BN Verdict | Jul 21 2019

BN Verdict – Whyte survives rocky Rivas test but the wait for a title shot goes on

Dillian Whyte recovers from a ninth-round knockdown to outpoint Oscar Rivas and win the WBC interim heavyweight title in London, writes Elliot Worsell
Dillian Whyte
Whyte controls Rivas (Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge)

DILLIAN Whyte is the new WBC interim heavyweight champion, as well as WBC mandatory challenger, following a unanimous decision victory over Colombian Oscar Rivas tonight (July 20) in London.

The title is essentially pointless and serves only to undermine Whyte and his progress, but the number one ranking, and the promise of a fight against WBC champion Deontay Wilder (or Luis Ortiz or Tyson Fury), are well-earned high-fives for a 10-fight win-streak and a thrilling 12 rounds spent in the company of Rivas.

Whyte, a narrow favourite going in, recovered from a ninth-round knockdown to win the fight by scores of 115-112 (twice) and 116-111. There were no complaints from the Colombian, nor his team, and the fight, competitive and high-paced, lived up to all expectations.