Dillian Whyte has been forced to pull out of his heavyweight fight with Otto Wallin next weekend.
The British heavyweight, 33, has suffered a shoulder injury in training and is no longer able to take on the powerful Swede on October 30, according to the Sun.
The ‘Body Snatcher’ had been preparing to take on Wallin, 30, with a training camp in Portugal and had been due to fly back to the UK next week.
Dillian Whyte will no longer be fighting Otto Wallin next weekend due to an injury
Whyte would almost certainly have been next for Tyson Fury had he beaten Wallin
Had Whyte been able to beat Wallin, all roads would have led to Tyson Fury as the mandatory challenger.
The Brixton fighter has waited over 600 days for his title shot – he maintains that he must fight Fury next and that the WBC must compel the Gypsy King to face him.
Wallin pushed Fury hard when the pair fought and only the expertise of a cut man prevented the contest being waved off after the underdog opened up a massive gash on Fury’s eye.
Wallin is improving all the time and gave Fury a huge test when they fought
Fury was badly cut by Wallin and only just survived without the fight being called to a halt
The narrative was clear ahead of Whyte’s clash with Wallin and a confident victory would have nicely set up the Fury fight.
At present, it remains to be seen whether the London card next weekend will go ahead or be scrapped entirely.
Whyte avenged his defeat by Alexander Povetkin earlier this year to put him back on track for a title shot.
But the Wallin camp was equally confident going in and his promoter recently said: ‘Otto had two impressive wins since that outing and a win over Whyte would make him the most eligible opponent for Fury and in my mind the second-best heavyweight in the world based on merit.’
It remains to be seen whether the fight will be rearranged and how long Whyte will be sidelined with his injury.
Whyte knew that he would have the best claim by far to face Fury next had he won