Whyte was forced to withdraw from his bout with Wallin due to a shoulder injury, which heavyweight Alen Babic has rubbished revealing the Briton’s long-term shoulder issues after surgery
Claims that Dillian Whyte “faked” his injury have been rubbished by Alen Babic after the Briton’s withdrawal from his clash with Otto Wallin.
The ‘Body Snatcher’ has been forced to pull-out from his clash with Wallin planned later this month after suffering a shoulder injury in training camp.
And many fans have been sceptical of the nature of his injury with a potential world-title shot at Tyson Fury looming.
But Croatian heavyweight Alen Babic has rubbished the rumours, revealing his manager’s shoulder issues after surgery a few months ago.
“I know he had a problem with his shoulder for such a long time. He had an operation, he had surgery years ago, but since his surgery, he wasn’t fully recovered,” Babic told Boxing Social.
“He [Whyte] told me a few months ago, ‘I had a problem with my shoulder, but it’s going to be okay.’ He’s like that. I said, ‘Okay, take it easy’, but he does really hard with the weight lifting and stuff.
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“I don’t like that, but Dillian is Dillian. He’s going to do what he wants. I don’t see how that can help him with his shoulder, and it went bad. He didn’t spar for the last two or three weeks.
“People don’t know how bad it was until now. I knew it before. I thought he was going to go through with it, but you can imagine the pain if Dillian doesn’t want to go through with the fight.”
Whyte is currently awaiting ruling from the WBC on his mandatory challenge as a result of his status as interim champion.
But his desire to fight for a world title has not faltered since gaining the silver belt back in 2017 from Robert Helenius.
And he has since broken his silence after being forced to abandon his fight plans.
“I am devastated as I had a great camp, was in great shape, and had great sparring. I was looking forward to knocking Wallin out and would have done so in the first half of the fight.
“I am devastated about not being able to fight on October 30, but I want to thank everyone for all of their support.”
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Whyte’s previous comments have also resurfaced in recent days admitting he had one eye on a shot at Fury before the Wallin cancellation.
“I would be lying if I said I wasn’t looking at them [future fights],” Whyte said previous to the postponement. “I am definitely looking at fighting Fury and Wallin is a dangerous operator – he pushed Fury all the way.
“I could pull out of the Wallin fight just to fight Fury but that isn’t my mindset. I can’t wait around for what Fury is doing. My mindset is that I’ve got nothing to lose. I’m not scared to take risks. They see danger in fighting me. I will risk it all, if need be.”
His scheduled opponent Wallin has been unhappy in recent days and has demanded medical proof from Whyte’s team to justify the cancellation.
He also remains keen to get the fight rescheduled with help from the WBC as he plans to hijack the Briton’s interim champion title.
Although Whyte’s doctor has confirmed there is no significant damage to his shoulder, Whyte will need recovery and rehabilitation so could not be rescheduled before the end of the month.