Dillian Whyte vs. Oscar Rivas on July 20
As announced during the DAZN broadcast of David Allen vs. Lucas Browne, Dillian Whyte’s next fight has been made official, as he will compete at the O2 Arena in London, England, on May 20 against Oscar Rivas.
Whyte, who’s ranked as the No. 1 heavyweight contender by the WBC, has been chasing a heavyweight title fight for the past year. Prior to fighting Parker last year, Whyte thought he’d be guaranteed to be named the WBC’s mandatory challenger to champion Deontay Wilder. However, that went to Dominic Breazeale, while Whyte was ordered by the WBC to face Luis Ortiz in a final eliminator and by the IBF to face Kubrat Pulev.
After his wins over Parker and Dereck Chisora, Whyte negotiated to be WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO champion Anthony Joshua’s next challenger on April 13 at Wembley Stadium. Those plans, however, fell through. Whyte previously fought Joshua in a December 2015 British and Commonwealth heavyweight title bout, losing by knockout.
Since the loss to Joshua, Whyte has won nine straight, five by KO/TKO, and has risen into prominence in the heavyweight scene as a legitimate contender.
Unbeaten at 26-0, this bout will represent the biggest test of Rivas’ career. He defeated a UFC alumnus in MMA fighter and boxer Fabio Maldonado in December before scoring a 12th round knockout of Bryant Jennings in January to retain the NABF heavyweight title and win the IBF International and WBO–NABO heavyweight titles.