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Dillian Whyte vs. Oscar Rivas was a heavyweight professional boxing match contested between Dillian Whyte and Oscar Rivas. The event took place on 20 July 2019 at The O2 Arena in London. The WBC interim heavyweight title was on the line. After the fight, it was reported that Dillian Whyte tested positive for a substance banned by UK-Anti Doping during training for the fight. However, this hasn’t been confirmed.[1]

Dillian Whyte vs. Óscar Rivas
Date20 July 2019
VenueThe O2 Arena, London, U.K.
Title(s) on the lineWBC interim heavyweight title
Tale of the tape
Boxer United Kingdom Dillian Whyte Colombia Óscar Rivas
Nickname The Body Snatcher Kaboom
Hometown Brixton, England Valle del Cauca, Colombia
Pre-fight record 25–1 (18 KOs) 26–0 (18 KOs)
Height 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 m)
Weight 254 lb 239.4 lb
Style Orthodox Orthodox
Recognition WBC
No. 1 Ranked Heavyweight
WBA
No. 3 Ranked Heavyweight
WBO
No. 3 Ranked Heavyweight
WBO
No. 5 Ranked Heavyweight
WBA
No. 7 Ranked Heavyweight
IBF
No. 8 Ranked Heavyweight
WBC
No. 14 Ranked Heavyweight
Result
Whyte wins via 12-round unanimous decision

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BackgroundEdit

Following his eleventh-round knockout victory over Dereck Chisora, Whyte called out unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. Joshua, who was unusually booed by many of those present at The O2 Arena, said: “If Deontay Wilder is serious and he is going to fight Tyson Fury and doesn’t want to become undisputed champion, Dillian, you will get a title shot." On 12 January 2019, Whyte revealed that he had turned down a "severe lowball" offer from Joshua to fight him in a rematch. Whyte did not reveal the figure, however, he claimed it was lower than what he received against Chisora in December 2018.

Whyte claimed the Joshua fight "was dead" and he was to look at other options, including a potential fight with Dominic Breazeale for the interim WBC belt but Breazeale challenged Deontay Wilder for the world title.[2]

NABF, IBF International, and WBO-NABO champion Rivas, had enhanced his reputation as a danger man following his brutal knockout of the former world title challenger Bryant Jennings in January.

The fightEdit

Whyte survived a ninth-round knockdown to take a unanimous decision victory, with two of the judge's scorecards showing 115-112, and the third 116-111.[3]

AftermathEdit

Three days after the bout it was revealed that Whyte tested positive for a substance that is banned by UK-Anti Doping during the pre-fight training, but also gave negative results on all tests administered by the Voluntary Anti Doping Association. His promoter Eddie Hearn urged fans to "wait for the facts" before judging the fighter.[4]

Fight cardEdit

Weight Class Weight vs. Method Round Time Note
Heavyweight 14 st 4 lb+   Dillian Whyte def.   Óscar Rivas UD 12/12 Note 1
Heavyweight 14 st 4 lb+   David Price def.   Dave Allen RTD 10/12 Note 2
Heavyweight 14 st 4 lb+   Dereck Chisora def.   Artur Szpilka KO 2/10 1:01
Cruiserweight 14 st 4 lb   Lawrence Okolie def.   Mariano Gudino TKO 7/10 2:59 Note 3

^Note 1 For WBC (Interim) Heavyweight title

^Note 2 For vacant WBA Continental Heavyweight title

^Note 3 For WBA Continental Cruiserweight title

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