The stage is all set for Dillian Whyte vs Oscar Rivas at the O2 Arena, London. The match isn’t probably as big as the fight besides between Pacquiao and Thurman, especially the reward.
But what makes this fight all the more interesting is that there’s so much to lose. Dillian Whyte has one last obstacle before his dream WBC title shot against Deontay Wilder.
For Rivas, it’s a proud blemish-free 26-0 record to preserve. One slip up here at the heavyweight title match might make them regret for a long time.
Dillian Whyte vs Oscar Rivas: What is at stake?
It’s now been 2 complete years since Dillian Whyte is WBC title’s favourite contender. He has done it since November 2017 but is still bereft of the title shot. Looking at his form, a win will make it 10 consecutive wins after that close defeat to Anthony Joshua.
What a great example of a @wbcboxing heavyweight champion openly saying he wants to and he’s gonna kill the guy he’s fighting welldone @wbcmoro protecting him from me for over 560 days @bronzebomber #bumsquad #COWARD pic.twitter.com/YjblV07Ea0
— Dillian Whyte (@DillianWhyte) May 16, 2019
But a win can make him the interim champion and presents an opportunity for that title shot. Deontay Wilder is set to fight Luiz Ortiz and Tyson Fury again. A win will throw Dillian Whyte into confirmation of the title shot by May 2020.
Rivas ‘Kaboom’ as he’s lovingly known back in Columbia is no less on aggression. The 32-year old is still undefeated and high on confidence after his recent victory in January.
He has also defeated Joshua’s nemesis Andy Ruiz Jr. before turning pro. His career-best win came against Bryant Jenning in New York who himself was a former World title contender.
Odds and Prediction
Betting odds for this battle stack is in favour of Dillian Whyte. It’s a high risk high reward gamble to bid for Rivas who promises a lot.
Dillian Whyte win: 1/5
Oscar Rivas win: 16/5
Method of victory:
Dillian Whyte by decision/technical decision: 11/10
Whyte by KO/TKO: 13/8
Oscar Rivas by decision/technical decision: 11/2
Rivas by KO/TKO: 17/2
Tony Bellew recently compared Oscar Rivas to a poor man’s Mike Tyson. He has the power and the style to beat the best on his day. So although Dillian Whyte is the firm favourite, an Oscar Rivas win is just around the corner in case of lack in intensity by the latter.
In a battle of heavy punchers, it’s stupid to expect a long tussle so expect a short match. Dillian Whyte has waited too long for his title shot so expect him to be at his best to avoid a defeat at such a crucial juncture. He will come out blowing on all cylinders and I feel might pip Oscar Rivas.
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