Oscar Rivas to defend WBC bridgerweight title Aug. 13 in Colombia

(*13*)Oscar Rivas will return house to Colombia to defend his WBC bridgerweight title on Aug. 13 in Cali, dealing with unbeaten Polish fighter Lukasz Rozanski.

The battle was introduced in the present day in Bogota at a press convention.

Rivas (28-1, 19 KO) is form of the perfect of what the “bridgerweight” division is supposed to be, a six-foot tall heavyweight who could make that 224 lb most restrict with out a lot bother, and was most likely combating heavy for years weighing in the mid-230s on the scales for heavyweight bouts.

The 34-year-old was a 2008 Olympian and is an effective boxer, however his heavyweight ceiling was fairly low. His largest win got here in 2019 towards former title challenger Bryant Jennings, earlier than a loss six months later to Dillian Whyte in London, a battle the place Rivas was aggressive and dropped Whyte, however misplaced nearly all of the bout.

“I have three dreams I want to realize before the end of my boxing career,” Rivas stated. “I want to establish myself as the absolute best bridgerweight fighter, defend my title in Colombia, and become world heavyweight champion.”

“Bridgerweight” has but to actually achieve a foothold, although, and it could by no means fairly accomplish that, notably in america. Rivas gained the first-ever title battle final October, beating late sub opponent Ryan Rozicki in Montreal. It was an excellent battle, and there’s no motive a division like this could’t churn out some good motion, however there simply was not really any name for boxing to have yet one more weight class.

Rozanski (14-0, 13 KO) is a 36-year-old fighter who has largely fought at about the identical weights Rivas did, has about the identical dimensions in phrases of top and attain, and confronted countryman Artur Szpilka in Might 2021 in a “bridgerweight” battle, stopping the pale Szpilka in the primary spherical.

“I’m highly motivated and in the best shape of my life,” Rozanski stated. “I have what it takes to win this fight.”

Rivas had beforehand been tied to a June battle towards Evgeny Romanov (16-0, 11 KO), who was his necessary challenger, and should still be, however apparently that’s not taking place subsequent. Romanov, 36, final beat Dmitry Kudryashov, additionally in Might 2021, in a 224 lb max bout in Russia.

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