WHYTE VS. RIVAS WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER

DOORS 16:30

BOXING STARTS 16:50
 
4 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
ALEN BABIC 14st 11lbs 6oz v MORGAN DESSAUX 15st 6lbs
(Croatia)                                     (France)
 
LIVE ON SKY SPORTS FACEBOOK

8 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
FABIO WARDLEY 17st 6oz v MARIANO DIAZ STRUNZ 16st 8lbs 4oz
(Ipswich)                                 (Argentina)
 
LIVE ON SKY SPORTS BOX OFFICE
 
18:10 | 10 x 3 mins Southern Area Light-Heavyweight Title
CHARLIE DUFFIELD 12st 6lbs 5oz v DAN AZEEZ 12st 6lbs 9oz
(Canning Town)                                    (Lewisham)
 
10 x 3 mins WBA Continental Championship
LAWRENCE OKOLIE 14st 3lbs 4oz v MARIANO GUDINO 14st 3lbs 9oz
(Hackeny)                                             (Argentina)
 
4 x 3 mins Super-Lightweight contest
DALTON SMITH 10st 2lbs v IBRAR RIYAZ 10st 4lbs 3oz
(Sheffield)                              (Reading)
 
10 x 3 mins WBA Inter-Continental Cruiserweight Title
RICHARD RIAKPORHE 14st 3lbs 5oz v CHRIS BILLAM-SMITH 14st 2lbs 7oz
(Walworth)                                                 (Bournemouth)
 
10 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
DEREK CHISORA 18st 5lbs v ARTUR SZPILKA 17st 5lbs
(Finchley)                                 (Poland)
 
12 x 3 mins vacant WBA Continental Heavyweight Title
DAVE ALLEN 17st 3lbs 5oz v DAVID PRICE 18st 5lbs
(Conisborough)                        (Liverpool)
 
12 x 3 mins vacant WBC Interim Heavyweight Title
DILLIAN WHYTE 18st 2lbs v OSCAR RIVAS 17st 1lbs 3oz
(Brixton)                                  (Colombia)
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WHYTE VS. RIVAS PUBLIC WORKOUT QUOTES

WHYTE VS. RIVAS PUBLIC WORKOUT QUOTES
DILLIAN WHYTE:

“I’m good. I feel strong and fit. I saw Oscar Rivas throw a few punches in there and he looks strong and he looks big. His arms a dense, chest dense, legs dense, everything dense. He looks good.

“We’ve been working on the same things. We’re just trying to get better and better. People forget I had seven amateur fights. Most of my learning was done sparring guys like David Haye, David Price, Klitschko, Chisora, all of these guys.

“I fought a couple of these guys but I was their sparring partner at the start so my learning has been from training with these guys. I’m at a high level but I’m still learning. We just work on it until we get better and better. 

“Boxing is a strange sport. we’ve been told this for over 607 days and it ain’t happened yet. I just keep fighting. I just want to give the fans the best fights I can. I could have fought someone else. I’m still learning and I want to challenge myself so we picked Oscar Rivas.

“He’s not really someone that you pick. You fight Oscar Rivas if you have to fight him for a World title or as a mandatory challenger. What the heck, we’re in the game to try and make history and do the best we can. These kind of guys, if we I beat these guys, I’m piggy-banking on their amateur experience and their experience. This is another step in the right direction. 

“I don’t even know what the best of me looks like yet. Even the strength and conditioning guys keep saying to me ‘you don’t know your limit, we don’t know your limit because we haven’t been there yet’. There’s still probably another 20% or 30% of improvement left to come across the board. I’m just excited and working. The longer these guys leave me the better I’m getting.”

DAVE ALLEN:

“I don’t really care enough about anything in life for it to be a pressurised situation for myself.”If David Price loses against me I know it will upset him because I never boxed when he was the next Klitschko, I had never even boxed in my life.”So he must beat me otherwise it’s the end, where I will keep going. I’ve got no shame. I’ll fight anywhere, anyone. The pressure is all on him.

“It’s a massive advantage having Darren in my corner. I hope I don’t have to come back to the corner at the end of round one. I think it could go that quick, he hits hard enough and I hid hard enough and he’s fragile enough.

“If I hit him he could go and if he hits me I could go. That’s why it’s so intriguing because one of us will get knocked out at some point. It just depends when, how, where, who.

