Whyte: Rivas is High-Risk Fight, But I’ll Try To Knock Him Out

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Dillian Whyte expects a very tough fight when he faces unbeaten Canadian puncher Oscar Rivas at the O2 Arena on July 20.

British heavyweight Whyte is ranked number one by the WBC but missed out on a shot at champion Deontay Wilder, when the sanctioning body ordered Wilder to defend his title against Dominic Breazeale instead.

The 31-year-old – nicknamed ‘The Body Snatcher’ – will put his status with the WBC on the line when he tops the bill in London against Rivas, who stopped Bryant Jennings in the final round of their clash back in January.


Whyte recorded wins over Lucas Browne, Joseph Parker and Dereck Chisora in 2018, improving his record to 25-1, and is looking forward to his first outing this year.

Despite the punching power of Rivas, Whyte also has power in his hands and plans to go for the knockout when they meet inside the ring.

He’s confident that Rivas will go down or get hurt at some point in the contest.

“He’ll be a tough man. Coming from Colombia, it’s not an easy place. I’m sure he’s been through his fair bit of ups and downs. I expect him to be confident and be quite confrontational and be up for it,” Whyte told Sky Sports.

“You’re coming to the lion’s den, you’re coming to my hunting ground, and once you step into my hunting ground you become prey. He’s going to be trying to knock me out and I’m definitely going to try to knock him out. Everyone I have fought has either been knocked down, or been knocked out, or been hurt badly at some stage, so I have to once again go to the well and prove myself again, but that’s good. Nothing great comes easy.

“It was a good win, a very good win. I actually watched the fight. At that time, he wasn’t even considered as an opponent. Bryant Jennings is a very fit guy, in shape, and he outworked him and overpowered him down the stretch. He’s hungry and he put a lot of graft in, he fought well, and he was very aggressive in the fight. It is a very high-risk fight. Oscar Rivas is the most dangerous out of the lot of them.”

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