Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Oscar Rivas Defeats Jennings In The Most Important Victory
Of His Pro Boxing Career
By Daniel Cloutier
VERONA, New York - The Montrealer Colombian heavyweight
Oscar Rivas won the most significant bout of his pro boxing
career Friday evening in the ring of the Turning Stone
Casino in Verona, New York. Rivas won this WBO elimination
bout and NABO North American championship in beating Bryant
Jennings (24-3-0), from Philadelphia, by TKO in the 12th and
last round. Rivas won after 54 seconds of action in the last
Rivas was laughing in thinking that the Las Vegas bookies
established Jennings favourite by 5-2….”I have been the
aggressor in most of the rounds, and in the 12th round, I
attacked him with rage… and you saw the result,” said Rivas
in his corner right after the fight. “In the 12th round, it
was so clear that my power punches were hurting him.
Jennings got his good moments in the fight, but no doubt I
was more intense than him in almost every rounds. Jennings
was moving constantly in the ring, and he was using more
jabs than power punches. I took care of Jennings, then, I am
ready to talk about a world championship bout now.
Apparently, I will be rank second contender by the WBO,
then, I can expect to dispute a world championship bout this
year or next year. No doubt, it’s the most important win of
my pro boxing career, the more significant one.”
Rivas now has a record of 26-0-0, with 18 wins by KO.
Marc Ramsay, the Rivas trainer, said: “Each time that Oscar
were aggressive, he was dominating the action. In some
rounds, he was a bit too patient, but like you saw it, he
opened the machine at the right time, and he got out of the
ring in the winnings shoes.”
Jennings was clearly depressed after the bout: “It’s a very
bad result for me, what can I tell you?”, said Jennings. “I
gave my best, but Rivas finished the fight more aggressively
In the first round, Rivas and Jennings were both careful,
they fought more defensively than offensively.
More aggressive in the second round, Rivas connected more
power punches than his rival, who worked almost exclusively
with his jab.
The third round was close, each fighter having his good
Intense in the fourth round, Rivas connected more than 10
good power shots.
Rivas was again the aggressor in the fifth round. He
connected several power punches. Jennings used more his jabs
than his power punches.
The sixth round was extremely close. Each connected power
punches, each placed jabs.
Rivas dominated the seventh round with his intensity.
Jennings was moving constantly right and left in the ring.
In the eight round, Jennings became aggressive at his turn,
and he touched Rivas with several power shots.
The two fighters were pretty aggressive in the nine round,
and Rivas connected more power shots than his opponent.
Rivas were more intense, more aggressive than his rival in
the 10th and 11th rounds. He used more power shots than
Jennings in both round.
In the 12th and final round, Rivas attacked energetically
and he sent Jennings on the floor. Jennings got back on his
legs, but Rivas attacked furiously again, et the referee
intervened to declare Jennings TKO.
Stevenson IBF Intercontinental Champion
Just before the main event, Shakur Stevenson, from Newark,
New Jersey, stayed undefeated (10-0-0) and won the IBF
featherweight InterContinental championship, in beating
Jessie Cris Rosales (22-2-1), from Philippines, by TKO.
Stevenson provoked a knockdown in the fourth round, and few
seconds after, the referee declared Rosales TKO. The fighter
from Philippines was seriously in trouble when the referee
declared him TKO.
“I fought intensively in each round, and look the result,”
said Stevenson in getting out of the ring. “I knew that my
power shots were affecting my opponent. Now, I want to fight
boxers ranked in the world. I am positive I am ready for
fights of very high caliber.”
Jason Sosa, a super featherweight from Camden, New Jersey,
scored his 22nd win in pro boxing (22-3-4) with a victory by
unanimous decision in 10 rounds over Moises Delgadillo
(17-19-2), from Mexico.
The fight was very extremely intense and violent.
Delgadillo provoked a knockdown in the second round, but
Sosa dominated clearly the action in the third, fourth and
And Sosa took his revenge in the seventh round, at his turn,
he provoked a knockdown. And in the eight round, Sosa gave a
very hard time to his opponent.
The three judges scored the bout 97-91, 97-91 and 96-92 for
The Brazilian Robson Conceicao, a super featherweight, kept
his perfect record (11-0-0) in beating the Mexican Hector
Ambriz (12-9-2) by unanimous decision in eight rounds.
Conceicao, who was the aggressor in every rounds, dominated
the fight from the beginning to the end. The judges got
three identical scores of 80-72.
The super welterweight Vikas Krishan, a fighter from India
who was making his pro debut, started his pro boxing career
on a good note. He beat Steven Andrade, from Catersville,
Georgia, by TKO.
Very aggressive, Krishan sent his opponent on the floor in
the second round with a solid hook to the body. Andrade got
back on his legs, but Krishan maintained his intense attacks
and few seconds after, the referee intervened to declare
The super lightweight Fazliddin Gaibnazarov, from
Uzbekistan, stayed undefeated in pro boxing (11-0-0) in
beating Ricardo Garcia (14-5-1), from Reading, Pennsylvania,
Gaibnazarov provoked a knockdown in the third round, and he
maintained his powerful attacks in the following minutes.
After the fourth round, Garcia mentioned to his corner men
that it was enough for him. He lost automatically by TKO.
In the opening bout of the evening, the Dominican super
super welterweight Carlos Adames improved his pro record to
16-0-0 with a win by KO over the Mexican Juan Ruiz (21-4-0).
Ruiz fight well in the first two rounds, but Adames knock
him out in the third round with a super left hook on the
Clearly, Adames was stronger physically than Ruiz.