“I really excited to be involved in it, it’s a really exciting fight. I always wanted to be involved in these kind of fights. I’ve got all the respect in the world for David Price, I know what he’s capable of and I’m just excited by the whole week.

“I just want to keep going. I know what the prize is for this fight and I guess realistically that’s what has kept me going.

“I’m a lazy man, I like to eat, I like to go out and do things I shouldn’t do, so I do need something to keep me going and I’ve had that in this fight and I’ve got Darren as well to keep me on the straight and narrow.

“Everything has gone well for this fight, everything is 100 per cent. There’s no excuses, I’m really happy and when I’m happy I’m dangerous.”DAVID PRICE:

“It’s a pick-em fight for the public, so it’s going to be exciting to watch.

“Dave’s got a bit of momentum and I’ve got a bit of momentum. Dave Allen fits the bill for the next step up after Tom Little and Kash Ali. 

“No pressure whatsoever because I’m the B-side in this fight and it’s kind of nice, it’s refreshing because Dave Allen is the favourite.

“I know I’m capable and what I’m supposed to do on the night.”

Whyte vs. Rivas tops a huge night of boxing in the Capital.

Doncaster fan favourite Dave Allen (17-4-2, 14 KOs) tackles Liverpudlian Heavyweight David Price (24-6, 19 KOs) in a must-win domestic showdown, former World title challengers Derek Chisora (30-9, 21 KOs) and Artur Szpilka (22-3, 15 KOs) clash in an explosive Heavyweight match-up, big-hitting London Cruiserweight Richard Riakporhe (9-0, 8 KOs) defends his WBA Inter-Continental title against Bournemouth’s undefeated Chris Billam-Smith (9-0, 8 KOs), Canning Town’s Charlie Duffield (7-1, 6 KOs) clashes with Lewisham’s Dan Azeez (8-0, 5 KOs) for the vacant Southern Area Light-Heavyweight title, Lawrence Okolie (12-0, 9 KOs) defends his WBA Continental Cruiserweight title against Mariano Gudino (13-2, 8 KOs), Ipswich Heavyweight Fabio Wardley (7-0, 6 KOs) continues his march towards a title and Sheffield amateur star Dalton Smith (1-0) fights for the second time.
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WBC INTERIM WORLD TITLE ON THE LINE FOR WHYTE-RIVAS

Heavyweight contenders to battle for Mandatory Position
The World Boxing Council and Matchroom Boxing are delighted to confirm that Saturday’s bout between Dillian Whyte and Oscar Rivas at The O2 in London, shown live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US, will be contested for the WBC Interim World Heavyweight Championship. The winner of the bout will become Mandatory Challenger for the WBC Heavyweight World Championship, currently held by Deontay Wilder.

Whyte (25-1 18 KOs) has been No.1 in the WBC rankings since November 2017 and has overcome all challengers since to blast his way towards a deserved World title shot. ‘The Body Snatcher’, hailing from Brixton in London, put Derek Chisora away in devastating style in his last outing, the pair thrilling the Greenwich crowd in their rematch in December – before icing ‘WAR’ Chisora in the 11th round of their brutal clash. 

Rivas (26-0 18 KOs) is yet another dangerous challenger for Whyte to risk his World rankings with, and the Colombian comes into the bout on the back of his biggest win in the paid ranks. Rivas traveled to Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York in January and KO’d former World title challenger Bryant Jennings in the final round of their clash, underlining his dangerous potential to World titlists and fellow contenders.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said: “I’m very happy that we have reached an agreement with the WBC and this makes Saturday night even more important. Dillian Whyte has faced all comers in reaching his WBC No.1 position and now he stands just one more test away from a shot at the WBC World title – it’s all on the line this Saturday at The O2.”

Whyte vs. Rivas tops a huge night of boxing in the Capital.

