Sportsbooks Picking Oscar Rivas to Become First WBC Bridgerweight Champion

Ryan Rozicki Vs Oscar Rivas

  • Oscar Rivas is favored to win the fist-ever WBC bridgerweight championship.
  • The 34-year old Colombian has opened as the -714 betting favorite to beat Canadian Ryan Rozicki.
  • Rozicki replaced American Bryant Jennings who was forced to withdraw from the fight due to COVID-19 protocols.

Oscar Rivas has opened as the heavy betting favorite to become the first-ever bridgerweight world champion in boxing history.

According to the best boxing sportsbooks, Rivas is a huge -714 favorite while Ryan Rozicki is the +400 underdog when the two men collide on Friday in Canada to crown the first-ever WBC bridgerweight champion.

Rozicki Replaces Bryant Jennings

Rozicki is a late replacement for American Bryant Jennings who was not able to subject himself to the Canadian government’s COVID-19 entry requirements or with post-arrival mandatory quarantine. As a result, he was replaced by Rozicki who despite his unbeaten record, is ranked only 18th by the WBC in its cruiserweight rankings.

The 26-year old Canadian has a perfect record of 13-0 with all of his wins coming via knockout. In 2019, Rozicki won the WBC International Silver cruiserweight title and successfully defended that secondary belt by stopping Czech fighter Vladimir Reznicek inside three rounds in April 2020. In his most recent bout, Rozicki went six rounds before knocking out fellow Canadian Sylvera Louis in what stands as his longest bout ever.

This will be Rozicki’s first world title fight and as such, he opened as the +400 underdog. But those odds have become longer since opening as he has drifted to a +450 at Bet365 and a +430 at Betway. Some of the best U.S. boxing sportsbooks are even listing the Canadian at the +500 to +510 range as of this writing.

Rivas is the Ring’s 9th ranked Heavyweight

Rivas meanwhile, is the Ring’s no. 9 ranked heavyweight in the world. The 34-year old Colombian is one of the division’s “smaller” fighters so when the WBC decided to put up a new weight class in honor of boy-hero Bridger Walker who saved his younger sister from a dog attack, Rivas was the clear choice to be fighting for the “smaller” heavyweight division.

The Montreal-based Rivas has a record of 27-1 with 19 knockouts. His only defeat came at the hands of British heavyweight Dillian Whyte when they fought for the interim WBC heavyweight championship in July 2019. As an amateur, he won the silver medal at the 2007 Pan-American Games and has notable wins over the likes of Kubrat Pulev and Andy Ruiz Jr. His biggest win to date as a pro was against Bryant Jennings who was supposed to be his opponent in this Bridgerweight title fight.

Rivas has opened and closed as the betting favorite in all but two of his professional boxing bouts. He was a +220 underdog when he upset Jennings in 2019 and was the +375 bottom dog when he challenged Whyte. Rivas opened at -714 but his odds have shortened to -833 at Bet365 and -800 at Betway. Rivas is also at the -750 to -800 range at the best boxing sites in the US.

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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