Does Dillian Whyte deserve to skip Otto Wallin and advance straight to Tyson Fury title fight?

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Questions are still be asked of Dillian Whyte as to whether the shoulder injury he picked up in camp for his upcoming fight with Otto Wallin was legitimate.

Whyte has been the mandatory challenger for the WBC's heavyweight title for over a year and is now set to face reigning champion Tyson Fury in all-British showdown early next year.

However, Wallin's camp believes Whyte has an obligation to face the Swede before fighting for a world title.

"Yes, of course he should, because Dillian Whyte deserves it," Sergio Mora said on whether Whyte should face Fury next during the latest instalment of JABS.

"Not only has he been waiting in the wings for so long, it's massive numbers in the UK."

"Every time Whyte steps up into the ring, he gives you a hell of a fight against Anthony Joshua, Alexander Povetkin. These are the names you want to see him with, but Wallin? I don't know."

Boxing expert and DAZN broadcaster Chris Mannix also had the same feelings as Mora, and he was willing to make an exception in this situation for Whyte.

"Whyte was the mandatory for the WBC title for over a year. He held that interim belt for a very long time. Yeah, he lost it against Alexander Povetkin, but then he went out less than a year later and won it back in spectacular fashion," Mannix stated.

"I think the WBC owes Dillian Whyte and the other side of this, Sergio, is that Wallin doesn't really deserve a title opportunity. This was never a mandatory type of setup here where you have the number one guy versus the number two guy." 

"Dillian Whyte with that interim title is the number one guy in the WBC’s rankings."

Mannix was also quick to point out that despite Whyte's late cancellation, Wallin's ranking alone does not jusitfy his reasons for wanting a world title fight with Fury.

"You know where Wallin ranks? He doesn't." 

"He's not in the top 15 in the WBCs rankings, and he had a shot against Tyson Fury a couple of years ago."

Watch Dillian Whyte: The Most Underrated Heavyweight below.


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