Updated: Aug 2, 2019
Dillian Whyte got his hands on the WBC Interim Championship Belt and will finally get his shot at the WBC championship belt after another fantastic win at the 02 over the tough and unbeaten Columbian, Oscar Rivas.
Rivas came out to take centre of the ring with a high head guard and looked to pressure Whyte from outset. The first round rightfully went to the Columbian who was not afraid to let his hands go and just show Whyte it could be a long night ahead.
Things can change very quickly in heavyweight boxing and the second round proved that, a left jab and a right hook seemed to hurt Rivas. Whyte went for the finish but could not land that telling blow.
After the second round, Rivas clearly seemed bothered by the strength of Whyte and threw less punches as a result. The middle rounds were close but the better work came from "The Body Snatcher" doing what he does best, landing heavy shots to the body and slowly draining the fight out of the unbeaten Columbian.
However, Rivas’s corner were getting more animated as each round went on and he finally got some success in the ninth round after a well judged uppercut caught Whyte on the money.
Whyte had to climb up from the canvas for the third time in his career and did so. After the ref gave the standard 8 count, Whyte got back behind his jab and dominated the last two minutes of the round.
That round in particular just shows how far Whyte has come as a fighter, it would have been easy for him to start throwing hooks with Rivas in a shootout but managed to compose himself. The eleventh round showed signs of an exciting ending to the fight with both fighters looking to finish the fight with another KO on their record but neither could find that telling blow.
The fight ended with Whyte up on all three scorecards and scored a comprehensive unanimous decision, even with the knockdown in the ninth round. Dillian Whyte has now taken his professional fight record to 27(26-0-1). Considering Whyte has only had seven amateur belts, the improvement since the defeat to Anthony Joshua has been phenomenal.
Whyte will have one more fight before he gets his deserved title shot after being ranked number one by the WBC for over 600 days. Alan Drewett