In a contest for the Interim WBC Heavyweight title, Dillian Whyte (26-1, 18 KOs) had to get off the canvas in order to record a unanimous decision over the formely unbeaten Oscar Rivas (26-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London.
Whyte looked to be cruising towards an inevitable points decision when a hard right uppercut from Rivas found its target, leaving Whyte on the canvas in the ninth, the American tried in vein to find a finish but Whyte survived the onslaught to win by scores of 115-112, 115-112, 116-111 to remain in pole position for a shot at the divisions ruler, Deontay Wilder.
Heavyweight David Price (25-6, 20 KOs) kept his winning streak alive by dominating Dave Allen (17-5-2, 14 KOs) over ten rounds on the nights undercard. Allen simply had no answers to the imposing Liverpudlian, quitting after the tenth.
Heavyweight Derek “Del Boy” Chisora (31-9, 21 KOs) needed only two rounds to extinguish any thoughts of Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (22-4, 15 KOs) leaving the capital with a victory, a right hook capping an impressive showing from the former Heavyweight title challanger.
Cruiserweight Richard Riakporhe (10-0, 8 KOs) scored a ten round split decision over Chris Billam-Smith (9-1, 8 KOs). Scores 97-92, 95-94 Riakpoehe, 96-93 Billam-Smith.