Oscar Rivas-Lukasz Rozanski Postponed Due To Logistical Problems, New Date Sought

Oscar Rivas-Lukasz Rozanski Postponed Due To Logistical Problems, New Date Sought

Oscar Rivas’ dream of shielding a significant name in his beginning nation is formally on grasp.

BoxingScene.com has showed that Rivas’ deliberate WBC Bridgerweight name protection as opposed to Poland’s Lukasz Rozanski has been postponed. The bout was once because of headline an August 13 display at Estadio Pascual Guerrero in Cali, Colombia. On the other hand, on-site problems past the keep watch over of GYM [Groupe Yvon Michel] Promotions to transport off the date with hopes of rescheduling in September.

“A number of logistics issues arose [with] our companions in Colombia,” Yvon Michel, Rivas’ career-long promoter instructed BoxingScene.com. “We’re taking a look at other eventualities to search out some other date in Colombia, as to stay Oscar’s dream to shield his WBC name in his local nation.”

The development would have marked the primary time that Rivas (28-1, 19KOs) fought in his house nation since turning professional in 2009, when he relocated to Montreal after representing Colombia within the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The will of the 35-year-old was once to go back house with a name to shield, having claimed the newly created WBC Bridgerweight name in an exhilarating twelve-round, unanimous resolution win over Ryan Rozicki ultimate October in Montreal.

GYM Promotions was once ready to transport ahead in figuring out Rivas’ dream, striking in combination a display that was once to additionally come with Colombia-born former champs Cecilia Braekhus and Eleider Alvarez additionally of their first-ever struggle in nation.

Braekhus (36-2, 9KOs)—the previous long-reigning undisputed welterweight champion and pound-for-pound queen who’s based totally out of Norway—was once because of face unbeaten WBC junior middleweight titlist Patricia Berghult in a bid to change into a two-division titleholder. The struggle is the primary for Braekhus since back-to-back defeats to Jessica McCaskill, the primary of which got here in August 2020 to finish her record-breaking championship reign.

Alvarez (25-2, 13KOs)— additionally based totally out of Montreal, like Rivas—is slated to stand Alex Theran in a scheduled ten-round cruiserweight bout. The 38-year-old former WBO mild heavyweight titlist has now not fought since a ninth-round knockout loss to Joe Smith Jr. of their August 2020 name eliminator in Las Vegas. The defeat got here greater than a 12 months after dropping a twelve-round resolution to Sergey Kovalev in February 2019, six months after scoring a surprising seventh-round knockout to finish Kovalev’s 2nd mild heavyweight name reign.

Michel knowledgeable BoxingScene.com that each bouts stay in play for every time the display is rescheduled, in addition to a twin name protection for present WBA mild heavyweight and WBC heavyweight titlist Hanna Gabriels (21-2-1, 12KOs). Everybody has been introduced on top of things, together with the unbeaten Rozanski (14-0, 13KOs), who was once because of depart within the coming days for his first profession struggle out of doors of Poland and for his first main name struggle.

“It’s going to certainly be [resolved] in a while,” said Canada’s main promoter. “I’ve already spoken to Andrew Wasilewski, the promoter of Rozanski.  He understands the location and continues to be on board supporting us.”

“We even have the goal to stay the Berghult/Braekhus struggle at the tournament and Hanna Gabriels additionally.”

Absolutely the worst case situation for the display is to relocate to Canada someday in October, despite the fact that best after each and every possibility would had been exhausted to stay it in Colombia which stays the concern.

Rivas was once a few of the first combatants to include the WBC’s advent and rollout of the Bridgerweight department in past due 2020. The load vary is 191-224 kilos, as a way to draw in large cruiserweights and small heavyweights. Naturally, the idea that was once met with resistance, nor was once it embraced via centered combatants reminiscent of Deontay Wilder and Oleksandr Usyk, either one of whom have defied the common sense that such sized combatants can’t compete with the larger heavyweights that experience change into the norm for the reason that past due Nineties.

If truth be told, Usyk—a former undisputed cruiserweight champ—has since claimed the unified WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight titles in a twelve-round win over Anthony Joshua ultimate September 25. The 2 are because of meet in a rematch on August 20 in Saudi Arabia, with Ukraine’s Usyk these days a -200 favourite to effectively shield in opposition to the a lot larger Joshua.

Rivas emerged as probably the most notable candidate to additional the motive, having since posted two wins within the weight vary since a twelve-round defeat to Dillian Whyte of their July 2019 meantime WBC heavyweight name struggle. The win over Rozicki got here with blended evaluations over what was once at stake and his being granted the label of a significant titleholder. On the other hand, the struggle itself top-of-the-line of 2021 which in flip sparked pastime as to his subsequent transfer.

Sadly, that phase should wait for no less than some other month.

Jake Donovan is a senior creator for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox


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