Dillian Whyte climbs off canvas to win WBC world interim title

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Dillian Whyte is the new WBC world interim heavyweight champion after a dramatic points win over dangerous Oscar Rivas.

The Brixton puncher knew that winning on Saturday night at Greenwich’s 02 Arena would also make him mandatory challenger to Deontay Wilder, who holds the main version of the title.

But Whyte endured at least one torrid moment in the contest when he was dropped by a right uppercut in the ninth round.

The South Londoner survived some rocky moments straight after that as Rivas looked to find a knockout finish, before coming back in the closing stages of the round.

Colombian Rivas looked to have blown himself out and Whyte was back in control in the final rounds.

Two judges scored him a 115-112 winner while the other went wider at 116-111.

Matchroom Boxing, Dillian Whyte vs Oscar Rivas – WBC Interim Title and Final Eliminator for WBC World Heavyweight Title, The O2, London, 20 July 2019
Matchroom Boxing, Dillian Whyte vs Oscar Rivas – WBC Interim Title and Final Eliminator for WBC World Heavyweight Title, The O2, London, 20 July 2019
Matchroom Boxing, Dillian Whyte vs Oscar Rivas – WBC Interim Title and Final Eliminator for WBC World Heavyweight Title, The O2, London, 20 July 2019

Wilder is due to rematch Luis Ortiz in November and then also a second meeting with Tyson Fury in February.

The American knockout artist should have to defend against Whyte before May or be stripped.

Whyte said he would box again in November or December.

“I just keep showing up and beating these guys,” said Whyte, after claiming a 26th career victory.

“He is a world-class fighter and a top-class amateur and I controlled and dominated the whole fight.”

PICTURES BY KEITH GILLARD


Please support your local paper by making a donation

 

 

Cheques should be made payable to “MSI Media Limited” and sent by post to South London Press, Unit 112, 160 Bromley Road, Catford, London SE6 2NZ


Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has encouraged everyone in the country who can afford to do so to buy a newspaper, and told the Downing Street press briefing recently: “A free country needs a free press, and the newspapers of our country are under significant financial pressure”.

So if you have enjoyed reading this story, and if you can afford to do so, we would be so grateful if you can buy our newspaper or make a donation, which will allow us to continue to bring stories like this one to you both in print and online. Everyone at the South London Press thanks you for your continued support.


Get the latest local news delivered every week!

For information on having our paper delivered to your door click here or to join our emailing list click here and we’ll send you an email every time we publish our latest e-edition”

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *