Oscar Rivas Becomes The First Bridgerweight Champion
Oscar Rivas (28-1, 19 KOs) has beaten Ryan Rozicki (13-1, 13 KOs) via unanimous decision to become the first WBC bridgerweight crown-holder at Olympia Theatre in Montreal.
The WBC introduced the 224-pound weight class to provide an opportunity to fighters who were struggling to fit in the cruiserweight division (200-pound limit) or seemed too small for the heavyweight division.
Judges scored the contest 116-111, 115-112 and 115-112 in Rivas’ favor.
Rivas, who weighed in at 222¼, was scheduled to box Bryant Jennings at first. Jennings was denied entry into Canada for not getting the coronavirus vaccine, so Rozicki stepped in at 203 pounds to replace Jennings.
It seemed like a mismatch considering how Rozicki weighed almost 20 pounds less than his opponent, but he proved his doubters wrong.
Despite ending up on the losing side, Rozicki showed the heart of a fighter as he gave Rivas a tough time inside the ring. But in the end, Rivas’ advantages in ability and experience did the trick for the newly-crowned champ.
Both boxers landed strong, quick shots, but Rivas’ accuracy earned him more points. The champ landed cleaner shots by creating more space, especially in the later rounds.