News | Apr 29 2019

Dillian Whyte: ‘Oleksandr Usyk won’t do well at heavyweight’

After Oscar Rivas, Dillian Whyte would be quite prepared to take on another risk. John Dennen hears why he is open to fighting Oleksandr Usyk
Oscar Rivas

LIFE, as far Dillian Whyte seems to be concerned, would be so dull without a little risk. Expect Colombia’s Oscar Rivas to be a dangerous opponent for him when the two fight at the O2 Arena in London on July 20. Beyond that, the Londoner would be quite prepared to take on Oleksandr Usyk, the undisputed cruiserweight champion who has moved up to heavyweight.

While Whyte waits, with increasing impatience, for a shot at one of the three big name heavyweights, Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury, in Rivas he has chosen about the most challenging foe available.

“I know that [Rivas] was a top amateur, went to the Olympics, beat a lot of top fighters that’s around now. A tough guy that’s undefeated, a good puncher, pressure fighter. He’s quite intelligent as a boxer as well,” Whyte said. “He’s undefeated, very highly ranked as well.