LAS VEGAS – If Frank Warren were Dillian Whyte’s promoter, Warren would’ve advised against accepting a fight against Otto Wallin next.
London’s Whyte will battle Wallin on October 30 at O2 Arena in London. Their 12-round fight for Whyte’s WBC interim heavyweight championship could determine Tyson Fury’s next opponent.
Based on how the WBC could rule, however, Whyte could’ve found himself in a position to fight Fury next, without first facing an imposing opponent like Wallin. Warren, whose company co-promotes Fury, discussed the Whyte-Wallin bout with a small group of reporters following Fury’s 11th-round knockout of Deontay Wilder in their thrilling third fight Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena.
“Well, that’s a tough fight,” Warren said. “I mean, if I was him, I wouldn’t do the fight. But anyway, the fact is he’s gotta beat Wallin and then we’ll see what the WBC says.”
Whyte works with Eddie Hearn, Warren’s promotional rival in the United Kingdom. If Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) beats Wallin (22-1, 14 KOs, 1 NC), though, Warren recognizes that Fury-Whyte would be a big event in England.
“Oh, it’s a massive fight, yeah, absolutely,” Warren said. “But any fight for [Fury] now is a massive fight now. You know, he’s shown what he’s made of. I mean, he’s a true, true warrior.”
Whoever Fury fights in the first half of 2022, Warren wants the unbeaten WBC champion to box in his home country of England again.
Each of Fury’s five fights since December 2018 have taken place in the United States. The 33-year-old Fury (33-0-1, 21 KOs) battled Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) to a 12-round split draw in December 2018 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Fury’s four ensuing fights – a quick knockout of Germany’s Tom Schwarz, a 12-round, unanimous-decision defeat of Wallin and back-to-back knockouts of Wilder – have taken place in Las Vegas, either at MGM Grand Garden Arena or T-Mobile Arena.
The 6-feet-9, 277-pound Fury hasn’t boxed in England since he stopped overmatched Sefer Seferi in June 2018 at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. That match marked Fury’s return from a 2½-year layoff caused by his well-documented battles with depression, alcohol and drugs.
“I’d like him to come back to the UK and fight,” Warren said. “But, you know, obviously we’ll sit down and work it out. It’s too soon to say. Of course the British fans would love him to be back there.”
DAZN will stream the Whyte-Wallin fight worldwide two weeks from Saturday night. Caesars Sportsbook lists Whyte as slightly more than a 2-1 favorite over Wallin, a 6-feet-6 Swedish southpaw who gave Fury a tough time two years ago.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.