Dillian Whyte vs Oscar Rivas officially announced for July 20 in London
Dillian Whyte will fight Oscar Rivas when he returns on July 20 at the O2 Arena in London.
The Brixton man was last seen knocking out Dereck Chisora in their December rematch and was hoping to challenge Anthony Joshua for his world heavyweight titles in April.
However, terms could not be agreed for the bout and AJ instead opted to travel to New York for a now cancelled defence against Jarrell Miller.
As a result, Whyte had to look elsewhere and has found a worthy opponent in Rivas who will likely make for an intriguing contest.
The Colombian established himself on the world stage with a dramatic final-round KO of Bryant Jennings in January and was subsequently linked with Tyson Fury.
Fury is instead facing Tom Schwarz, leaving Oscar Rivas free to travel to London and fight Dillian Whyte in the summer.
The show will be broadcast on Sky Sports Box Office pay-per-view with promoter Eddie Hearn targeting Joseph Parker vs Dereck Chisora and Denis Lebedev vs Lawrence Okolie for the undercard.
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“I am very happy to be fighting again at the O2 in July,” said Whyte. “Oscar Rivas is undefeated and ranked in the top ten across the board of all the governing bodies. He has been one of the most avoided heavyweight fighters in the last few years.
“His KO victory over Bryant Jennings sent shockwaves through the division. I am over the moon that he has accepted the fight. He has a great amateur and professional record, including a win over Kubrat Pulev.
“I am more than happy to carry on fighting top ten fighters like Rivas until I get my well-earned shot at Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua.”
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