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Whyte vs Rivas: Whyte to set up world title shot

Whyte vs Rivas Preview and Predictions

Dillian Whyte is the firm favourite in the boxing odds to beat Oscar Rivas at The O2 on Saturday night but believes he should be the underdog.

Whyte has been priced up at 1/5 to further enhance his claims for a shot at the world title with victory in London.

He has been the WBC's number one ranked heavyweight contender since 2017 but has yet to be given the world title fight he craves after being frozen out by Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua.

Fight night information

When is it? Saturday 20th July

What time will it start? 22:00

Where is it? The O2, London

Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Box Office

The 31-year-old from Brixton continues to earn his shot the hard way after agreeing to take on the dangerous Rivas in a fight that promoter Eddie Hearn insists is a final eliminator for Wilder's WBC belt.

Rivas has a strong amateur pedigree that includes wins against Andy Ruiz Jr, who stunned the sport recently by defeating unified champion Joshua, and Kubrat Pulev.

Whyte insists all the attention is on the undefeated Colombian, who is 7/2 in the Whyte vs Rivas odds.

"I'm nothing special," said Whyte at the final press conference on Thursday. "Once again I'm the underdog. The man over there has got everything.

"He looks good, has got the amateur experience, is undefeated and has a great team around him. He's got five people taking care of things for him.

"We'll see what happens on Saturday night. I've been here before, said many things, shouting and screaming. People have said this, have said that, but it's a good fight on paper. The guy is in great shape. Let's see what happens."

Whyte may claim he is the underdog but it is hard to agree. His only defeat in 26 professional fights was against Joshua in 2015 and a 10th straight victory can be expected.

There is little chance of complacency with such a prize at stake and Whyte should have the edge in terms of power, so we're backing the Briton to win inside the distance at 13/8.

For bigger odds, we like the look of 13/2 for Whyte to win between rounds seven and nine as the last of our Whyte vs Rivas predictions.

Whyte vs Rivas Betting Tips

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Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Boxing