Boxing specialist (@OltaiPaul) previews Dillian Whyte v Oscar Rivas and provides us with his best bets ahead of Saturday's WBC interim heavyweight title fight.

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Dillian Whyte v Oscar Rivas Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 20/07/2019
  • Time: 10pm approx UK.
  • Venue: O2 Arena, Greenwich, UK
  • Channel: Sky Sports Box Office (UK)

This fight intrigues me. On one hand we have a fighter with limited amateur experience who also came over from the world of kickboxing to the other fighter being a highly skilled amateur who holds wins in the amateurs over current heavyweight king Andy Ruiz and IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev.

At just 6ft Rivas is held at a big disadvantage against the larger Whyte who is 6ft 4, he will also give away anywhere above 20lbs come fight night which could be telling if the fight goes longer and he is made to keep pushing Whyte's larger bulk off him. But what he lacks in size he makes up for in boxing ability and this is where I feel he will cause the most problems for Whyte.

Whyte on the other hand has shown that even when he is being outboxed and outpointed like in the second Chisora fight he still has that equalising power to end the fight at any point, this may come more into fruition the longer the fight goes.

Key Stats & Facts

  • Whyte floored and beat Anthony Joshua in his first amateur fight.
  • Whyte has been number 1 in WBC rankings for over 600 days without a shot at their belt.
  • Rivas is a Columbian based in Canada and has fought 23 of his fights in his adopted homeland.
  • The winner of this is being lined up to fight the winner of the Wilder vs Fury rematch in 2020.

Betting Odds

  • Dillian Whyte 2/9 (WilliamHill)
  • Draw 33/1 (SkyBet)
  • Oscar Rivas 7/2 (SkyBet)

The Verdict

Both fighters have shown they have that power there to hurt and stop good fighters late on but also that they can be a little vulnerable themselves. This leads me to believe that both at some point may touch the canvas in what could be a scrappy affair in which I can see Whyte struggling with the shorter faster Rivas. I don't see Whyte outboxing Rivas and feel his method of victory if he where to win would come through a late stoppage. But my money will go on the bookmakers underdog in Rivas who I can see outpointing Whyte in a long hard fight for him.

Recommended Bets

  • 1pt – Rivas to by decision or technical decision at 8/1 (SkyBet)
  • 1pt – Both Fighters to be knocked down 8/1 (BetWay)