Doncaster fan favourite Dave Allen (17-4-2, 14 KOs) tackles Liverpudlian Heavyweight David Price (24-6, 19 KOs) in a must-win domestic showdown, former World title challengers Derek Chisora (30-9, 21 KOs) and Artur Szpilka (22-3, 15 KOs) clash in an explosive Heavyweight match-up, big-hitting London Cruiserweight Richard Riakporhe (9-0, 8 KOs) defends his WBA Inter-Continental title against Bournemouth’s undefeated Chris Billam-Smith (9-0, 8 KOs), Canning Town’s Charlie Duffield (7-1, 6 KOs) clashes with Lewisham’s Dan Azeez (8-0, 5 KOs) for the vacant Southern Area Light-Heavyweight title, Lawrence Okolie (12-0, 9 KOs) defends his WBA Continental Cruiserweight title against Mariano Gudino(13-2, 8 KOs), Ipswich Heavyweight Fabio Wardley (7-0, 6 KOs) continues his march towards a title and Sheffield amateur star Dalton Smith(1-0) fights for the second time.

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I’M GOING TO BE THE LAST MAN STANDING SAYS RIVAS

‘Kaboom’ ready for “explosive fight”
Hammer-fisted Colombian Oscar Rivas is determined to be the “last man standing” at The O2 in London on Saturday July 20 following his huge Heavyweight clash with Dillian Whyte, shown live in the UK on Sky Sports Box Office and DAZN in the US. 

Rivas heads into the bout on the back of his biggest win in the paid ranks, travelling to Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY in January to KO former World title challenger Bryant Jennings in the final round of their fight. 

After crafting his skills as an amateur in his native Colombia, Rivas is steadily climbing the Heavyweight ladder and is now ready to seize his golden opportunity and propel his name to the top of the mix with a career-best win over ‘The Body Snatcher’.

“I have been waiting for an opportunity like this for years, and now it is happening. I am looking forward to showing people what I can do,” said Rivas. “I don’t care what Whyte is thinking. If he’s not thinking about me, that’s his problem.

“I have changed lots of things, technically I have improved. I moved to Montreal to train with Marc Ramsay who has improved lots of aspects of my boxing. I am a technical boxer but I also have a big heart. This is what makes me a better boxer. But we are Heavyweights and one shot can change anybody’s plans.”

The Canadian-based 32-year-old carried an impressive amateur record into the paid ranks, beating Kubrat Pulev in the 2008 Olympic Games a year after landing silver in the Pan-American games – and with 18 KOs in 26 fights since turning over, ‘Kaboom’ is predicitng an explosive war between two in-form big-punchers.

“Whyte is a really strong guy, but I think with my technique, my speed, my power, my experience, I’m going to get on top,” he added. “That’s a guy that I can beat, but he’s strong, so I have to be very well prepared, and I will be. Each of us will show what we’re made of on Saturday and we can produce one of the best fights of the year.

“It’s going to be an explosive fight. I cannot wait until the bell rings and then I’m going to make sure that I’m going to continue my rise. I know that Whyte is going to try to make me lose my first fight, but it won’t happen. I don’t give predictions, but I can say this, I’m going to be the last man standing.”Whyte vs. Rivas tops a huge night of boxing in the Capital.

Doncaster fan favourite Dave Allen (17-4-2, 14 KOs) tackles Liverpudlian Heavyweight David Price (24-6, 19 KOs) in a must-win domestic showdown, former World title challengers Derek Chisora (30-9, 21 KOs) and Artur Szpilka (22-3, 15 KOs) clash in an explosive Heavyweight match-up, big-hitting London Cruiserweight Richard Riakporhe (9-0, 8 KOs) defends his WBA Inter-Continental title against Bournemouth’s undefeated Chris Billam-Smith (9-0, 8 KOs), Canning Town’s Charlie Duffield (7-1, 6 KOs) clashes with Lewisham’s Dan Azeez (8-0, 5 KOs) for the vacant Southern Area Light-Heavyweight title, British Cruiserweight champion Lawrence Okolie (12-0, 9 KOs) returns, Ipswich Heavyweight Fabio Wardley (7-0, 6 KOs) continues his march towards a title and Sheffield amateur star Dalton Smith (1-0) fights for the second time.
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DAZN TO STREAM WHYTE-RIVAS AROUND THE WORLD

The Heavyweight title eliminator between Dillian Whyte and Oscar Rivas for the number one spot in the WBC will be streamed live in all DAZN markets on Saturday, July 20, from The O2 in London. DAZN is available across four continents with the service available in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Japan and Brazil.

Whyte (25-1 18 KOs) holds the number one slot with the WBC and puts that on the line as the hard-hitting ‘Body Snatcher’ continues to blast his path to a World title shot. The Brixton banger put Derek Chisora away in devastating style in his last outing, the pair thrilling the Greenwich crowd in their rematch in December – before icing Del Boy in the 11th round.

