Dillian Whyte vs. Oscar Rivas
|Date & Time||Saturday July 20, 2019, 5:00 PM (EDT)|
The O2 Arena
The Line: Whyte -513 / Rivas +407 -- Over/Under:
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Dillian Whyte and Oscar Rivas fight Saturday at The O2 Arena for the WBO International heavyweight title.
Dillian Whyte enters this fight with a 25-1 record that includes 18 knockouts. Whyte has won each of his last nine fights and he’s coming off a December win over Dereck Chisora. Whyte bat Chisora for the second time to put to bed a split decision three years ago, as he landed a nasty left hook in the 11th round, giving him his fourth finish in his last seven fights. Whyte hasn’t lost since being knocked out by Anthony Joshua, and he’s quickly putting himself in the conversation as best heavyweight in the world with this winning streak he’s riding. Whyte is 31 years old, stands at 6’4”, has a 78-inch reach and an orthodox stance. Whyte has very powerful hands, does a good job of working the body and usually throws combinations that’s followed by a left hand that can drop anybody when landed cleanly. Whyte wants to fight on the inside, as there’s not much footwork or movement at all to his attack and it can be a bit bizarre at times. However, Whyte does have underrated head movement and can be viscous on counters. There’s questions with Whyte and certainly room for improvement, but his power and punch accuracy is up there with some of the best. This will be Whyte’s 15th career fight in London.
Oscar Rivas enters this fight with a 26-0 record that includes 18 knockouts. This will be Rivas’ fifth fight since 2018, and he’s coming off a January win over Bryant Jennings. Rivas is coming off the best win of his career and now hopes to keep the hype train going with a career changing victory that would probably put him in the top-five conversation in the heavyweight division. Rivas is 32 years old, stands at 6’0”, has a 76.5-inch reach and an orthodox stance. Rivas is a massive guy who likes to come forward and just unload on his opponent with constant overhand punches and hooks to the head. Rivas isn’t shy when it comes to letting his hands go and he’s finished 12 of his last 15 opponents. If Rivas is allowed to control the pace and get comfortable offensively, he’s more than capable of giving anybody in this division a hard time. With that said, Rivas hasn’t exactly been tested up to this point and it’s going to be interesting to see if he can pick his spots rather than being a mad man offensively who swings for the fences. This will be Rivas’ fourth career fight outside of Canada.
This is not going to be an easy fight for Whyte by any means, and part of me wants to take a shot with Rivas and the big plus money. Rivas has been waiting for this opportunity for a while and his aggressive, power fighting style makes him a live dog. With that said, Whyte is the better pure boxer who not only has that aggressiveness he can tap into when needed, but he does a better job of picking his spots and is underrated defensively. Whyte should be able to take advantage of Rivas’ at times wild style and be more accurate with his shots that impresses the judges.
This is a highly entertaining fight, and I’ll give Whyte the edge in a decision.