Dillian Whyte Headlines Wembley Arena In Comeback Fight
Per promoter Eddie Hearn’s interview with Boxing Social, former WBC Interim world Heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte (28-3, 19 KOs) will return to the ring under the Matchroom Boxing and DAZN banner on the 26th of November at the OVO Arena, Wembley, London, United Kingdom.
This comes after Dillian Whyte requested a sum of £3,000,000 to fight Daniel Dubois on BT Sport Box Office per sources. Queensberry Promotions refused to pay that sum, especially with it being a week before Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury; should that get over the line.
NoSmokeBoxing also understands that there were strong discussions with BOXXER/ Sky Sports but it seems Whyte has decided to return to Hearn/ Matchroom where he boxed exclusively for almost six years. In a separate interview, Hearn dismissed the Chisora trilogy for Whyte but made it clear he would like to make the Joshua rematch in 2023.
Hearn listed Swedish southpaw Otto Wallin (24-1, 14 KOs), American heavyweights Jermaine Franklin (21-0, 14 KOs) and Chris Arreola (38-1-1, 33 KOs) as potential opponents as well as fellow Matchroom Australia fighter Demsey McKean (21-0, 13 KOs).
McKean returns just six weeks earlier on the Liam Paro vs Brock Jarvis undercard making it unlikely he would fight Whyte on Nov 26, especially since that fight couldn’t really be announced until then. He could obviously withdraw from the clash but McKean probably has the least profile of the four and hasn’t really stepped up yet, meaning it’s unlikely to be him.
Arreola is affiliated with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions who have notoriously been difficult in making fights with Matchroom, per Hearn. Arreola hasn’t competed for almost 17 months and is now 41 years old.
Wallin was originally supposed to face Whyte on October 30, 2021, but Whyte pulled out ten days prior with an alleged shoulder injury. Wallin is a tricky southpaw and a competent fighter who would be far from the ideal comeback fight.
Franklin signed to face Whyte before Whyte-Wallin was made and now could get the Dillian Whyte opportunity again. An unbeaten American with a solid undefeated record but is not really known or possesses any notable wins is a good choice for Whyte’s return especially going to a 9,000 arena in the OVO Wembley and not the O2.
Based on the four options presented by Hearn for Dillian Whyte’s next fight, Franklin looks to be the most likely contest. Wallin is one that can definitely get made and would be brave but whether they make it or not is the question.