Dillian Whyte Vs Oscar Rivas WBC Ruling Upsets Wilder And Fury – Hearn
The WBC has ruled the Dillian Whyte – Oscar Rivas fight a title eliminator, which has the WBC ‘interim’ belt and a mandatory WBC heavyweight spot for whoever emerges the victor at The O2 on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
The winner of the bout will be next in line to face the winner of the fight between The WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder and the Lineal heavyweight champ Tyson Fury, which is set to take place in the early 2020.
This according to Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn, will leave both Wilder and Fury unhappy, as they have tried everything in their power to avoid the “Body Snatcher”.
“I don’t think they’re very happy and they’ll try everything they can to try and get out of it, but now we have it solid,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“He’s wanted Wilder for a long, long time. Fury called him out recently and we have publicly accepted that challenge and he’s changed his mind, so I don’t think anyone wants to fight Dillian Whyte. That’s why we’ve had to force the mandatory position.
“It’s going to be interesting, but that’s again why we had to get this position, because no one is going to choose Dillian Whyte to fight.”
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However, Hearn sent a warn to Whyte about his fight with Rivas and claims his opponent is definite a very high risk due to their confidence in leaving The O2 with a victory on Saturday evening.
Hearn believes Whyte hashto be 100% ready to win the fight, citing the Anthony Joshua – Andy Ruiz situation and how nobody gives Rivas a chance despite the danger he poses and the WBC ruling, which takes everything to a whole new level.
“I had breakfast with [Rivas promoter] Yvon Michel this morning and he says he cannot see any way that Oscar Rivas loses this fight,” Hearn said.
“They’ve been watching the Chisora fights back, he’s said Rivas is going to put Whyte on the back foot from the first round. He thinks it’s going to be an absolute war and there are so many similarities in this fight to the Joshua-Ruiz build-up and the Whyte-Rivas build-up.
“No one really gives the opponent a chance, everyone is talking about the future, or something now. My worry in this fight is that Dillian has to be 100 per cent ready for war, and he was always ready for war, but I think particularly in this fight, because especially with the WBC resolution”.