Otto Wallin Camp Fumes in Wake of Dillian Whyte Fight Cancellation

by John "Gutterdandy" Walker Leave it to the sport of boxing to find a way to waste any momentum it has accumulated with the sporting public. In the wake of two excellent heavyweight title clashes recently -- Oleksander Usyk's dominant unanimous decision win over Anthony Joshua, and Tyson Fury's obliteration of Deontay Wilder -- boxing fans were eagerly looking forward to the next scheduled high-level installment from the glamor division between top ranked Dillian Whyte of the UK and Otto Wallin of Sweden. Three great fights in a row, it seems, was too much to ask. Wallin (22-1-0, 14 KOs) is the heavyweight who arguably gave Fury his toughest overall fight to date (Wilder actually only troubled the Gypsy King for a few select rounds over three fights). During their clash, the 6'6" tall Swede used his slick counterpunching abilities to confound Fury at times, inflicting two large gashes on the Brit's face, one above his left eye courtesy of a wicked left hook. That cut was severe enough that the fight could have been waved off, but Fury gutted his way through to a UD win that nevertheless saw Wallin rocking him hard with big shots as the fight came to a close. Though he lost to Fury, Otto Wallin had arrived at the top end of the heavyweight division. Since that fight, Wallin has gone from strength to strength, and looked primed to provide Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs), who has been awaiting a title shot for what seems like forever, with some very stiff competition for their bout scheduled for October 30 in the UK. But now, the fight has been cancelled amidst questionable circumstances, and Wallin has been left heartbroken and angry. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="248"]        Otto Wallin: fighting mad[/caption] Wallin was getting ready to depart for the UK when he was informed via email that Whyte had injured his shoulder and the fight was cancelled. No supporting documentation was provided to the Wallin camp by Whyte's promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing. Further queries have gone unanswered. The sketchy details surrounding the cancellation have set Wallin and his camp on edge: a shot at WBC world heavyweight champ Tyson Fury awaits the winner of Wallin vs Whyte. At a recent presser called to make their case, Wallin and his manager Dmitry Salita fumed about the situation. "I've been training very hard, and had my mind put into this," lamented a downcast Wallin. "Just the simple fact that I haven't seen my family [in Sweden] in two years ... I've been staying here [in the USA], training, to make sure I'll be ready when this big opportunity comes. I was gonna go fight, win this fight, and then go back to Sweden to see everybody. It's tough when you haven't seen your mom in two years (Wallin's father passed away before he fought Tyson Fury in 2019)." Not helping matters is the fact that Whyte had publicly mused recently about skipping the tough Wallin challenge altogether and waiting for Fury to offer him a lucrative title bout in their native United Kingdom. "I would be lying if I said I wasn't looking at [future fights]," Whyte said. "I am definitely looking at fighting Fury and Wallin is a dangerous operator - he pushed Fury all the way." Those remarks seem more ominous now, in light of the last-minute cancellation of the fight. The suspicion is that Whyte simply decided to pull the plug and wait for Fury to come calling for a lucrative, all-UK showdown. Wallin is left with a lot of hard preparation that at the moment seems like it was for nothing. "This is such a big opportunity," said an agitated Dmitry Salida, Wallin's manager. "[Wallin] put so much on the line. It's so important that the right thing happens here." "Injuries happen in boxing," Salida continued. "But there's just so many circumstances in this particular situation that makes it so unsettling ... all we want is the truth. That's all we want." The right thing, according to Wallin and Salida, is a rescheduling of the bout. Faced with a lack of communication from Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing, the Wallin camp are appealing to the British Boxing Board of Control and the WBC to seek a remedy to the now fraught situation. One thing the Wallin camp isn't interested in, however, is an offer from Croatian heavyweight Alen "The Savage" Babic, who Whyte promotes, to take his boss's place. Matchroom head honcho Hearn has since pushed for Wallin to take on “The Savage” instead of Whyte, but Salida scoffed at the suggestion. "Otto Wallin is a world class fighter," Salida said. "[Babic] is irrelevant. It's just branding for whoever that person is. I've never heard of this guy before (Babic was scheduled to appear on the undercard of Wallin vs Whyte)." The Wallin camp remain fearful that Whyte will be allowed to bypass the Swede altogether and proceed straight to a title fight with Tyson Fury. Salida feels Whyte has been spooked by many boxing scribes and promoters predicting a Wallin win against the Brit. "I am a man of my word," said Wallin. "We

Otto Wallin Camp Fumes in Wake of Dillian Whyte Fight Cancellation

by John "Gutterdandy" Walker

Leave it to the sport of boxing to find a way to waste any momentum it has accumulated with the sporting public.

In the wake of two excellent heavyweight title clashes recently -- Oleksander Usyk's dominant unanimous decision win over Anthony Joshua, and Tyson Fury's obliteration of Deontay Wilder -- boxing fans were eagerly looking forward to the next scheduled high-level installment from the glamor division between top ranked Dillian Whyte of the UK and Otto Wallin of Sweden.

Three great fights in a row, it seems, was too much to ask.

Wallin (22-1-0, 14 KOs) is the heavyweight who arguably gave Fury his toughest overall fight to date (Wilder actually only troubled the Gypsy King for a few select rounds over three fights).

During their clash, the 6'6" tall Swede used his slick counterpunching abilities to confound Fury at times, inflicting two large gashes on the Brit's face, one above his left eye courtesy of a wicked left hook. That cut was severe enough that the fight could have been waved off, but Fury gutted his way through to a UD win that nevertheless saw Wallin rocking him hard with big shots as the fight came to a close.

Though he lost to Fury, Otto Wallin had arrived at the top end of the heavyweight division.

