The Bridgerweight has been a debate for a while now and whether, it’s for the better or worst Oscar Rivas became the first world champion in the weight class after out-pointing Ryan Rozicki over 12 rounds at the Olympia Theatre in Montreal, Canada.
The Bridgerweight was created with the aim of catering for fighters who are so small to compete in the Heavyweight division and too big for the Cruiserweight division (200 Pounds). With a 224 pound weight limit.
Rivas tipped the scales at 222½ and was initially scheduled to face fellow heavyweight Bryant Jennings but the latter couldn’t find his way into Canada as being Vaccinated is the basic requirement for Immigrants. Rozicki stepped in tipping the scales at 203 pounds for the fight.
Still despite having a brief career, Rozicki was able to stage a competitive performance, turning what many thought was a huge mismatch to an entertaining fight. He shared the Center of the ring with Rivas, trading toe to toe till the final bell.
Rozicki (13-1, 13 KOs) was dwarfed with ability and experience but not with heart and determination. Rozicki connected some eye catching shots and had his moments but Rivas was the most active and landed the cleaner shots of the two.
The scores were 116-111, 115-112 and 115-112 after the 12 round fight was over.
Rivas last two appearances before the fight was impressive. He knocked out Bryant Jennings in the 12th round of their Heavyweight meeting back in 2019 and troubled Dillian Whyte in his unanimous decision loss to the Brit six months later.
Rivas, who has longed for an opportunity to to fight for a world title is now a legitimate World title holder. Rozicki on the other hand performed better than expected as he has only competed in the Cruiserweight division in the past and would probably return there were better fights will now be made available for him.