23RD APRIL UPDATE: BRITISH HEAVYWEIGHT DILLIAN WHYTE WILL FACE UNDEFEATED COLOMBIAN OSCAR RIVAS AT LONDON'S O2 ARENA ON 20 JULY - BUY YOUR TICKETS ON PRESALE NOW!!!
The Brixton heavyweight is tantalisingly close to a shot at one of the division's champions, but his No 1 ranking with the WBC will be on the line against Rivas, the Canada-based Colombian, who has 18 knockouts in 26 victories.Whyte brought an explosive ending to his rivalry with Derek Chisora in December, inflicting an 11th-round knockout, and he returns to the scene of that dramatic triumph in the summer.
"I am very happy to be fighting again at the O2 in July," said Whyte. "Oscar Rivas is undefeated and ranked in the top 10 across the board of all the governing bodies. He has been one of the most avoided heavyweight fighters in the last few years.
"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 10 fighters like Rivas until I get my well-earned shot at Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua.
"I can't wait until July 20 to fight again at The O2 which is one of the best venues in the world for boxing."
But 'The Body Snatcher' will be wary of the threat posed by Rivas after his heavy-handed opponent produced a final-round stoppage of Bryant Jennings in January.
The 31-year-old carried an impressive amateur record into the paid ranks, beating Kubrat Pulev in the 2008 Olympic Games a year after landing silver in the Pan-American games - and with 18 KOs in 26 fights since turning over, July 20 promises to be an explosive war between two in-form big-punchers.
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