Oscar Rivas Poised To Become The First WBC ‘Bridgerweight’ Titlist

Oscar Rivas (27-1, 19 KOs) and Ryan Rozycki (13-0, 13 KOs) will fight for the WBC’s newly introduced “bridgerweight” title Friday night at Olympia Theatre in Montreal, Canada.

Rivas believes that the new weight class, which ranges between 201 to 224 pounds, gives “a chance to smaller heavyweights” like him.

“Mike Tyson was a small fighter, but he had the explosive ability to win. I’m very positive about this fight,” Rivas said.

The Montreal-native was originally scheduled to fight Bryant Jennings, but he opted out over Canada’s coronavirus vaccination mandate.

Rivas is well aware of Rozicki’s reputation for being a vicious puncher.

“Once you step into the ring, who you fought doesn’t matter, what matters is who is in front of you and I expect the best Rozycki possible on October 22,” he said. “I have to be careful because Rozycki is a strong puncher. He likes to make war in the ring, and I have to make sure not to follow his tactics and trade punch for punch.”

Rivas feels that he has been living his life as a world champ does, hence, this is his time to don the strap around his waist.

“I made a lot of changes in my life to become a world champion. I want to show the world that I’m among the best and I deserve to be world champion,” he added.

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