The 31-year-old Briton will be gunning for a tenth straight win against Rivas, with wins over Joseph Parker, Robert Helenius and Lucas Browne sandwiched between his two wins over Chisora. Whyte has become a must-watch fighter since rocking old foe Anthony Joshua in their battle at The O2 in December 2012, and yet again takes on a high-risk challenge as he cements his spot as the leading Heavyweight contender in the world.

Rivas (26-0 18 KOs) is yet another dangerous challenger for Whyte to risk his number one rankings with, and the Colombian comes into the bout on the back of his biggest win in the paid ranks. Rivas traveled to Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York in January and KO’d former World title challenger Bryant Jennings in the final round of their clash, underlining his dangerous potential to World titlists and fellow contenders.

In the United States, action will begin on DAZN at 1:00 p.m. ET with the full six-fight Matchroom Boxing undercard from The O2 in London.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said: “This is a huge night of Heavyweight boxing and I’m excited that DAZN subscribers will get to watch it live. Dillian Whyte, who has proved himself as one on the best Heavyweights on the planet, takes on the relentless and unbeaten Oscar Rivas who is coming off a brutal KO of Bryant Jennings. Brit Derek Chisora faces off against Poland’s Artur Szpilka and crowd favourite Dave Allen tackles David Price in a big domestic shootout. Tune in and don’t miss it!”

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DILLIAN WHYTE MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES AND IMAGES

Dillian Whyte Media Workout ahead of his fight against Oscar Rivas at the O2 Arena on the 20th July 2019. 9th July 2019 Picture By Mark Robinson
“He can look for it but it will land at some point”
On training in Loughborough:

“Training up here is really good, it’s the best place that I’ve ever trained. Being here, everything is under one roof and they’re looking after me, tracking everything that I’m doing and seeing where I’m at. They’re very realistic with where I should be and where I am and how hard I need to work and stuff.”
 
“I have a look to see where I’m at numbers wise to see where I’m at with this training camp compared to other camps, what’s going on, how far I’ve come and when was my best one. Some camps are better than others and flow smoother than others. 

On his relationship with trainer Mark Tibbs:
 
“Me and Mark get on well. We have a good relationship. I’ve got a lot of respect for him and he’s got a lot of respect for me. We get on. Training camp is never a struggle with Mark. At the start it can be a bit glitchy here and there but once we get moving it just falls into place.”

On Oscar Rivas claiming he is being overlooked by Whyte:
 
“I’m probably the most underestimated boxer in the world. People always talk some rubbish every time I fight them. We see it time and time again, they say this and they say that. I’ve done nothing but praise Rivas, he beat Pulev and Andy Ruiz in the amateurs, he was a top amateur. 26 fights, 26 wins in the pros, 18 knockouts, just beat Jennings.

“This for him in his World title, or whatever. For him it’s a big thing. He thinks everyone is overlooking him and he’s going to prove this and he’s going to prove that. I do that every fight. This isn’t a fight that I’m going to change my mindset for. This has been like this my whole career.”

Fight prediction:
 
“Everyone I step in the ring with I believe I’m going to stop them man. Sometimes I don’t get the stoppage but I do try my hardest. I do what I need to do and I focus on me. I train hard and I don’t leave no stone unturned. I don’t overlook anyone and I graft to make sure I was better than the last time out. I don’t really care what these guys are going to do. They all have two hands and two legs, they’re going to do the same thing, jab, uppercuts, hooks, overhand, whatever. It’s a different challenge, different mindset, fresher guy as people say.”

On his devastating left hook:
 
“He can look for it but it will land at some point. I’ve got a massive arsenal of other punches as well. I’ve got a good right hand, good jab, good uppercut as well. Hopefully he’ll be looking for the left hook and that will leave him open for something else and I’ll get to showcase one of my other devastating punches.”

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WHYTE FACES RIVAS IN LONDON SHOWDOWN

‘Body Snatcher’ welcomes unbeaten ‘Kaboom’ to the capital on July 20
Dillian Whyte will face Oscar Rivas for the number one Heavyweight spot in the WBC at The O2 in London on Saturday July 20, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
 
Whyte (25-1 18KOs) holds the number one slot with the WBC and puts that on the line as the hard-hitting ‘Body Snatcher’ continues to blast his path to a World title shot. The Brixton banger put Derek Chisora away in devastating style in his last outing, the pair thrilling the Greenwich crowd in their rematch in December – before icing Del Boy in the 11th round.
 
