Hellraiser Boxing News | Dillian Relishing Night of Even-Money Match-ups
WBC #1 rated Heavyweight Dillian Whyte takes on Oscar Rivas in a risky fight against an unbeaten former Olympian.
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Dillian Relishing Night of Even-Money Matchups
This Saturday, we have the year’s first Pay Per View event to be held in the UK, which features Dillian Whyte vs Oscar Rivas in the main event. As fans of London’s Hellraiser Boxing will recall, ‘The Villian’ appeared on several Hellraiser cards early on in his career. Jamaican born Whyte stands at 6 ft 4’ tall with a reach of 78 inches, compared to Rivas with a height of 6 ft and reach of 76½ inches.
Whyte, who came from a kickboxing background, returns to the O2 Arena to headline for the fifth time. Having already built a solid resume, he is aiming to continue his 9 fight unbeaten run and ‘The Bodysnatcher’ will no doubt be looking to use his hand-speed and punch variety to pave the way for an emphatic victory.
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To the wider audience, Whyte is best known for his thrilling fight with former unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in December 2015, In that fight, the ‘Brixton Bodysnatcher’ became the first man to hurt Joshua since he turned professional.
To the wider audience, Whyte is best known for his thrilling fight with former unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in December 2015, In that fight, the ‘Brixton Bodysnatcher’ became the first man to hurt Joshua since he turned professional. Subsequently, Whyte has found guidance from Mark Tibbs and now trains in the state-of-the-art English Institute of Sport in Loughborough. After pairing up with Tibbs, Whyte has gone on to win the British heavyweight title (W Ret 10 v Ian Lewison) and is now ranked number 1 in the world with the World Boxing Council after a successful 2018, which involved victories over two former world champions in Lucas Browne and Joseph Parker, before having a much anticipated rematch with old foe Dereck Chisora last December.
Colombian born and Canadian based Rivas, is not to be overlooked. He comes into this fight with a professional record of 26-0 with 18 knockouts and stands as someone who can cause a real threat to Dillian Whyte’s title chase. Despite being 4 inches shorter, Rivas gets great leverage in his shots and likes to target the body, in order to slow his opponents down, making it easier to then close the distance on his opponent. Despite being the shorter man, Rivas does have many other attributes that will come in useful in this fight. His strength, good head movement and an excellent engine that allows him to carry on working for the full 12 rounds, as was displayed earlier this year when he came from behind to beat Bryant Jennings by knockout in the 12th round, becoming only the second man to do so. Although he may be a slight unknown quantity to the casual boxing fan, Rivas is a former Olympian, (he beat former heavyweight title contender Kubrat Pulev in Beijing) -after beating current unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz in an Olympic qualifier.
Rivas is represented by top Canadian promoter Yvon Michel, who has managed many former world champions, including David Lemieux, Adonis Stevenson and most recently Eleider Alvarez. Rivas’ Olympic pedigree plus the fact that he attracted the attention of such a high profile promoter provides enough evidence that Oscar Rivas has the potential to be more than just a tricky opponent.
Stylistically, if Rivas is able to get any kind of momentum going, this could prove a very difficult night for Dillian Whyte. Even if Whyte does get his hand raised at the conclusion of the contest, Rivas certainly has enough in his armoury to make this a close fight and one where Whyte may have to opt to ‘win ugly’.
Despite being the taller man out of the two, the Brixton man often crouches, which will see him lose much of his height advantage. However, if he takes the centre of the ring and keeps Rivas on the end of straight shots, he may land enough punches to claim a valuable victory.
Of the two fighters, Whyte is perhaps the heavier handed when landing single shots, as seen by his recent concussive knockout victories over Dereck Chisora and Lucas Browne. There may be question marks over Whyte’s stamina after he had to battle his way through the latter moments against Joseph Parker and this doesn’t bode well as Rivas is well known for his tireless work ethic which allows him to land punches in bunches, that have plenty of spite in them. Another important factor in this fight, is both fighters’ punch output.
Rivas seems to relish going in to the trenches and will not flinch from turning this fight into a battle of attrition. Dillian Whyte will need to sustain his effort for the full 12 rounds. Despite having gone the distance 3 times, we saw against Joseph Parker that when he gets tired, he can be hurt. Whyte has hopefully worked on his stamina for this fight, because ‘Kaboom’ Rivas instinctively comes forward and is likely to be the aggressor for much of this fight.
The last factor we need to take into account, is the capacity to absorb punishment over 12 gruelling rounds. Dillian Whyte is renowned for his toughness but has been troubled by clean shots from Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker. Rivas’ capacity to soak up punishment is largely unknown in this department, because he has never faced a puncher on the same scale as Dillian Whyte since turning professional. Despite this, Rivas’ demeanour is supremely confident and until now has shown little signs of weakness.
Also featuring on this very good card are two more heavyweight fights. One is an all British dust up, between David Allen and David Price. In the other, Dereck Chisora is pitched against former world title challenger from Poland, Artur Szpilka. Further quality matchups feature cruiserweights Richard Riakporhe and Chris Billam-Smith and Charlie Duffield against Dan Azeez for the Southern Area Light-Heavyweight Title.
Finally, our prediction for the main event is… A Dillian Whyte knockout victory in Round 8. Oscar Rivas has not faced a top level fighter of the same calibre as Dillian Whyte since turning professional. In the first 3 or 4 rounds we believe Rivas will try to bully Whyte, but as they reach the middle stages, Rivas will slow down and Whyte will close the show before moving on to a world title shot.
Posted: 15th Jul 2019
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