Whyte wins unanimous decision after ninth-round knock down
Whyte extended his professional record to 26-1 after a unanimous decision win at the O2 Arena, recovering from a ninth-round knockdown to seal a win on the judges’ cards. Dillian Whyte finally emerged from the shadow of Anthony Joshua.
The win also sees the Brixton fighter become the WBC interim champion.
Whyte has been ranked as the number one contender by the WBC since November 2017 but victory over Rivas in London should guarantee him a second shot at a world title.
Whyte landed a huge right upstairs against his Colombian opponent early in the second round with Rivas absorbing some heavy punishment before coming back with some powerful punches of his own.
Whyte’s control of the contest grew as it wore on however, landing the more telling shots with Rivas, previously unbeaten in 26 fights, looked bereft of ideas.
The momentum shifted completely however in the ninth when Rivas landed a fine uppercut to send Whyte to the mat.
While Whyte made the referee’s count, Rivas swarmed his opponent for the remainder of the round with Whyte forced to cling on – albeit landing an eye-catching upper cut of his own before the bell.
Whyte rallied on however, finding the target in the final three rounds to end any debate over which direction the fight was going