Whyte vs Rivas: Dillian Whyte admits fight against Oscar Rivas is another massive gamble in career
"In my life, everything about me says warrior. That's what I do best."
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 29/04/19 2:37pm
Dillian Whyte believes he showed his 'warrior spirit' by taking the Oscar Rivas fight and admits defeat is unthinkable if he wants to finally secure a world title shot.
The Brixton man agreed a high stakes heavyweight clash with Rivas at The O2 on July 20, live on Sky Sports Box Office, even though he is within touching distance of a fight with WBC champion Deontay Wilder, or unified title holder Anthony Joshua.
In Rivas, he faces an unbeaten Colombian with 18 knockouts in 26 wins, but Whyte insists he is relishing another risky assignment after wins over Lucas Browne, Joseph Parker and Derek Chisora.
He's very, very experienced, very well-schooled as well, and he can punch.
Dillian Whyte on Oscar Rivas
"It's a massive gamble, he's a dangerous guy," Whyte told Sky Sports. "He's very, very experienced, very well-schooled as well, and he can punch. He's motivated as well. He looks strong."
Asked why he wanted the Rivas fight, Whyte added: "That's me, I'm a warrior by nature and by spirit. In my life, everything about me says warrior. I know how to do it. That's what I do best."
Whyte has been forced to wait for a fight against WBC champion Wilder, despite his status as the WBC's No 1 ranked contender, while he could not agree terms for a rematch with Joshua.
The 31-year-old remains unsure whether he will receive a world title fight next but admits he cannot afford a loss at this crucial stage in his career.
"I don't know. I've told the last three opponents, if I took them out, I'll win a world title, or I'll be fighting for a world title," said Whyte.
"I've beaten two former world champions in my last three fights."
Questioned about the possibility of a defeat, he replied: "Hell no. There's no losing round here. I will knock Rivas out. It's just a matter of when and what round I will knock him out.
I never try and give myself a time, but I've got a gut feeling already I'll knock him out.
"I never try and give myself a time, but I've got a gut feeling already I'll knock him out. He's going to be tough, he's going to be strong, he's going to keep coming. I'm going to knock him out."
But Rivas, who brutally stopped Bryant Jennings in January, is determined to stake his own claim for a world title challenge.
"It is the fight I've been working towards and wanting for such a long time," said Rivas. "Now I've got this chance, I've got to make the best possible use of it and the most of this opportunity.
"That's what I'm here for now to show what I can do and what I'm capable of.
"I prepared really, really well for the Jennings' fight. I want to put on a very good show on the 20th July, I hope that it's a real spectacle, a real show."