The 31-year-old Briton will be gunning for a tenth straight win against Rivas, with wins over Joseph Parker, Robert Helenius and Lucas Browne sandwiched between his two wins over Chisora. Whyte has become a must-watch fighter since rocking old foe Anthony Joshua in their battle at The O2 in December 2012, and yet again takes on a high-risk challenge as he cements his spot as the leading Heavyweight contender in the world.
 
Rivas (26-0 18KOs) is yet another dangerous customer for Whyte to risk his number one rankings with, and the Colombian comes into the bout on the back of his biggest win in the paid ranks. Rivas travelled to Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY in January and KO’d former World title challenger Bryant Jennings in the final round of their clash, underlining his dangerous potential to World titlists and fellow contenders, with ‘Kaboom’ ranked at number ten with the WBC, seven in the IBF and a lofty five with both the WBA and WBO.
 
The Canadian-based 31 year old carried an impressive amateur record into the paid ranks, beating Kubrat Pulev in the 2008 Olympic Games a year after landing silver in the Pan-American games – and with 18 KOs in 26 fights since turning over, July 20 promises to be an explosive war between two in-form big-punchers, with huge stakes on the line.
 
“I am very happy to be fighting again at The O2 in July,” said Whyte. “Oscar Rivas is undefeated and ranked in the top 10 across the board of all the governing bodies. He has been one of the most avoided heavyweight fighters in the last few years. 
 
“His KO victory over Bryant Jennings sent shockwaves through the division and Tyson Fury just turned down ESPN/Top Rank’s offer to fight him. I am over the moon that he has accepted the fight. He has a great amateur and professional record, including a win over Kubrat Pulev. 
 
“I am more than happy to carry on fighting top 10 fighters like Rivas until I get my well-earned shot at Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua. 
 
“I can’t wait until July 20 to fight again at The O2 which is one of the best venues in the world for boxing.”
‘‘I have waited for this opportunity for a very long time,” said Rivas. “Dillian Whyte is an excellent boxer, a World class fighter and the number one contender. He deserve all my respect for his accomplishments and I am grateful for the opportunity he is giving me.

“This is exactly the kind of challenge I was hoping to get. I am undefeated, I am planning to keep my perfect record after July 20 in my quest to get the ultimate opportunity to become World champion.”

“This is a great fight with both men coming off explosive late knockouts,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Rivas is undefeated and looking to take Dillian’s number one spot but as we know, The O2 has become a fortress for him of late and this is set to be another war. We are planning a huge night of boxing on July 20 with a monster card topped by the brilliant heavyweight headliner.” 

“First I would like to thank Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing who made a proposal impossible to turn down,” said Yvon Michel, President of Groupe Yvon Michel. “Oscar Rivas was willing to step up and face Anthony Joshua for June in New York and representations were made.

“It might not be his turn now but instead he is extremely happy, to be earning an eventual World title opportunity, by proving he is the best amongst the contenders against the outstanding Dillian Whyte. On July 20 a new star will be born!”

Adam Smith, Head of Sky Sports Boxing, said: “Dillian Whyte is risking it all again as he battles the dangerous Oscar Rivas at The O2, which has become a happy hunting ground for ‘The Body Snatcher.’“Dillian has already delivered exciting wins over Joseph Parker and Derek Chisora at the same venue, but he could have his hands full against Rivas, the unbeaten Colombian with his own world ambitions.“Expect another enthralling showdown when Whyte returns in the summer, and we expect to have a stacked card before a sizzling main event.”

Tickets for Whyte vs. Rivas are priced £40, £60, £80, £100, £150, £200, £300, £500 and £1,000 VIP.

