Whyte vs. Rivas Now A Title Fight
Dillian Whyte’s quest to become WBC world heavyweight champion has been granted new life on Wednesday, as his fight with Oscar Rivas on July 20th will now be for the governing body’s interim world heavyweight championship.
If Whyte or Rivas grab the win inside The O2 Arena on Saturday night, not only will they gain the WBC interim title, but Whyte can finally gain the status of mandatory challenger to Deontay Wilder’s WBC world heavyweight title.
This is the continuation of a nearly two-year odyssey for Whyte, who has been the number one ranked fighter in the WBC, but has been passed over by Luis Ortiz, Tyson Fury, Dominic Breazeale and Ortiz again, who is scheduled to fight Wilder on September 28th.
“I’m very happy that we have reached an agreement with the WBC and this makes Saturday night even more important” Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn said in a press release. “Dillian Whyte has faced all comers in reaching his WBC No.1 position and now he stands just one more test away from a shot at the WBC World title – it’s all on the line this Saturday at The O2.”