Whyte vs Rivas: Dillian Whyte can face laurels Rivas for the quantity one Heavyweight spot within the blood cell at The O2 in London on Saturday July twenty, continue to exist Sky Sports Box workplace.Whyte (25-1 18KOs) holds the quantity one slot with the blood cell and puts that on the road because the hard-hitting ‘Body Snatcher’ continues to blast his path to a World title shot. The Brixton banger place Derek Chisora away in devastating vogue in his last outing, the try thrilling the Greenwich crowd within their replay in Dec – before icing Del Boy in the eleventh spherical.
The 31-year-old Briton are going to be gunning for a tenth straight win against Rivas, with wins over Joseph Parker, Robert Helenius and film maker Browne sandwiched between his 2 wins over Chisora. Whyte has become a must-watch fighter since rocking previous foe Anthony Joshua in their battle at The O2 in Dec 2012, and once more takes on a insecure challenge as he cements his spot because the leading Heavyweight challenger within the world.
Rivas (26-0 18KOs) is yet one more dangerous client for Whyte to risk his best rankings with, and also the Colombian comes into the bout on the rear of his biggest win within the paid ranks. Rivas cosmopolitan to Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York in Jan and KO’d former World title competition Bryant Jennings within the final spherical of their clash, underlining his dangerous potential to World titlists and fellow contenders, with ‘Kaboom’ graded at variety 10 with the blood cell, seven within the IBF and a lofty 5 with each the WBA and WBO.
The Canadian-based thirty one year previous carried a formidable amateur record into the paid ranks, beating Kubrat Pulev within the 2008 Olympic Games a year when landing silver within the Pan-American games – and with eighteen KOs in twenty six fights since turning over, July twenty guarantees to be associate degree explosive war between 2 in-form big-punchers, with Brobdingnagian stakes on the road.
I am terribly happy to be fighting once more at The O2 in July,” aforesaid Whyte. “Oscar Rivas is successful and graded within the high ten across the board of all the governing bodies. He has been one among the foremost avoided heavyweight fighters within the previous couple of years.
“His knockout triumph over Bryant Jennings sent shockwaves through the division and Michael Gerald Tyson Fury simply turned down ESPN/Top Rank’s provide to fight him. i’m over the moon that he has accepted the fight. He incorporates a nice amateur and skilled record, as well as a convince Kubrat Pulev.
“I am over happy to hold on fighting high ten fighters like Rivas till i purchase my well-earned shot at Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua.
“I can’t wait till July twenty to fight once more at The O2 that is one among the simplest venues within the world for boxing.”
‘‘I have waited for this chance for a really very long time,” aforesaid Rivas. “Dillian Whyte is a wonderful boxer, a World category fighter and also the best challenger. He merit all my respect for his accomplishments and that i am grateful for the chance he’s giving Maine.
“This is strictly the type of challenge i used to be hoping to induce. i’m successful, i’m aiming to keep my excellent record when July twenty in my quest to induce the last word chance to become World champion.”
“This could be a nice fight with each men coming back off explosive late knockouts,” aforesaid promoter Eddie Hearn. “Rivas is successful and searching to require Dillian’s best spot however as we all know, The O2 has become a defense for him currently and this can be set to be another war. we have a tendency to area unit designing an enormous night of boxing on July twenty with a monster card topped by the good heavyweight performer.”
“First i might prefer to impart Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing World Health Organization created a proposal not possible to show down,” aforesaid Yvon Michel, President of Groupe Yvon Michel. “Oscar Rivas was willing to intensify and face Anthony Joshua for Gregorian calendar month in ny and representations were created.
“It won’t be his flip currently however instead he’s very happy, to be earning associate degree ultimate World title chance, by proving he’s the simplest amongst the contenders against the outstanding Dillian Whyte. On July twenty a brand new star are going to be born!”
Adam Smith, Head of Sky Sports Boxing, said: “Dillian Whyte is risking it all once more as he battles the harmful laurels Rivas at The O2, that has become a contented looking ground for ‘The ghoul.’
“Dillian has already delivered exciting wins over Joseph Parker and Derek Chisora at identical venue, however he may have his hands full against Rivas, the undefeated Colombian along with his own world ambitions.
“Expect another enchanting face-off once Whyte returns within the summer, and that we expect to own a stacked card before a sizzling main event.”
Tickets for Whyte vs. Rivas are priced £40, £60, £80, £100, £150, £200, £300, £500 and £1,000 VIP.
Tickets are available to purchase for O2 Priority customers on Tuesday 23 April at midday via The O2 (www.theo2.co.uk) and go on sale to Fight Pass members on Wednesday 24 April at midday via StubHub (www.stubhub.co.uk)
General Sale tickets are available to purchase at midday on Thursday April 25 from StubHub (www.stubhub.co.uk), The O2 (www.theo2.co.uk) and Matchroom Boxing (www.matchroomboxing.com)