Tickets are available to purchase for O2 Priority customers on Tuesday 23 April at midday via The O2 (www.theo2.co.uk) and go on sale to Fight Pass members on Wednesday 24 April at midday via StubHub (www.stubhub.co.uk)

General Sale tickets are available to purchase at midday on Thursday April 25 from StubHub (www.stubhub.co.uk), The O2 (www.theo2.co.uk) and Matchroom Boxing (www.matchroomboxing.com
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WHYTE VS. CHISORA 2 WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER


DOORS 16:45

BOXING STARTS 17:00
 
4 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
FABIO WARDLEY 16st 6lbs 8oz v PHIL WILLIAMS 17st 9lbs 4oz
(Ipswich)                                         (Bristol)
 
17:20 LIVE ON SKY SPORTS FACEBOOK
 
6 x 3 mins Middleweight contest
LINUS UDOFIA 11st 9lbs 8oz v PAVOL GARAJ 11st 7lbs 1oz
(Nigeria)                                      (Slovakia)
 
18:00 LIVE ON SKY SPORTS BOX OFFICE
 
12 x 3 mins British Featherweight Championship
RYAN WALSH 8st 13lbs 8oz v REECE BELLOTTI 8st 13lbs 2oz
(Cromer)                                    (Watford)
 
8 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
DAVID PRICE 18st 1lb 3oz v TOM LITTLE 18st 6lbs 7oz
(Liverpool)                              (Hatfield)
 
10 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
CARLOS TAKAM 18st 2lbs 1oz v SENAD GASHI 16st 4lbs 1oz
(France)                                         (Germany)
 
12 x 3 mins WBC Flyweight Championship
CRISTOFER ROSALES 7st 13lbs 8oz v CHARLIE EDWARDS 7st 13lbs 8oz
(Nicaragua)                                               (Croydon)
 
10 x 3 mins WBA International Light-Heavyweight Championship
JOSHUA BUATSI 12st 6lbs 5oz v RENOLD QUINLAN 12st 3lbs 6oz
(Croydon)                                      (Australia)
 
12 x 3 mins WBC Silver and WBO International Heavyweight Championships
DILLIAN WHYTE 17st 8lbs 8oz v DEREK CHISORA 17st 8lbs 3oz
(Brixton)                                         (Finchley)

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WHYTE VS. CHISORA 2 PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

Picture By Mark Robinson.


Eddie Hearn: “There’s a great narrative for this and we didn’t necessarily need it. The first fight was one of the best 12 rounds of action we have ever seen.

“This is the fight people are talking about on the streets. We will get another unbelievable night on Saturday, there is so much at stake. “There is a different vibe. They have shared a ring already. Chisora looks unbelievable – the leanest he has ever looked. “Dillian has improved – he is punching harder. But can he out-box him? It’s about pride. They don’t like each other. It’s about heart. It’s about skill as well, but more about will.”

Adam Smith, Head of Sky Sports Boxing:

“Here we go again. One of the great fights we’ve seen in recent years – two years ago between Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora, it had to happen again.

“A lot of change has happened in those two years. Both of them are coming off terrific victories in the summer on a wonderful night at The O2. 

“It’s a massive fight three days before Christmas – a real pre Christmas cracker, December 22nd at The O2 and what a time for the both of them as well with Heavyweight boxing the talk around the World.” David Haye, CEO of Hayemaker Boxing: 

“Derek has had opportunities in the past but hasn’t capitalised. Experience tells him that he needs to work hard, and sacrifice. “When he stands on the scales tomorrow, you will see the difference. I have felt his power and presence and ferocity in the ring. “He realises a performance like he produced two years ago won’t be good enough to beat the 2018 version of Whyte. The heat brought to Dillian will put him in an uncomfortable zone. “He will be let off the leash to do some serious damage. I like the energy and intensity of both fighters. Both teams believe they will win this, but I’m glad to be on team Chisora. “Derek is like a stream train going full steam ahead. This fight can only be better than last time, they’re both fitter and faster. “It’s got everything to be another fight of the year.” Dillian Whyte – Brixton, London – 24-1, 17 KO’s – defending his WBC Silver and WBO International Heavyweight titles against Derek Chisora: “He won’t be pounding me, there’s levels to this thing. I’m used to people trying to get into my head. I don’t think even Derek himself knows what he is doing.

“I’ve had good learning fights and there’s still a lot more to come – I’ll fight anybody. I’ll do whatever it takes to get the win, I conserve my energy, I’m relaxed.

