At Londons 02 Arena, Brixton boy Dillian Whyte outpointed the undefeated bogeyman Oscar Rivas from Columbia, further solidifying his number one WBC position (behind champion Deontay Wilder.)
A thrilling bout from the offset with Whyte taking control with his powerful and busy jab, picking off the Columbian puncher and keeping him at range. In the 2nd, Whyte landed a beautiful 2 punch combination badly hurting Rivas, it looked like the fight may end early, but Rivas toughed it out to see the end of the round.
After several rounds of Whyte boxing superbly and controlling the contest with his lead hand, in the 9th round, Rivas connected with an uppercut and dropped the Londoner to the canvas. All looked like it might be lost for the heavyweight hopeful, but Whytes warrior heart saw him recover well and weather the storm, despite Oscars best attempts at a KO.
Whyte pushed on in the championship rounds, getting back to his boxing and securing himself a unanimous decision of 115-112 115-112 116-111.
On the undercard, former Whyte foe and Finchley veteran Derek Chisora scored a solid win against game Artur Szpilka in the second round. A huge right hand saw Szpilka violently knocked out, reigniting 35 year old Chisoras dreams of another world title shot.