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Whyte to pass Rivas test? Get Dillian Whyte v Oscar Rivas betting tips

Leigh Copson 14 Jul 2019
Dillian Whyte (credit:Steven Paston/PA Archive/PA Images)

Dillian Whyte v Oscar Rivas predictions for the heavyweight fight on Saturday, July 20. Will Dillian Whyte move a step closer to the world title fight he has been pursuing for quite some time, or can Oscar Rivas send ‘The Body Snatcher’ back to the drawing board? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Dillian Whyte v Oscar Rivas

The fact that Dillian Whyte is once again involved in a fight that does not have a world title on the line tells you all you need to know about the farcical situation atop the heavyweight division right now. ‘The Body Snatcher’ boasts a 25-1 professional record and is riding a nine-fight win streak that has propelled him into the top three of the WBC, WBA and WBO rankings, but he is still being made to wait for a crack at one of the sport’s top prizes.

Anthony Joshua’s shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr has put on hold any hopes of a big rematch with his long-time rival this year, while Deontay Wilder is seemingly taking no risks with his opponent as he prepares for an inevitable rematch with Tyson Fury next year. Fury, on the other hand, did at one point suggest that he would be willing to face Whyte this year if the WBC ‘diamond’ belt was up for grabs, but he quickly performed a U-turn on that decision to leave still standing out in the cold.

Whyte did take a ‘stay busy’ fight last December when he agreed to face Dereck Chisora in a rematch that settled their rivalry once and for all, but he is not taking the same approach to his latest outing because he has given himself the tricky challenge of facing Oscar Rivas – a man who boasts a perfect 26-0 record, with 18 knockouts, and is ranked in the top 10 by the four main governing bodies in the sport.

The 31-year-old enjoyed a stellar amateur career which included wins over Kubrat Pulev and current heavyweight champion Ruiz Jr, and since turning professional just under 10 years ago he has been an active fighter, stepping into the ring at least two or three times a year. The problem for him is that he has been unable to secure bouts with fellow top-10 ranked fighters in order to catapult himself right into the title picture.

“He has been one of the most avoided heavyweight fighters in the last few years,” Whyte said when the fight was announced. “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 a world title].”

Rivas’ biggest career win so far came back in January when he stopped former world heavyweight title contender Bryant Jennings in the final round of their bout, but if he can get the better of Whyte here it will undoubtedly eclipse that win over the American.

“I have waited for this opportunity for a very long time,” Rivas said. “Dillian Whyte is an excellent boxer, a world-class fighter and the number one contender. He deserves all my respect for his accomplishments and I am grateful for the opportunity he is giving me. This is exactly the kind of challenge I was hoping to get. I am undefeated, I am planning to keep my perfect record in my quest to get the ultimate opportunity to become world champion.”

This is certainly one of the most intriguing heavyweight fights to take place over the past 12 months because both men can be considered the real deal. In Whyte’s own words it is the ‘underestimated’ versus the ‘overlooked’, but when all is said and done the winner of this bout must surely get his shot at one of the heavyweight division’s top prizes. The question is, who will that man be?

With a 69% knockout percentage and the nickname ‘Kaboom’, it is clear that Rivas has the power in his hands that could derail Whyte’s bid to finally land a heavyweight title shot, but I am confident that this is a serious test that ‘The Body Snatcher’ can pass.

Since losing to Joshua back in late 2015 he has improved with each and every outing, and his 2018 performance stacks up against anything offered by another heavyweight fighter – stoppage wins over Lucas Browne and Dereck Chisora sandwiching a decision win over former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker. Whyte is in the best form of his career, has matured massively since that defeat to Joshua and I expect him to continue riding that crest of a wave here. Rivas should pose plenty of problems and will not go quietly, but after 12 rounds it will be Whyte who has his hand raised thanks to the judges’ nod.

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