If Tyson Fury, Oleksandr Usyk, Anthony Joshua, Dillian Whyte and all their representatives can defy odds (and logic) by somehow reaching an agreement before Friday’s WBC purse bid for the Fury-Whyte fight, Otto Wallin wants a chance comparable to the one that was taken from him three months ago.

Wallin, whose fight with Whyte was scrapped on short notice late in October, wants to fight Joshua if the former IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion truly wants to fight “a legitimate opponent” while waiting on the outcome of Fury-Usyk. Eddie Hearn, whose company, Matchroom Boxing, works with Whyte, also promotes Joshua.

“I do think Joshua against Otto is a fight that boxing fans would wanna see and one of the best fights in heavyweight boxing,” Dmitriy Salita, Wallin’s promoter, told BoxingScene.com. “It would be a great fight and the winner would deserve to fight Tyson Fury. If Tyson Fury fights Usyk next and Joshua is kind of left out there looking for an opponent and wants a legitimate opponent, AJ versus Otto Wallin makes a lot of sense. There’s nothing better than when a man can prove his worth as the second-best heavyweight in boxing. Otto is the best option for Joshua, in my opinion, if he steps aside.”

Wallin is tentatively scheduled to return to the ring at some point in February, but his opponent hasn’t been secured. The Swedish southpaw, who has lost only to Fury, hasn’t boxed since he dominated Dominic Breazeale (20-3, 18 KOs) in their 12-rounder last February 20 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

The 31-year-old Wallin (22-1, 14 KOs, 1 NC) pushed Fury in a 12-round fight Fury won by unanimous decision in September 2019 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Fury suffered a gruesome gash above his right eye when Wallin landed a left hand in the second round and fought through adversity to fend off a then-unknown underdog who took a gargantuan step up in competition.

While Wallin wants Joshua and, according to Hearn, Joshua is willing to allow Fury-Usyk to happen next, Hearn contends that Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) wants to fight someone other than Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs), who upset Joshua four months ago, and Whyte, the mandatory challenger for Fury’s WBC belt, sometime in March.

Fury chastised Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) and Hearn in an Instagram post Wednesday for squandering “$90 million” as part of their proposed deal with investors, but the gigantic Englishman didn’t mention anything about wanting to fight someone other than Usyk or Whyte next. If Fury-Whyte indeed goes to purse bid Friday, it’ll amount to risky business for Fury’s co-promoters, Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. and Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions, because they could be out-bid by Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing or another promoter.

Hearn, who would bid on behalf of DAZN and Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs), could out-bid Top Rank because DAZN executives would consider it a huge victory for that streaming service to take Fury away from the ESPN platform primarily in the United States and BT Sport in the United Kingdom, even if it’s just for one fight.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.