O2 Arena, London - For the vacant WBC interim-heavyweight title, Dillian Whyte (26-1, 18 KOs) got off the floor to win a dominant twelve round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Oscar Rivas (26-1, 18 KOs). (photos by Mark Robinson, Dave Thompson)
The scores were 115-112, 115-112, 116-111.
Rivas came out pressing forward, pushing Whyte back in the first round. In the second, Rivas was able to hang on when Whyte clipped him well and went after him with a lot of punches - but Rivas was able to weather the storm with ease.
Whyte was landing the better punches in the third. The jab of Whyte was controlling the action as the contest played out.
Rivas was doing a little better in the seventh, as he pressed the action. But Whyte punished him with a variety of punches in the eight.
During the ninth, Whyte was caught hard by an uppercut and went down. He was hurt bad and managed to fight Rivas off. Whyte came back in the tenth, he recovered well and seemed to have Rivas rocked from a few hard hooks. Whyte also controlled the action in the eleventh and twelfth with his boxing and jab.