Don’t forget me.

That’s the message Dillian Whyte will need to send when he fights the undefeated Oscar Rivas on Sunday (AEST) in London’s 02 Arena.

The heavyweight division recently took an Andy Ruiz-sized twist that shook up what has quickly become the most intriguing weight class in world boxing.

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Before that, there was a consensus big three: Deontay Wilder, the WBC champion; Tyson Fury; and now-former titlist Anthony Joshua.

Behind them — and really not that far behind — was Whyte.

But a wild first half of 2019 turned the division on its head as Ruiz Jr. stunned the world, cruiserweight king Oleskandr Usyk decided it was time to move up, and Justin Hodges beat up the Bagel Boss bloke.

The ringwalks for Whyte vs Rivas will begin between 7:30am and 8am (AEST).

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And while it’s fun to get excited about shiny new toys, like Usyk or a newly-minted champion in Ruiz Jr., Whyte remains an intriguing name in the heavyweight division.

Since losing to Joshua back in 2015, the No. 1 WBC contender has rattled off nine straight wins — including impressive take-downs of Lucas Browne, Joseph Parker, and most recently Dereck Chisora — to regain relevancy in a punishing division.

With a dangerous left hook, and a developing composure in the ring, Whyte has proven himself to be a genuine threat to the big boys; but one they’ve avoided to this point.

“At a world class level, the margins are very small, but I think he’s up there with the rest of the world class fighters,” Paulie Malignaggi wrote for Sky Sports.

Dillian Whyte trains during a media work out.

Dillian Whyte trains during a media work out.Source: Getty Images

“On his night, Dillian can win a world title. He has got a good left hook, he goes to the body very well. He’s mentally strong, so he imposes himself on you, and knows how to make it uncomfortable for you. The combination of those qualities helps.”

And Whyte has a whole lot to fight for against Rivas, with Eddie Hearn confirming the fight will be for the WBC interim title; meaning a big-money world title bout is on the horizon.

“I don’t think they’re [Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder] very happy and they’ll try everything they can to try and get out of it, but now we have it solid,” Hearn told Sky Sports.

“He’s wanted Wilder for a long, long time. Fury called him out recently and we have publicly accepted that challenge and he’s changed his mind, so I don’t think anyone wants to fight Dillian Whyte. That’s why we’ve had to force the mandatory position.

“It’s going to be interesting, but that’s again why we had to get this position, because no one is going to choose Dillian Whyte to fight.”

Hearn is right, and Wilder and Fury will likely still have their rematch with the two confirming an early 2020 rematch; a sequel the WBC was in full support of.

Nevertheless, if Whyte can get past Rivas on the weekend, expect Hearn to set up a comfortable match-up near the end of 2019, before things get truly interesting next year.

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