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Whtye beats Rivas but is no nearer real world title shot

Dillian Whyte impresses in a 12-round victory over Oscar Rivas but still has to wait a while to land his WBC heavyweight title shot, writes Ron Lewis
Dillian Whyte
Whyte's last outing came against Oscar Rivas in July Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
London • July 20

WHEN Dillian Whyte looks back on his career, it will be interesting to see what prominence he gives to the night he beat Oscar Rivas at the O2 Arena, London. It was the night he was finally handed a WBC belt featuring the words ‘World Champion’, but in reality it was just one more step on his gruelling journey through the sport.

Whyte had to get up from a ninth-round knockdown before claiming a unanimous points victory over Rivas, a Colombian who now calls Montreal home. It was Whyte’s 10th successive win since he lost to Anthony Joshua for the British heavyweight title in 2015. It earned him the interim WBC title, a reward as much for occupying top spot in the WBC rankings for more than 600 days as anything specific.

What Whyte really wants is a shot at the real WBC title, currently the property of Deontay Wilder. Eddie Hearn, the promoter, said the WBC had promised Whyte, the 31-year-olf from Brixton, a shot by the end of next May. He might have to wait a bit longer than that.


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