Dillian Whyte v Oscar Rivas Preview5 min read
Dillian Whyte returns to the ring this weekend as the British fighter aims to make a major statement in his bid to challenge for a world heavyweight title. The Brixton boxer takes on dangerous Colombian Oscar Rivas at the O2 Arena on Saturday night.
Whyte eyes another world title shot
Whyte has done little wrong during his boxing career with his dramatic defeat to Anthony Joshua the only loss on his record. The Body Snatcher has won 25 of his 26 professional bouts with 18 victories by knockout.
After a fierce rivalry, stemming from Whyte’s amateur win over Joshua, the two heavyweights faced each other again in 2015 for the British title. Despite troubling Joshua early on, Whyte was stopped in the seventh round.
The 31-year-old has responded strongly since this defeat with a gripping split decision win over Dereck Chisora one of the fights of 2016.
Whyte produced an explosive performance in London to stop Australian Lucas Browne in the sixth round last year.
He followed this up 12 months ago with a points victory over durable heavyweight Joseph Parker. Whyte’s last fight was in December as stopped Chisora in the 11th round of their domestic rematch at the O2.
Whyte comes into this showdown on a run of nine successive wins and knows a victory this weekend will set him up for a long-awaited world title shot.
If he prevails he will become the mandatory challenger to the WBC title and will be in line to fight the winner of next year’s proposed rematch between champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
Unbeaten Rivas a risky proposition
Rivas comes in with an unbeaten record of 26 wins with 18 coming inside the distance. The 32-year-old South American has fought primarily in Canada, where he lives, with this his first fight in Europe.
Going into his last fight in January, Rivas was the underdog but pulled off a 12th round stoppage win against experienced American Bryant Jennings in New York.
Rivas is a dangerous opponent but this will be the toughest challenge of his career and it will take an exceptional performance to pull off the win.
Whyte v Rivas: The verdict
Whyte is a clear 1/5 favourite with Rivas rated as a 7/2 outsider to win in London. Some may be tempted by the price on the unbeaten boxer but he will probably need a stoppage to win a decision against the home fighter.
The odds suggest it is more likely both boxers will hear the final bell, with 4/6 for the bout to go the distance.
Dillian Whyte deserves his chance for a world title and is backed to continue his winning run at the O2.
It is worth looking to the method of victory market for a way to side with the favourite. Whyte to win on the scorecards is evens and this looks the way to go this weekend.
The Londoner is capable of blasting his opponent out of the ring but stocky Rivas has never been stopped and was one round away from a third successive fight going the distance.
With Whyte taking a positive approach, the British boxer can take command in the early stages on the scorecards and move a step closer to securing a world title fight with a points success against Rivas.
Tip: Dillian Whyte to win by decision or technical decision at evens