Heavyweight contenders Dillian Whyte of England and Oscar Rivas of Colombia will fight for the right to potentially face WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder. The two heavyweights are set to collide on July 20, 2019, in the main event of a Matchroom Boxing event at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Dillian Whyte vs Oscar Rivas
Dillian Whyte is the WBC silver heavyweight champion and WBO international heavyweight titlist. He is currently ranked as the 4th best active heavyweight by the Ring and is also a former kickboxing champion who held the BIKMA British Super Heavyweight title and European K1 crown.
The Jamaican-born British fighter stands 6-4 with a reach of 78 inches while fighting as an orthodox fighter. Whyte has a record of 25-1 with 18 knockouts. His only loss came at the hands of former champion Anthony Joshua. The Body Snatcher is coming off a knockout win over British boxing star Derek Chisora. Prior to that, Whyte also defeated former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker via unanimous decision.
Odds from Bet365 as of 6/19/19.
Oscar Rivas is the IBF international heavyweight champion and NABO heavyweight titlist as well. He was a silver medalist at the 2007 Pan-American games. He qualified for the 2008 Olympics by beating current unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz and in the opening round of the Olympics, he defeated former heavyweight champion Kubrat Pulev.
The 32-year old Rivas stands 5-10 and has a reach of 76 ½ inches while fighting out of the orthodox style. The native of Colombia has an unbeaten record of 26-0 with 18 knockouts. In his last bout last January 18, 2019, Rivas scored a 12th round stoppage or Bryant Jennings to keep his NABF heavyweight title.
I’m a little surprised why the boxing betting odds are that wide in Whyte’s favor. That’s because Rivas isn’t a bum. He has more amateur experience than Whyte and beat the likes of Kubrat Pulev and Andy Ruiz at that level. On the other hand, Whyte barely fought as an amateur. At the pro level though, it has been the opposite with Whyte having fought the likes of Joshua and Parker. Rivas also has good stamina for a big guy but Whyte has devastating punching power and I don’t think Rivas’ chin has been tested before. Whyte over-reaches sometimes and gets off-balanced often. Rivas has better defensive technique and instincts but isn’t elite at it. Whyte has an underrated jab and that may be the key in this fight if it goes the distance because Rivas struggled with Bryant Jennings’ jab. Rivas doesn’t hit as hard as AJ and Whyte has a solid chin. Whyte has very good punching power but Rivas has a decent defense. I don’t think this one’s ending prematurely. I’m looking at a fight that goes the distance and Dillan Whyte utilizing his jab to win key rounds. Prediction: Dillian Whyte
Dave Allen vs David Price
Dave Allen is the 6th best heavyweight in the United Kingdom and a former two-time challenger for the Commonwealth heavyweight boxing title. Known a the “White Rhino” for his toughness, Allen also fought for the WBC international heavyweight title in 2016 but lost to Dillian Whyte.
The White Rhino stands 6-3 and has a reach of 78 inches while fighting as an orthodox fighter. The 27-year old from Doncaster in South Yorkshire, England has a record of 17-4-2 with 14 wins by way of knockout. Since losing to Tony Yoka in France, he’s won four in a row, all by stoppage and all within seven rounds.
Odds from Bet365 as of 6/19/19.
David Price was one of England’s top heavyweight prospects early this decade but after a series of knockout losses, he’s fallen off the radar. Price was a bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and he is also a former Engish and Commonwealth heavyweight champion.
The 35-year old Liverpool native stands 6-8 and has a reach of 82 inches while fighting out of the orthodox stance. Price has a record of 24-5-0-1 with 19 knockouts. He’s lost three out of his last six bouts and all of his losses have come via knockout. After losing back-to-back fights for the first time in his career, Price has won two in a row, both ending in a stoppage. His last bout though ended in a disqualification after his opponent bit him.
This is a very interesting fight between two fighters who aren’t on the world level. Allen is European level at best while Price is well, just British level. Skill-wise, Price is better but Allen is tougher and has the better chin, which is important in a heavyweight bout. Price has the size and reach advantage here but he’s rarely used both to his advantage in his previous bouts. Price is also already 35 years old. That’s not too old in his weight class but not young as well. On the other hand, Allen is 27 and looks like he still has some room to improve, especially on defense. Allen’s poor defense means he’s taken damage but not as much as Price who’s got plenty of mileage and has been knocked out cold a couple of times before. I think this will be fairly competitive in the first four rounds with Price possibly ahead on points. But he has the tendency to gas out after four rounds so I expect Allen to come on after four and put the pressure on Price. I’m picking David Allen to win by late stoppage or by close but clear decision. Prediction: David Allen