WBC hopeful Whyte claims underdog status for Rivas bout

WBC hopeful Whyte claims underdog status for Rivas bout

WBC hopeful Whyte claims underdog status for Rivas bout

'I don't want to fight these guys at 35, or 36. For me Oscar Rivas is the real deal but Dillian Whyte is a fighter who will raise his game when in with a high-class opponent.

"Massive banana skin, because I see so many similarities between the Joshua and Ruiz fight and the Whyte and Rivas fight".

Rivas is unbeaten as a pro but his stock rose significantly after stopping Bryant Jennings in the 12th round of their ESPN+ main event back in January. The Colombian has also previously picked up two notable scalps in the amateurs - Joshua-conqueror Ruiz Jr and Kubrat Pulev.

Dillian has come on from that night and I feel he has an opportunity to now set the world alight against a very live and risky opponent in Oscar Rivas. He's got a big skillset, loads of experience, he's a very experienced boxer.

Whyte, meanwhile, has been "learning on the job". It's stupid to go in the ring and overlook someone who's so risky.

A heavyweight overlooked, a challenger capable of wrecking plans, a reformed fighter turned cult hero and a boxer with pedigree who knows his career is on the line.

Whyte admits that training for Rivas has been hard, gruelling and unrelenting.

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Having taken quite a chunky break out of action, Whyte notes that those months were utilised to aid him in recovery from an unforgiving 2018. Let us know what you think.

Since losing to AJ in 2015, he has racked up nine wins and in recent years he has taken out that frustration on the likes of Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker. Camps are meant to be hell. "I had a busy year last year, lots of training camps and sparring, loads of rounds being punched in the head".

Despite the injury, Whyte gave a really good account of himself that night, came out of the bout with credit and was the first person to put a dent in Anthony Joshua, wobbling him with a crisp left hook counter.

"I think if I had to choose anywhere, I would say Cardiff".

But Whyte hasn't been best pleased leading up to the fight, showing his frustration at the heavyweight division. The former kick boxer also opines that the multitude of diverse cultures and races in the United Kingdom has helped grow the sport to an unprecedented level. "I've been asked to explore them, which we've been doing this week and at the weekend we will be making the decision".

"As Dillian Whyte said, sometimes these things can go on until June, but once you're mandatory challenger, you're mandatory challenger, that's what we've been pushing for for so long, so he's going to have to win on Saturday as it's all irrelevant if he doesn't get the win against Rivas". "He thinks everyone is overlooking him and he's going to prove this and he's going to prove that".

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