Tyson Fury ‘absolutely wounded’ by Anthony Joshua’s loss to Oleksandr Usyk
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Dillian Whyte looks in the shape of his life as he prepares for his heavyweight showdown with Otto Wallin. The ‘Brixton Body Snatcher’ will fight at the O2 Arena on October 30, in his first bout since his fourth-round stoppage of Alexander Povetkin in March.
Whyte, 33, took to Instagram on Sunday night to post a picture of himself at a running track with his muscular arms outstretched – and judging by the smile on his face appears to be enjoying training.
And referring to his upcoming bout with Wallin, 30, he posted the caption: “#maximumviolence get your tickets now.”
Fans were certainly impressed, with the post having received more than 22,500 likes inside 24 hours, and plenty of favourable replies.
samjhall89 wrote “Absolute shape,” while karlhiggins41 wrote “Looking fantastic,” with thousands of others simply leaving fire or muscle emojis.
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Whyte, the mandatory WBC challenger, is clearly desperate to return to action, also posting via an Instagram story update: “It’s almost time for war again.
“The calm before the I let the f****** wolf out. I’m not coming to f*** about.”
Whyte gained revenge for his 2020 defeat to the recently retired Povetkin in some style and is hopeful that a win against Wallin will finally pave the way for a first ever world title shot.
Despite boasting a pro record of 28-2, with Whyte’s only other defeat coming against Anthony Joshua in 2014, the WBC title he has been coveting has been tied up in the controversial trilogy arrangement between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.
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After beating Povetkin, Whyte believed he was lined up to face the winner of the proposed Fury vs Joshua bout in 2021, but an arbitrator then ruled earlier that Wilder was entitled to a third fight with Fury.
It seemed Whyte would then endure a long wait with Fury expected to come through the trilogy bout on October 30 and then go on to fight Joshua, but AJ’s surprise loss to Oleksandr Usyk last month has reopened the door.
If Whyte and Fury do indeed both win their respective fights, the British pair might then be expected to clash in a huge title fight in 2022.
Swedish fighter Wallin however, will have other ideas, with a record of 22-1-1 and 14 of his wins coming via knockout. He also troubled Fury in September 2019, cutting the eye of the British fighter who showed real resilience to continue and take a unanimous points win.
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Wallin’s promoter, Dmitriy Salita, recently told Boxing Scene he was confident his client could upset the odds: “I think that Whyte is a real champion, a tough fighter and wants to challenge himself.
“I think he’s very strong, has lots of skills, but I do think that Otto is the better boxer, is more skilled, has a better ring IQ.
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