Dillian Whyte (25-1, 18 KOs) vs. Oscar Rivas (26-0, 18 KOs)
Saturday, July 20 at 5:00 PM ET
The O2 Arena, London, England
Free Boxing Pick: Over 9.5 rounds
Recommended Sportsbook: 5Dimes
Whyte and Rivas are both 31 years old with 26 pro fights and 18 knockout wins so this looks like a hard-hitting affair.
Oscar Rivas can be considered a borderline contender who wants to reach Dillian Whyte’s status. Rivas is undefeated for a reason, he had an accomplished career as an amateur, beating current WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. and top contender Kubrat Pulev and he is coming off the best win of his career, a TKO victory over former title challenger Bryant Jennings.
Dillian Whyte is already a true top contender on the verge of getting a title shot. His only loss was in a close bout against recently-deposed champion Anthony Joshua on December 12, 2015 and he holds big wins over Dereck Chisora (twice), Robert Helenius, Lucas Browne and Joseph Parker.
This could be Whyte’s last test before he gets a title shot, he is on a nine-fight winning streak and he is a former kickboxer and MMA fighter so he clearly knows what he is doing in the ring.
Most of Rivas’ fights have taken place in Quebec and this will be his first trip to the United Kingdom while Whyte will be at home. Whyte has had high-level fights before while Rivas is just tasting that level for the first time.
Rivas may be outsized by a more experienced and explosive fighter, who will be in his hometown but he has skills. Beating a respected fighter in his home country is never easy, the playing field isn’t always even in a scenario like this but if Rivas is patient this can be a close fight that lasts at least 10 rounds.