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