“Let Derek do all the talking, you will see on fight night. There’s a different animal in front of him this time. There will be blood on Saturday night.” Derek Chisora – Finchley, London – 24-1, 17 KO’s – challenging Dillian Whyte for his WBC Silver and WBO International Heavyweight titles:

“I am born again. I gave my life to the Lord. By doing that, I became a better person. My good friend David put me through my paces.

“I’ve rebuilt and come back. I’m in a great place. It’s going to be a seek and destroy mission on Saturday. Our game-plan is to bite the gum shield, seek and destroy.

“The tables are screwed down so I can’t move them! I won’t do that anymore. I can’t afford rely on the judges. I will pound him, hit him, pound him, hit him.”

Mark Tibbs, trainer of Dillian Whyte:

“99.9% of the time a good boxer will beat a good brawler. He’s not only just a boxer, he’s a boxer fighter. As long as we get it right on the night, which we will do, we will box and fight our way to a very good victory.”

Don Charles, trainer of Derek Chisora:

“Training camp has gone remarkably well. When different teams get together it’s always a gamble, but I can honestly say that it’s gone really well. 

“I haven’t got an awful lot to say. Tune in on Saturday night and all will be revealed.”

Joshua Buatsi – Croydon, England – 8-0, 6 KO’s – making the second defence of his WBA International Light-Heavyweight title against Renold Quinlan: 

“This is win at all costs. I’ve prepared for ten hard rounds but if I see an opportunity, I’ll be going for it. I feel my team has made it very clear that we’re more than open for these fights.”

Renold Quinlan – Redfern, Australia – 12-3, 8 KO’s – challenging Joshua Buatsi for his WBA International Light-Heavyweight title: “Jumping up to Light-Heavyweight, I feel stronger and more powerful. Everyone will see a different Renold Quinlan on Saturday night. I want to take that belt back home to Australia.” Cristofer Rosales – Managua, Nicaragua – 28-3, 19 KO’s – making the second defence of his WBC Flyweight World title against Charlie Edwards:  “We’re extremely excited about the fight ion Saturday, As Charlie said, it’s his dream and he’s hoping for it to come true. “Well it was my dream and I made it come true, and I don’t want to wake up. I’m here to keep my belt and I won’t leave it here.” Charlie Edwards – Croydon, England – 13-1, 6 KO’s – challenging Cristofer Rosales for the WBC Flyweight World title: “Thanks to Rosales for giving me the shot. I haven’t put a lot of pressure on myself. I believe in myself and believe I will take the belt. “It will be a hard, tough fight, no stone has been left unturned. Two years ago, I was chucked in the deep end and it made me realise what I had to do to become a world level fighter. “This is my time, this will be a dream come true. I believe this is my time.” Ryan Walsh – Cromer, England – 22-2-2, 11 KO’s – making the fifth defence of his British Featherweight title against Reece Bellotti: “I think I have been on the scene a long time. My first British title fight was five years ago. “I made a point to myself that if this is it, I’m going to be the best British Champion I can be. I’m grateful in some ways that everything has played out this way. “I sit here and feel I’m the uncrowned European Champion. But I wouldn’t change anything. I think I’ve got a European title in me at least but I’m fully focused on Bellotti this Saturday. It’s going to be a cracker.”

Reece Bellotti – Watford, England – 13-1, 11 KO’s – challenging Ryan Walsh for the British Featherweight title:

“This is a huge fight for me. It was a big lesson against Doyle. It’s not going to be an easy fight but the styles will gel and I’m going in confident. 

“I got to a stage in my career where I thought I could blast everyone out. The loss was a big lesson and hopefully I can turn it around. “Our styles will gel well, I need a good game-plan and have to bring something different.” David Price – Liverpool, England – 22-6, 18 KO’s – fighting Tom Little in a eight round Heavyweight contest: “I’ve had a fantastic camp. Tom is a serious fighter. The sparring we’ve done before tells me there’s going to be fireworks from the off. May the best man win. “I’m pleased that I’m fighting someone like Tom Little. Tom is a serious fighter and he’s a test. We do gel as styles, so you can look forward to an excellent fight. “If I can get the win, which I’m expecting to, you can take care of the rest, Eddie.” Tom Little – Hatfield, England – 10-6, 3 KO’s – fighting David Price in a eight round Heavyweight contest: “This is a massive opportunity. Everything for me in this sport is a bonus, I’ll go out and let my hands go. I have a heart the size of this building.  “I’m friends with David, he looks in great shape and I’m sure we will deliver a banger. This is a massive step-up, me and David have done many rounds and it was very painful!” Fabio Wardley – Ipswich, England – 4-0, 3 KO’s – fighting Phil Williams in a four round Heavyweight contest:

“I can’t wait to get out there. Thank you to Dillian for bringing me onboard and giving me the opportunity. This is what I’ve been working towards. I’m ready to go out there and show off on the big stage.”

