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Who will get a shot at the title?

Who will get a shot at the title?

Watch Dillian Whyte battle Óscar Rivas to become the number one contender on Sky Sports Box Office

Two of boxing’s most ferocious heavyweights are ready to tear it up on an unmissable night of action in London

Dillian Whyte v Óscar Rivas, Saturday 20 July, 6pm, Sky Sports Box Office. £20.95 for HD, £19.95 for SD. Booking now open

Keeping up with the heavyweight boxing division is no easy feat. With multiple champions, multiple contenders and multiple permutations, getting to grips with it all is enough to make you feel like you’ve been clobbered around the head by Andy Ruiz Jr. What’s certain in this ever-shifting landscape, however, is Dillian Whyte’s clash with Óscar Rivas on Sky Sports Box Office is going to be unmissable.

 

In fact, it’s unmissable for two reasons. The first is that the winner of Saturday’s gargantuan bout at London’s O2 Arena is likely to face either Deontay Wilder or Luis Ortiz next, with Wilder and Ortiz expected to duke it out for the WBC heavyweight title later this year. Whyte has been the WBC’s number one heavyweight contender for more than 600 days and is due a title shot, according to promoter Eddie Hearn. But his patience could ultimately count for nothing against an extremely tough opponent.

Dillian Whyte heavyweight boxer


The second reason Saturday’s showdown is unmissable – and it’s a pretty simple one – is that both Whyte and Rivas hit big and hit hard. Nicknamed “The Body Snatcher”, Whyte has won 25 of his 26 professional bouts, with two of those victories coming at the O2 against Joseph Parker and Dereck Chisora. His only defeat so far came at the hands of Anthony Joshua in 2015.

 

But in the aftermath of Joshua’s shock defeat to Ruiz in June, Whyte won’t be taking Rivas lightly. The Brit may have a significant height advantage over his opponent, but the Colombian steps into the ring with an unbeaten record of 26 victories from 26 fights. In short, you should expect a good old-fashioned tear-up at the O2, as two of the sport’s most fearsome competitors rock London.

 

And there’s more to get excited about this weekend than just Whyte’s encounter with Rivas. On the undercard David Price squares off against Dave Allen in a huge all-British heavyweight bout and Dereck Chisora goes head to head with Poland’s Artur Szpilka, while Lawrence Okolie mounts a defence of his British and Commonwealth cruiserweight title.

 

Want even more? With Richard Riakporhe defending his WBA Intercontinental cruiserweight belt against Chris Billam-Smith plus Charlie Duffield and Dan Azeez going toe to toe for the vacant Southern Area light heavyweight championship, it’s going to be an epic night of action.

 

Here’s how Whyte and Rivas shape up…

 

How to order

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But wait, there’s even more incredible boxing on the way…

Manny Pacquiao welterweight boxer

Manny Pacquiao v Keith Thurman, 12 midnight, Saturday 20 July (early Sunday 21 July), ITV Box Office. In HD, priced at £12.95. Booking now open

Live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas comes the hugely anticipated clash between Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao and Keith “One Time” Thurman as they battle for WBA supremacy in the welterweight division on ITV Box Office. And it’s a real 50-50 showdown this one!

 

The undefeated Thurman presents a sizeable and very real threat to boxing’s only eight-division World Champion. He has a ten-year age advantage, a natural edge in size and is arguably the bigger puncher. But after losing two years to injury, does Thurman still have what it takes? Failure against the 40-year-old Pacquiao would be a massive blow as to whether he can be considered one of boxing's greats.

 

The spoils for the winner are impressive, with a likely bout against the winner of the Errol Spence-Shawn Porter fight on the cards, which would unify the WBA, IBF and WBC titles.

 

This promises to be an incredible night of boxing!

 

How to order

Go to Home > On Demand > Live Events. To view your booking, once purchased, go to On Demand > Live Events.

 

To watch this event in HD you must have a TiVo® box or Virgin TV V6 box, powered by TiVo®.

 

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Repeats 9am and 4pm, Sunday 21 July.

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Repeats 1pm and 8.30pm, Sunday 21 July and Monday 22 July.