Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Rivas Becomes WBC Bridgerweight
Champion Of The World
By Daniel Cloutier
MONTRÉAL - The Montrealer Columbian Oscar Rivas (28-1-0) was
extremely confident to win this WBC bridgerweight (224
pounds) championship of the world against the Canadian Ryan Rozicki
(13-1-0), and he was right. Rivas became world champion in
pro boxing for the first time iin beating Rozicki by
unanimous decision in 12 rounds.
“I said I got the potential necessary to become world
champion and I was right,” said Rivas after the fight. “The
fight was intense, but I know I was deserving the decision.
I am positive that I gave the best and strongest punches in
this bout. I am so proud to become world champion, I worked
so hard to to reach that.”
The first round was intense, but Rivas hurt seriously his
opponent at the end of the round.
But Rozicki was aggressive and productive in the second
The third and fourth rounds were close and spectacular.
In the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds, Rivas gave a very
hard time to his rival.
Like the third round, the eight round was close and intense.
Rivas attacked energetically in the nine round, but Rozicki
has been able to resist.
The 10th round was violent and close.
Rivas hurt several times his opponent in the 11th round.
In the 12th and last round, the two boxers attackers
intensively but Rivas got the best punches.
This fight was a spectacular one.
The light heavyweight (175 pounds) Montrealer Terry Osias
improved his pro record to 10-0-0, with a victory by
unanimous decision in six rounds over the Mexican Joaquin
Aggressive, good technically, Osias dominated clearly the
action from the first to the sixth round.
The three judges scored the fight 60-54 for the Montrealer.
The heavyweight Alexis Barrioère, from Québec City, kept his
perfect record (4-0-0), with a win by unanimous decision in
four rounds over the Mexican Rafael Abdula Sanchez Rojas
A southpaw, Barrière provoked a knock-down in the first
round with a solid left hand on the chin, but one minute
later,.Rojas, at his turn, took his revenge in sending
Barrtière on the floor.
However, Iin the second round,. Barrière provoked his second
knockdown of the fight and he dominated the action in each
Rojas is 41 years old.
The three judges scored the bout 39-36 for Barrière.
In the opening bout of the evening, the Montrealer super
welterweight (154 pounds), Kevin Menoche scored his fifth
win in pro boxing (5-0-0), beating the Ontarian Tachd Bunsma
()2-3-0) by unanimous decision in four rounds.
The judges scored the fight 39-36, 38-37 and 38-37 for the
A lot of people believed that the Ontarian was deserving the
Menoche hurt seriously the Ontarian in the first round, but
Bunsma was more aggressive that his opponent in the second,
third and fourth round.
The cruiserweight (200 pounds) Francis Charbonneau (4-1-0),
from Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, won by unanimous decision in
four rounds over the Montrealer Alexandre Roberge (1-2-0).
Charbonneau provoked a knockdown in the first round with a
solid uppercut on the chin.
The judges scored the bout 40-35, 39-36 and 39-36 for
The fight between Sébastien Bouchard (19-2-0) and the
Mexican Sylvio Ortega (24-2-0) has ben cancelled few hours
after the weigh in, because the Mexican got an injury.
No fight on this boxing show finished by a KO or TKO.