Linus Udofia – Luton, England – 11-0, 6 KO’s – fighting Pavol Garaj in a six round Middleweight contest:

“Thank you for the opportunity to be here. I didn’t go to the Olympics, didn’t really do too much in the amateurs. I’ve just grafted my way up the hard way and I’m happy to be here. This is what I’ve been grafting for a while for – a chance on the big stage.”

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CHISORA: “I’M GOING TO WAR. I HOPE HE’S READY TO GO WHERE I’M GOING TO GO”


London (18 December 2018) Bitter British heavyweight rivals Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora collide in one of the most eagerly awaited rematches in recent years at The O2 in London on December 22, exclusively live in the UK on Sky Sports Box Office and on DAZN in the US.
The charismatic, unpredictable, but exciting Chisora spoke candidly with Love Island 2018 runner-up Josh Denzel and gave an interesting insight on a number of points around the big-fight this Saturday night.

On the rematch…
The first fight was a great fight but they gave it to him, and I was like, why? because I did more work than this guy and they gave it to him because he’s the home fighter. I kept on saying, I want the rematch, I want the rematch, and they didn’t want to give it to me and they were pushing Dillian towards AJ, and then suddenly people kept saying they want the rematch, so they gave it to me.

On joining Hayemaker…
I joined up with the Hayemaker and he said listen, this is how champions train if you want to be a champion you have to do this work right now and then afterwards you can enjoy the victory.
I got Don my trainer to give me his number, I called him, he didn’t answer, he didn’t answer because he didn’t have my number. I sent him a message, it’s DC, can you call me me, and then after I called him he answered, I said I’m going to come and see you, it’s Dereck Chisora, “Ahh Cool, come meet me at the Park Plaza,” I met him there and had a chat.

On the memorable fight with David Haye…
When I had the argument with David and then the fight, we had the fight and he won and that was it, there was nothing else to talk about, he’s won the fight fair and square so, like, that’s it. And there’s a bit of banter sometimes when I see him, like, I don’t like you’re cane rows…he rocks them nice though!
“When I sat down with him, I said listen, I’ve changed so many things in my life I need a great manager, somebody who can help me achieve that next step, and he looked at me and he’s goes, “If I’m going to do it, I want to do it 100% percent for you.”.

On religion…
I lost the fight in Monaco which I was not supposed to lose and then, as I was giving my interview, something said, you know what?, you just need to give yourself to the Lord. It’s made me a better person.
Like the big man, Tyson (Fury), himself, you listen to his interviews, all I heard him say is “praise God, praise God,” because he went and believed that little bit of Jesus which helped him to come back as a great fighter he is.

On being the baddest man on the planet…
Yes I am, listen, when we get in the ring, people are going realise, WOW! It’s going to be amazing!

On how he got into boxing…
I was fat kid, went to Finchley to box, plus I was under probation for three years, actually the Metropolitan Police paid for my boxing class, they bought my first boxing boot, boxing gloves, headguard, gumshield, everything!

On giving advice to the 16-year-old Derek Chisora…
I would just tell him, listen, just be careful out there and make the right decisions. When you’re 16 people tell you “don’t do that” because they were 16 before…when you’re 16 make the right decisions.

On what next if he beats Whyte…
I’m going to leave the ring, go home, and attack that Christmas Turkey!
It’s my birthday on 29th December…plus it’s my wife’s birthday!

On what fans can expect in the ring on the night…
I’m going to go to war. I hope he’s ready to go where I’m ready to go. If he’s not, he’s stupid. I’m coming. Hunt him down, just go hit him, hit him, just hit him, hit him and hit and hit and hit and pounce and pounce, pounce, pounce, pounce!

Watch Dillian Whyte vs Derek Chisora 2, from The O2, London, on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Box Office, from 6pm. Book it via your Sky remote or www.sky.com/boxoffice

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