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Dillian Whyte Becomes The First Fighter To Beat Oscar Rivas; Earns Fight With Deontay Wilder Next

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL - The British Dillian Whyte won the most important fight of his boxing career Saturday night at the Greenwich Arena in London, England. He became the first fighter toi inflict a defeat to the Montrealer Colombian Oscar Rivas. He won by unanimous decision in 12 rounds. In winning this WBC elimination bout, Whyte has the guaranty to face the WBC heavyweight world champion, the American Deontay Wilder (41-1-0), in the months to come. Now, with this result, White and Rivas have identical pro records: 26-1-0.

“Technically and strategically, I did the necessary to win this elimination bout, and I am ready to participate to a world championship bout now,” said Whyte in getting out of the ring. “Rivas is a good fighter, but no doubt I was better than him ion this fight. I dominate more rounds than him. I was perfectly prepared to this fight, mentally, physically and technically, and I just won the most important bout of my pro boxing career. I really believe I will become world champion in the months to come.”

Rivas did not meet the writers after his first lost in pro boxing.

The first two round where extremely intense, and each fighter got his good moments offensively,.

Whyte got a good third round, he attacks intensively during the two last minute of the round,.

The fourth, fifth six sixth rounds were very close, each fighter got his efficient moments offensively.

Rivas was very efficient in seventh round. He attacked intensively in each minute of the round.

The eighth ninth and 10th rounds where close. Each fighter got good punches.

Whyte got a good 11th round, with his jab and right hand.

The 12th and last round was intense and close. The judges scored the bout.

In the end the judges scored the bout 115-112, 115-112 and 116-111 for Whyte.

Just before the main event, the British heavyweight David Price improved his pro record to 25-6-0 and he won the WBC Continental heavyweight championship, with a victory by TKO at the end of the 10th round over his country man Dave Allen (17-5-2). Price who is very tall, prepared his intense attacks with his jabs. At the end of the 10th round, Allen surrendered.

The British heavyweight Derek Chisora increases his pro record to 31-9-0, in beating the Polish Artur Szpilka (22-4-0 )by KO in the second round.

The British Richard Riakporhe stayed undefeated in 10 pro bouts (10-0-0), in becoming the first fighter too inflict a defeat to his countryman Chris Billiam-Smith (9-1-0). Riakporhe won the fight by majority decision of the judges. Two judges scored the bout 95-94 and 97-92 for RiakPorhe, and the third judge scored the fight 96-93 for Billian-Smith.

The British Dalton Smith, a super lightweight, scored his second win in pro boxing (2-0-0) with a win by TKO over his countryman Ibar Riyaz. The Riyaz corner men threw the towel after the third round. Riyaz left the ring with a terrible record: six wins, 165 lost and four draws.

The WBC Continental cruiserweight champion, the British Laurence Akolie (13-0-0) kept his title in beating the Argentinian Mariano Angel Guidino (13-3-0) by TKO.

Akolie provoked the first knockdown of the bout in the third round with a left hook on the chin, and he sent again his rival on the floor three times in the seventh round, the first time with a hook on the body, the second time with a right hand on the jaw, and the third time with hooks on the head and the body. After the third knockdown of the round, the referee stopped the bout and declare Guiidino TKO.

In the opening bout of the evening, the British light heavyweight Dan Azeez improved his pro record to 9-0-0, in beating his countryman Charlie Duffield (7-2-0) by TKO in the sixth round.

Azeez attacked furiously in the sixth round, he sent his opponent on the floor, and the referee intervened to declare Duffield TKO after 2.49 minutes of action in this round.


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