Since that fight, Wallin has gone from strength to strength, and looked primed to provide Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs), who has been awaiting a title shot for what seems like forever, with some very stiff competition for their bout scheduled for October 30 in the UK.

But now, the fight has been cancelled amidst questionable circumstances, and Wallin has been left heartbroken and angry.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="248"]        Otto Wallin: fighting mad[/caption]

Wallin was getting ready to depart for the UK when he was informed via email that Whyte had injured his shoulder and the fight was cancelled. No supporting documentation was provided to the Wallin camp by Whyte's promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing. Further queries have gone unanswered.

The sketchy details surrounding the cancellation have set Wallin and his camp on edge: a shot at WBC world heavyweight champ Tyson Fury awaits the winner of Wallin vs Whyte.

At a recent presser called to make their case, Wallin and his manager Dmitry Salita fumed about the situation. "I've been training very hard, and had my mind put into this," lamented a downcast Wallin.

"Just the simple fact that I haven't seen my family [in Sweden] in two years ... I've been staying here [in the USA], training, to make sure I'll be ready when this big opportunity comes. I was gonna go fight, win this fight, and then go back to Sweden to see everybody. It's tough when you haven't seen your mom in two years (Wallin's father passed away before he fought Tyson Fury in 2019)."

Not helping matters is the fact that Whyte had publicly mused recently about skipping the tough Wallin challenge altogether and waiting for Fury to offer him a lucrative title bout in their native United Kingdom.

"I would be lying if I said I wasn't looking at [future fights]," Whyte said. "I am definitely looking at fighting Fury and Wallin is a dangerous operator - he pushed Fury all the way."

Those remarks seem more ominous now, in light of the last-minute cancellation of the fight. The suspicion is that Whyte simply decided to pull the plug and wait for Fury to come calling for a lucrative, all-UK showdown. Wallin is left with a lot of hard preparation that at the moment seems like it was for nothing.

"This is such a big opportunity," said an agitated Dmitry Salida, Wallin's manager. "[Wallin] put so much on the line. It's so important that the right thing happens here."

"Injuries happen in boxing," Salida continued. "But there's just so many circumstances in this particular situation that makes it so unsettling ... all we want is the truth. That's all we want."

The right thing, according to Wallin and Salida, is a rescheduling of the bout. Faced with a lack of communication from Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing, the Wallin camp are appealing to the British Boxing Board of Control and the WBC to seek a remedy to the now fraught situation.

One thing the Wallin camp isn't interested in, however, is an offer from Croatian heavyweight Alen "The Savage" Babic, who Whyte promotes, to take his boss's place. Matchroom head honcho Wallin to take on “The Savage” instead of Whyte, but Salida scoffed at the suggestion.

"Otto Wallin is a world class fighter," Salida said. "[Babic] is irrelevant. It's just branding for whoever that person is. I've never heard of this guy before (Babic was scheduled to appear on the undercard of Wallin vs Whyte)."

The Wallin camp remain fearful that Whyte will be allowed to bypass the Swede altogether and proceed straight to a title fight with Tyson Fury. Salida feels Whyte has been spooked by many boxing scribes and promoters predicting a Wallin win against the Brit.

"I am a man of my word," said Wallin. "We have a contract signed and we are supposed to fight. And I will honor that. I am very serious when it comes to contracts and giving my word on something."

"The redo should happen" Salida added, "but we want to see proof [of Whyte's injury]. That's all we want. We want to see the truth, all we want is fairness."

"And if the right thing doesn't happen, it will be so detrimental to our sport."

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Shakur Stevenson Dominates Jamel Herring, Stops Him In The 10th

By: Hans Themistode

Jamel Herring had an unspoken confidence about him heading into his WBO super featherweight title defense against mandatory challenger Shakur Stevenson. That self-belief, however, was immediately zapped away the moment the opening bell rang.

Despite sharing a cordial relationship outside the ring, there was nothing friendly about their encounter. In front of a mostly sold-out crowd at State Farm Arena, in Atlanta Georgia, Stevenson came out aggressive in the opening period. Known mostly for his ability to box and move, Stevenson imposed his will early on.

The former 2016 Olympic silver medalist ripped off several hard shots to the mid-section of Herring and continued with a healthy barrage upstairs. Herring, on the other hand, appeared content with walking through fire as he covered up and allowed the punches to glance off his gloves.

Stevenson continued his assault into the second round. Although Herring appeared to be just fine standing in the comfort zone of Stevenson, the former featherweight world titlist made him pay. Stevenson moved away from the unsuccessful straight rights and lefts and opted to curl his punches around the guard of his man. Stevenson’s newfound attack worked perfectly as Herring was repeatedly battered and walked down.

With an ever-growing glow of confidence, Stevenson began putting his shots together even more. The young and brash multiple division titlist picked up the pace in the middle rounds as he continued to butcher and pick apart Herring on the outside.

In the midst of a dominant performance, Stevenson was taken aback in the seventh. A visibly frustrated Herring pounded his gloves together and began to let his hands go. For the first time all fight long, Stevenson began taking several steps back as Herring continued to push the pace.

Despite Herring’s ability to adjust on the fly, Stevenson quickly followed suit. He met Herring in the center of the ring and exchanged huge shots. At the start of the eighth, Herring’s eye looked like it had seen better days.

With a chance to close the show, Stevenson stepped on the gas in the following two rounds. The result was one he was hoping for, as referee Mark Nelson waved off their contest in the tenth round.

Although the pair hurled several verbal jabs at one another throughout the entire build-up, they embraced soon after and squashed their differences.

As for what could be next for Stevenson, Herring reiterated several times over that Stevenson has the ability to take over the 130-pound division.

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