Eddie Hearn Insists Dillian Whyte Injury That Ended Otto Wallin Fight Is Genuine

The promoter has poured cold water over any claims of funny business occurring over the Whyte vs Wallin cancellation
15:05, 29 Oct 2021

Chantelle Cameron vs Mary McGee takes centre stage at the 02 Arena this weekend after a shoulder injury forced Dillian Whyte to call off his fight with Otto Wallin. 

The super-lightweight unification clash is a decent replacement, but the loss of the star attraction has led to a lot of speculation that the injury was manufactured and that the fight was cancelled because Whyte had been linked with a highly-lucrative showdown with heavyweight lineal champion Tyson Fury instead. However, promoter Edde Hearn insists that absolutely isn’t the case. 

“The injury is genuine. We've got the medical reports from the doctor,” he told The Sportsman.

“It's unfortunate. He made the decision to take this fight. Even four weeks ago, when the news broke about Fury - he still wanted to carry on with the fight. Even when he had an injury, he wanted to carry on with the fight, but eventually he was told by a doctor he couldn't continue.”

The Matchroom boss added that despite the quality of the replacement, it wasn’t an easy decision to make to give Cameron vs McGee top-billing, even admitting that with the omission of the main event it’s not a great card anymore.

“It’s difficult because obviously you get the crushing blow of the Dillian Whyte news, and it's easy just to walk away and say that ‘I'm sorry guys, we’ll just reschedule’. When you've got a unified world championship fight, other title fights, big prospects on the card, you've got nine other fights on the card - you know, this is their living, this is their livelihood. You've got obligations today, morally, contractually.

“And I wasn't prepared to walk away. We don't really cancel cards. A lot of promoters do, we don’t. But when you do that, you have to ride out the stick along the way from the moaners or the people who just love to criticise anything. I just say ‘No, it's not very good’ cause we know it's not a great card because we've lost the main event, but it's a good card with good action and a lot of good fighters that need to fight and are ready to fight. And I think we're going to get a good night.”

Perhaps the biggest loser from the cancellation is Whyte’s opponent Wallin, who has been certainly vocal in his displeasure. However, Hearn says the Swede has calmed down now and that Matchroom will “look out for him.” 

“This was another big opportunity for them, financially particularly as well. I said to Dmitri [Salita, Wallin’s promoter] this is bad news for everybody. Dillian Whyte’s wasted a camp. He's now going to probably have a year between fights. We've lost a load of money.

“DAZN didn't get the big fight that they wanted for October 30, so unfortunately, it’s life, it happens. I said to Dimitri that contractually now we have the right to either reschedule or walk away. Obviously, if he fights Tyson Fury, he ain’t fighting Otto Wallin. But at the same time, we’ll look out for Otto Wallin, try and make another fight with one of our heavyweights. He’s alright now, he’s calming down.” 

Chantelle Cameron is 1/22 to win on Saturday night with Betfred, while Mary McGee is a big underdog at 12/1. The draw can be backed at 20/1.

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