Join us in our VIP Suite at the 5 star Intercontinental O2 for a thrilling evening of boxing hospitality as Dillian Whyte tops the bill, as he fights the unbeaten Columbian Oscar Rivas in a bout which should see the winner fight Anthony Joshua, later in the year.
We will be joined by Tyson Fury prior to the fight to discuss the evening’s action and his own glittering career and after the fight we will welcome our regular post-fight analyst, former IBF World Cruiserweight champion, Glenn McCrory. Guests will enjoy a superb 3 course dinner, 4-hour complimentary bar and following the fight action, a luxury buffet will be served with the opportunity for a few more drinks from the late cash bar.
Whyte vs Rivas: With only one defeat in his career from 26 bouts (18KOs) coming against British superstar Anthony Joshua, WBC No. 1 contender Dillian Whyte is a man on a mission to put the record straight against the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight title holder. First the ‘Body Snatcher’ must vanquish the unbeaten Columbian Oscar Rivas, ranked the 5th best heavyweight on the planet by both the WBA and WBO, and in the top 10 on all lists. The Brixton banger knocked out Derek Chisora in devastating style after a thrilling tear-up in December, to add another victim to a list which includes the likes of Joseph Parker, Robert Helenius and Lucas Browne in the last couple of years. Rivas has won all 26 fights with an impressive 18 by KO and last time out sensationally knocked out former World title challenger Bryant Jennings in the final round, so this will be a serious challenge for the Briton. There will also be a cracking undercard on the night including an all-British heavyweight clash between David Price against Dave Allen with further big names to be announced.
Tyson Fury: One of the most recognised and popular sports stars on the planet, Tyson Fury is the hottest property in Heavyweight boxing and we are completely thrilled to welcome him as our pre-fight star guest. After winning his first 24 fights including the likes of Kevin Johnson, Dereck Chisora and Christian Hammer, he exploded on to the world scene with a superb and convincing unanimous points victory over Ukranian legend Wladimir Klitschko to win the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles all in one fell swoop. A difficult period followed which saw the ‘Gypsy King’ suffer with personal problems leading to a long break from the sport, relinquishing his belts unbeaten.
He returned in triumphant fashion with victories over Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta in 2018 before famously taking on the explosive unbeaten talent, Deontay Wilder. Despite stepping in the ring as underdog, Tyson put on an astonishing display of ring craft, heart and grit in what many believe was the fight of the year. Although the judges’ verdict was a draw, every ring-side commentator on the night had Fury ahead, despite the devastating last round knockdown which Tyson somehow managed to recover from. The verdict remains one of the most controversial in recent years, but the result has seen Tyson’s popularity soar further and his record of 27 wins and 1 draw from 28 fights with 19 KOs remains one of the best in boxing . Fans of the heavyweight division wait with bated breath for a rematch against Wilder or an all-British superfight between Tyson and his unbeaten British rival, the current WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight title holder, Anthony Joshua.
Glenn McCrory: A former IBF Cruiserweight champion, Glenn progressed through the ranks by winning his first 13 pro fights. A poor run saw him lose 5 of his next 6 fights before he staged a remarkable turnaround, winning his next 13 fights. His defeat of Chisanda Mutti in 1987 landed him the Commonwealth Cruiserweight title, before beating Tee Jay in early 1988 to add the British title to his collection. Glenn’s rise to the top culminated in winning the IBF Cruiserweight world title with a convincing points victory over Patrick “Killer” Lumumba in 1989, which he defended successfully in his next fight. After a defeat to Jeff Lampkin, Glenn stepped up to Heavyweight to challenge a young up-and-coming heavyweight called Lennox Lewis, losing in the second round to the legend-to-be. He was a regular analyst on Sky Sports Boxing coverage for many years and is now the principle boxing pundit on Talksport Radio.
Pete Graves: A keen boxing fan, Pete has enjoyed a swift rise through the broadcasting ranks to become one of the most recognisable faces on Sky Sports. After leaving university, Pete started his broadcasting career with the hospital radio show Radio Tyneside, before working in the local Metro Radio, and then ITV Tyneside as a sports reporter. Since 2009 he has worked at Sky Sports, mainly as a presenter, where his passion for sport and all-round knowledge are amongst his greatest assets. Over the past few years Pete has become a great asset as a regular host of our events, and we are delighted to have him as always!
The InterContinental Hotel: The hotel enjoys spectacular views over Canary Wharf, and the River Thames, perfectly located for discerning clients attending the O2 Arena. Connected directly to the O2 Arena via a covered walkway, with a dedicated entrance to the Arena, the Intercontinental is also just 5 minutes’ walk from North Greenwich tube station. For guests staying overnight, the contemporary rooms feature chic, granite bathrooms, offering free Wi-Fi, smart TVs and desks. Our hospitality takes place in one of the Hotel’s finest and most salubrious suites and guests will enjoy quality dining and service for which the hotel is rightly renowned.