Dillian Whyte will face Oscar Rivas for the number one Heavyweight spot in the WBC at The O2 in London on Saturday July 20. The fight is live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Whyte (25-1 18KOs) holds the number one slot with the WBC. He puts that on the line as the hard-hitting ‘Body Snatcher’ continues to blast his path to a World title shot.
The Brixton banger put Derek Chisora away in devastating style in his last outing. The pair thrilled the Greenwich crowd in their rematch in December. Before Whyte iced Del Boy in the 11th round.
The 31-year-old Briton will be gunning for a tenth straight win against Rivas. Wins over Joseph Parker, Robert Helenius and Lucas Browne were sandwiched between his two wins over Chisora. Whyte has become a must-watch fighter since rocking old foe Anthony Joshua in their battle at The O2 in December 2012. Yet again he takes on a high-risk challenge as he cements his spot as the leading Heavyweight contender in the world.
Rivas (26-0 18KOs) is yet another dangerous customer for Whyte to risk his number one rankings with. The Colombian comes into the bout on the back of his biggest win in the paid ranks. Rivas travelled to Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY in January. He KO’d former World title challenger Bryant Jennings in the final round of their clash.
The win underlined his dangerous potential to World titlists and fellow contenders.‘Kaboom’ is ranked at number ten with the WBC/ Rated seven in the IBF and a lofty five with both the WBA and WBO.
The Canadian-based 31 year old carried an impressive amateur record into the paid ranks. He beat Kubrat Pulev in the 2008 Olympic Games a year after landing silver in the Pan-American games. With 18 KOs in 26 fights since turning over, July 20 promises to be an explosive war between two in-form big-punchers. Huge stakes are on the line.
Adam Smith, Head of Sky Sports Boxing, said: “Dillian Whyte is risking it all again as he battles the dangerous Oscar Rivas at The O2. It’s become a happy hunting ground for ‘The Body Snatcher.’
“Dillian has already delivered exciting wins over Joseph Parker and Derek Chisora at the same venue. He could have his hands full against Rivas. The unbeaten Colombian has his own world ambitions.
“Expect another enthralling showdown when Whyte returns in the summer. We expect to have 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). They 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)