By Arkham Watcher @ArkhamK9
Dillian ‘The Body Snatcher’ Whyte and Oscar ‘Kaboom’ Rivas will duke it out on Saturday July 20th for the number 1 spot for facing WBC heavyweight champion of the world, Deontay Wilder.
After a lengthy wait of almost 600 days for Whyte to challenge Deontay Wilder, Whyte has the opportunity to solidify his number 1 contention fight for a possible future showdown with Deontay Wilder. However, standing in his way is a tough, skillful and determined man, Oscar Rivas. The Columbian boxer has an outstanding amateur boxing pedigree with over 300 amateur fights who beat Kubrat Pulev and now, unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr.
Rivas is very fit, has heavy hands, throws many combinations and an overhand right that can ice out opponents cold as seen in his previous fights including a TKO win over Bryant Jennings earlier this year. Rivas 26-0 will test his might against Dillian Whyte who has a record of 25-1 with high profile wins over Dereck Chisora and Joseph Parker.
Whyte has big heart, very durable, uses a long stiff jab and punches incredibly hard to the body. He also has a killer left hook that is one of the most powerful punches he carries in the booming heavyweight division. So, how will this fight play out? Both fighters are mentally strong and know the importance of the fight.
Dillian will aim to keep the fight long, use his jab like he has done so against Chisora, Parker and Lucas Browne and tire out Rivas early on with his body punches. Due to Rivas being very muscle bound and carrying lactic acid in his muscles, this would be a tactic whyte should employ for a victory. Rivas should aim to use his jab which is very fast followed with the body punches he puts together. Both have aggressive and similar styles ,but this boxing game is a game of centimeters and both possess one party hat trick, power.
Rivas can set up his overhand right by exploiting dillian’s open guard by using combinations to overwhelm whyte and backing him up onto the ropes. This can also allow dillian an opportunity to counter with his left hook which is short and comes from the power of dillians feet and hips. This is a very even and competitive fight with Rivas possessing the speed, combinations and experience while Whyte has the timing, reach and tenacity to overcome adversity.
The night will be full of drama, Whyte may be up against his toughest test yet but has fought the higher level of opposition including Anthony Joshua, Robert Helenius, Joseph Parker and Dereck Chisora, while Rivas only has one noticeable win against former world title challenger Bryant Jennings.
An interesting observation is that Jennings has an 84 inch reach and Rivas was able to block and avoid the long jab for a while, Whyte has never faced someone as experienced or even as fit as Rivas so in terms of preparation for this fight Rivas may feel a little more comfortable in the ring at first.
We know whyte can take a punch and even when dropped by Joseph Parker in the 12th, he was able to get up and finish the fight to a points victory.
We haven’t seen Rivas been tested on the chin but was able to compete with a wide variety of styles in the amateur boxing world so he could have possibly experienced a range of problems which are very important to learn from especially when competing against a boxer of Dillian Whyte’s level. The crowd on July 20th will for sure be on Dillian Whyte’s side, but Rivas may provide the ‘Kaboom’ upset.
All we know is, two very volatile, dangerous and potent heavyweights will be slugging it out at the O2 Arena, and only one will be victorious. Tune in to find out and witness and epic fight!