Dillian Whyte mentioned Tyson Fury’s reluctance to face his upcoming opponent as ‘The Bodysnatcher’ gains home advantage in his lion’s den for a clash with Oscar Rivas.
The pair of heavyweights meet in a mouth-watering battle on July 20 at The O2, and Whyte will be in with a great chance of winning. If you fancy a punt, many casino sites such as those listed on Slotsia offer some great sports betting odds on the boxing.
Patiently waiting for his chance to contest a world title, Whyte knows he cannot falter until his moment finally comes. Ranking number one by the WBC, Whyte will be pushed forward to face the winner of Deontay Wilder v Dominic Breazeale by the end of this year if successful.
It won’t be easy though. Whyte comes up against a fearsome competitor in Rivas. And one of form, at that.
The Colombian is young (in heavyweight terms), hungry and undefeated. The 31 year-old has been highly active for the last few years.
A win over Bryant Jennings in his last outing cemented Rivas with solid world title credentials. The contender is firmly seen as a danger to the big dogs in the division.
Whyte knows victory puts him in a great place and up there with the top five heavyweights around.
The likes of Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Luis Ortiz, Alexander Povetkin and Kubrat Pulev will all be within touching distance in 2019.
Wilder will be the main target, but it may well be early 2020 before that fight can transpire. The American is chasing Joshua for himself later this year.
With a such a massive occasion ahead of him, Whyte remains in confident mood.
“I am very happy to be fighting again at The O2 in July,” said Whyte. “Oscar Rivas is undefeated and ranked in the top 10 across the board of all the governing bodies.
“He has been one of the most avoided heavyweight fighters in the last few years.
“His KO victory over Bryant Jennings sent shockwaves through the division. Tyson Fury just turned down ESPN/Top Rank’s offer to fight him.
“I am over the moon that he has accepted the fight. He has a great amateur and professional record, including a win over Kubrat Pulev.
“I am more than happy to carry on fighting top 10 fighters like Rivas until I get my well-earned shot at Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua.
“I can’t wait until July 20 to fight again at The O2 which is one of the best venues in the world for boxing,” he added.
The current form fighter outside the top three, Whyte is now the flag-bearer for the UK-based Pay-Per-View scene.
All his events are set to land of Sky Sports Box Office from now on. The vast majority of the bigger British names are either retired or competing in the USA.
Add to that the likes of Dave Allen v David Price on the undercard. Matchroom will be looking for fans to purchase at between £16.95 and £19.95 this summer.
Further bouts will be added to the undercard soon, although Allen v Price should be sufficient enough to gain a substantial following on the night.