Dillian Whyte vs Oscar Rivas - Whyte set to pass latest test ahead of world title bid
British heavyweight looks to impress against the unbeaten Colombian
Dillian Whyte will expect a world title shot if he beats Oscar Rivas (Getty Images)
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What: Dillian Whyte vs Oscar Rivas for the WBC heavyweight interim title
Where: O2 Arena, London, United Kingdom
When: Saturday, July 20 from 10pm BST, Live on Sky Sports Box Office
Dillian Whyte puts both his WBC Silver Heavyweight title and No. 1 status on the line when he faces the unbeaten Oscar Rivas at London’s O2 Arean on July 20. After being made to wait for a shot at WBC world champion Deontay Wilder, Whyte can ill-afford to lose, while a win for Rivas would catapult him to world challenger status.
Dillian Whyte History, Form & Betting Style
Nationality: United Kingdom
Age: 31 (11/04/1988)
Professional record: 25-1-0 (18 KOs)
Height: 6ft 4in (193cm)
If anyone wants to understand the finicky world of boxing politics, then look no further than Dillian Whyte. Despite being ranked the No. 1 contender by the WBC for more than 500 days, Whyte was bypassed for a showdown with champion Deontay Wilder, who fought/destroyed Dominic Breazeale instead.
Whyte is also the No. 1 WBO contender, but that organisation opted to install unified cruiserweight champion Oleksander Osyk as their mandatory challenger following his step up to heavyweight.
As Whyte patiently awaits his long overdue world title shot, the British fighter will keep busy against Oscar Rivas and will hope to prove that he deserves to be in contention for the biggest belts.
Since his seventh round knockout loss to Anthony Joshua in 2016, Whyte has racked up a succession of impressive wins, including two classics against domestic rival Dereck Chisora, a points win over former world champion Joseph Parker, and a destructive KO of another former world champion Lucas Browne.
Whyte, who possesses one of the most devastating left hooks in the division, is a fighter who relishes going to war. He takes his fair share of shots but dishes out his own form of punishment as well.
Whyte will hold a height and reach advantage over Rivas, but still expect him to fight on the front foot and work on the inside. Unless Whyte gets caught, he should have too much size and skill for the Colombian.
Oscar Rivas History, Form & Betting Style
Age: 32 (06/06/1987)
Professional record: 26-0-0 (18 KOs)
Height: 6ft 0.5in (184cm)
Oscar Rivas enters this fight with plenty of momentum following the best win of his career, a final round technical stoppage over pre-fight favourite Bryant Jennings in January. After 24 previous wins over rather limited opponents, Rivas’ win over Jennings proved that the Colombian could make the step up against better fighters.
Rivas also boasts impressive amateur pedigree having won a host of medals and awards in South America, as well as defeating former world title contender Kubrat Pulev at the 2008 Olympic Games.
The Colombian is athletic and physically strong, and like Whyte looks to land his left hook. At just over 6-foot, he is comparatively smaller than many leading heavyweights, but so far his boxing skills have compensated for any size disadvantage.
However, Rivas faces a big step up against Whyte - a fighter regarded as world level - and he has never been tested at this level, so how he adapts to a stronger, smarter fighter will be interesting to see.
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Oscar Rivas enters the ring with an unbeaten record and good pedigree, and should contribute to a good fight, but Dillian Whyte has been getting better with each passing fight, and with a world title shot the expected reward for victory, he will bring his A-Game. While Whyte should win this, expect the fight to go at least to the later rounds.
Best Bet: Dillian Whyte Win By Knockout, Technical Knockout or Disqualification @ 2.60 at bet365 - 3 Units
Value Bet: Fight To Go The Distance - No @ 2.10 at bet365 - 4 Units