Dillian Whyte is finally on the verge of a world title shot, but first he must come through a potentially tricky test against Oscar Rivas.

The Bodysnatcher will earn the interim WBC title if he wins at the O2 on Saturday night, setting him up to challenge Deontay Wilder for the real belt at some point next year.

He’ll be in danger, though, if he overlooks the undefeated Colombian.

Rivas is more than a ‘keep busy’ opponent for Whyte. He’s currently ranked as the 11th-best heavyweight in the world by BoxRec, and beat Bryant Jennings – a decent fighter – by 12th-round TKO in January.

Anthony Joshua’s defeat to Andy Ruiz in June proved that even the best fighters in the division can be beaten if they aren’t at their best, so Whyte will have to make sure he’s on his game.

It’s worth backing the Londoner to pass this test, though, given how often he’s stepped up since he lost to Joshua back in 2015.

Whyte’s nine victories since that defeat include wins over Dereck Chisora (twice), Lucas Browne and Joseph Parker, and he’s arguably the most improved heavyweight in the world over the past few years.

The 31-year-old has always had the power to knock out anyone in the division, but he’s also a more polished technician now and is arguably the best heavyweight in the world when it comes to going to the body.

Rivas is no mug, but Whyte is such a force at his best and the news that he will likely have a shot at the title in the near future could give him that extra motivation to make a statement on Saturday night.

At , he looks good value to win inside the distance for the third time in his last four fights.

If you’re looking for a #BetYourWay for Saturday night’s fight to take advantage of our offer, Rivas to be knocked down before the seventh round looks a good option at .

Three of Whyte’s last four KO victories have come in the sixth round or earlier.

Both fighters to be knocked down and Whyte to win could also be worth a punt at , given that Rivas carries some power and Whyte has been stopped by Joshua and sent to the canvas by Parker.

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