Dillian Whyte, who has made a career out of taking tough opposition, has another formidable opponent in line.
“The Body Snatcher” and Otto Wallin have agreed on terms for a match on October 30 at the O2 Arena in London, sources told ESPN.
Whyte, ESPN’s No. 6 heavyweight, owns victories over Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin and Oscar Rivas. The power-punching big man will add to the growing resume with a fight against Wallin, a far tougher opponent than the other two names considered for the task (Chris Arreola and Jermaine Franklin).
The 30-year-old Swedish boxer gave heavyweight champion Tyson Fury everything he could handle when they met in September 2019. Wallin produced two gruesome cuts over Fury’s right eye, and it looked like the fight was on the verge of being stopped by the doctor before Fury gathered to pick up a win on the scorecards.
In addition to the cuts, southpaw brought the fight to Fury; it was an action scrap where Wallin won nine rounds in total despite a massive underdog. Wallin (22-1, 14 KOs) then proved that the performance was not just a random blow, scoring a stoppage victory over Travis Kauffman in his next match and following it up with a win over big points over former title challenger Dominic Breazeale.
Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) is no stranger to difficult slug parties either. His two fights with Derek Chisora were captivating, as was the victory over Parker. The 33-year-old British boxer’s two losses both came via knockout, a defeat to Anthony Joshua, who won the heavyweight championship, and a sad loss to Povetkin, whom he avenged earlier in the year.
Whyte has worked with promoter Eddie Hearn on a fight-by-fight basis. This will be his first match with Hearns Matchroom Boxing since the campaign signed an exclusive deal with DAZN in the UK, the network expected to lead the match.
BoxingScene first reported news of the match.