Oscar Rivas On Special Mission To Become Heavyweight &
Bridgerweight World Champion
Fresh off his recent third-round stoppage of Sylvera “Sly”
Louis in their rematch, World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 1
rated bridgerweight Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas (27-1, 19 KOs) is
on a special mission to not only become the first
bridgerweight world champion but capture the world
heavyweight crown as well.
A 2008 Colombian Olympian, Rivas is currently rated as the
WBC’s No. 1-rated contender in the bridgerweight division
(-224 lbs.), and No. 9 in The Ring magazine’s heavyweight
Prior to his rematch with Louis, Rivas hadn’t fought in 20
months due mainly to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
Never-the-less, “Kaboom” remained professional, training
throughout his ring absence, and now he’s positioned to
fight for the inaugural WBC bridgerweight title.
“I love this sport,” Rivas said from his Montreal home. I
dedicate my life to boxing. I never stopped training because
I love it and I can’t live without it. I am an athlete! The
pandemic didn’t make things easy for me or anybody else,
especially for a natural heavyweight like me.
“In the ring, I am having fun, and that’s what drives me.
After I was able to knockdown my opponent (Louis) in the
first round, my coach asked me to take advantage of the
opportunity to box because I hadn’t fought in 20 months. I
hadn’t stepped in the ring and that’s what I enjoy every
Even though he’s on the precipice of winning his first world
title, as a bridgerweight fighter, Rivas will not be fully
satisfied without becoming a 2-division world champion.
“I want to be the bridgerweight and heavyweight World
champion without a doubt,” he explained. “My mission is
timeless. For some reason, the big boys in the heavyweight
division don’t want to fight me. There would have been good
reasons for Dillian Whyte to give me a rematch, to clear any
doubts! I love Tyson Fury but when he was looking for a
dance partner last December, my name was dropped first even
though we had the same promoter. I can only assume that they
consider I am too dangerous for them. By becoming the WBC
bridgerweight World champion, I assume that those big boys
will be more intrigued to fight me, and I can’t wait. Now,
more than ever.
“I am a heavyweight and I always tried to stay under 235
pounds throughout my career to exploit my speed, so the
bridgerweight class became a natural fit for me. Now, I am
aiming to become champion of the world in two divisions.
Bring them all on!”
Rivas’ most likely will know who his opponent will be for
the WBC bridgerweight title fight in June in the coming
days. The names often mentioned are No. 3 rated Bryant
Jennings (24-4, 14 KOs), 2-time world heavyweight title
challenger, or built-up South African cruiserweight, No. 2
ranked Kevin Larena (26-1, 13 KOs).
“My team has been working very hard during this unbelievable
time (pandemic) to organize a significant fight for me.”
Rivas noted. “I just can’t wait to step back into the ring
Rivas still has unfinished business with Whyte, who is the
only pro to defeat Rivas, albeit under questionable
circumstances. Last August, Whyte won a 12-round unanimous
decision, after been knockdown with an uppercut in the 9th
round, in their vacant WBC Interim heavyweight title fight,
but prior to their fight, unbeknownst to Team Rivas, Whyte
had apparently tested positive for a banned substance during
training camp. A UK Anti-Doping investigation somehow later
cleared Whyte of any wrongdoings.
Last August, Whyte was knocked out in the fifth round by
Alexander Povetkin in their WBC Interim title fight and
Povetkin will defend his title this weekend in Gibraltar
Oscar Rivas can’t wait to let his fists go “Kaboom” on his
next opponent, whomever and whenever that is, as he
continues his special mission.