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Kaboom Vs Bruiser + WBC Stats

Kaboom Vs Bruiser + WBC Stats

By James Blears

Oscar Rivas fights Ryan Rozicki for the inaugural Bridgerweight Title, and the Green and Gold Belt that comes with it, on October 22nd at L`Olympia, Montreal.

Late replacements can sometimes prove very problematic.  Reflecting about his last pro fight, which was against Vitali Klitschko, who stepped in for Kirk Johnson, who`d suffered a chest injury in training,  Lennox Lewis succinctly warned: “Never take a fight at sixteen days notice!”

Oscar Rivas has taken a fight against Ryan “Bruiser” Rozicki on just over three weeks notice. This happened after Bryant Jennings, who refused to be vaccinated against Covid 19  pulled out, objecting to the strictures of Canadian quarantine laws.

Bryant who has an elongated eighty four inch reach and is known for his elegant jab, didn`t want to take a different sort of one during the ongoing pandemic. A former heavyweight title challenger, who lost a UD to Wladimir Klitschko, Bryant was stopped in the twelfth and final round by Oscar, when they first fought in January 2018, at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York.

In that fight the max factor was Oscar`s Trainer Marc Ramsey, who gave Oscar a fearful ear bashing in the corner from round nine onwards. So it went on, ominously echoing through the stadium.  But it proved the turning point at the Turning Stone. Going into the twelfth, Oscar, who`d had verbal strips torn off himself, earned his stripes by  turning  tiger, clawing back the advantage, launching an ambush attack, pouncing on Bryant, driving him on to the ropes, befuddling him and dropping him.

Bryant clambered up, only to receive more of the same and Referee Gary Rosato stepped in to save him at the fifty four seconds mark.

Back then the NABF, IBF International and WBO NABO titles were at stake. This time Bryant would have been contesting the WBC Absolute Bridgerweight Belt.  An historic first!

For his beliefs and his own reasons, Bryant has declined under these circumstances to go for the rematch and this unique opportunity. So, he`s out of the picture and Ryan from Nova Scotia has taken his place.  Ryan faces and takes on a daunting seesaw prospect.  Ranked eighteen by the WBC in the cruiserweight division, he`s boldly and steeply stepping up a division to Bridgerweight. While Oscar is moving down just a tad, from heavyweight.

Ryan aged twenty six, is six feet two inches tall. He`s stopped all thirteen of his opponents, but has never yet faced a fighter of the caliber and proven power of Oscar.  Ryan had never gone more than three rounds until before stopping Sylvera Louis in the sixth in April, winning the NABA Canadian cruiserweight title. That was just thirty eight days after Oscar had disposed of the very same guy. Sylvera retired on his stool after three one sided drubbing rounds.

Ryan`s biggest test to date came against Russian Kehtag Pliev. Both went to war from the outset in round one and Ryan emerged with a fractured right eye socket and his face drenched in blood.  Upping the already frenetic tempo, he put Kehtag down with a huge left hook. The Russian bravely but unsteadily got up and Ryan went in for the finish.  All done and dusted, but also dented!

Ryan, who`s a tremendous body puncher and ferocious head hunter, is ruthless and he`s relentless. But, against someone of Oscar`s experience, he can`t afford to make and wouldn`t get away with a single mistake, which would be unforgivingly punished. He has to technically tighten up, without losing the natural molten lava of his fighting fluidity.

Prior to this he overcame tough US fighter Shawn Miller for the vacant WBC International Silver crown. In that fight, Ryan proved how effective his body punching is. Its accumulation hurt Miller, who then went down from a big right to the head. He got up and was put down by another big right. It was all over in the third.

Ryan is undaunted by the magnitude of what lies ahead. He has said: “Rivas is my toughest opponent. It`s everything I`ve dreamed about since I started boxing. On October 22nd, I will become world champion!”

It`s extremely unlikely that Oscar could be defeated with the ease, to which Ryan has become accustomed, since his pro debut in 2016.  If it goes past six in their upcoming fight, Ryan will be in uncharted territory. Then the real test of navigation will begin.

Oscar, who`s originally from Colombia, but now calls Montreal home, is nicknamed “Kaboom” for a reason. He stands six feet and a half inch tall. A 2008 Olympian, he defeated Kubrat Pulev from Bulgaria, but lost to world amateur champion and eventual Gold Medalist Roberto Camarelle.

Oscar turned pro in 2009. Now aged thirty four, his record is 27-1 with 19 KO`s. Undefeated after twenty fights, he walked through Carl Davis Drummond, unleashing a mighty KO in sixty eight seconds, to win the vacant NABF heavyweight title.

Oscar`s only loss was for the vacant WBC Interim title, to Dillian Whyte, who he upended in the ninth with a right uppercut, but lost via a UD. This followed his triumph against Bryant Jennings. For this upcoming fight he`s at his natural weight in this new division which spans 200lbs to 224lbs.  Coming down is easier than going up, but the Bridgerweight limit is bang on his best fighting weight.

Pundits are fond of referring to boxers in the lighter weight categories as little big men. Oscar and Ryan are big but not huge men. The overall and growing weight disparity is why the World Boxing Council created the Bridgerweight Division on November 9th 2020. It`s the next one up from cruiserweight, which reaches two hundred pounds, and that in its turn sits above light heavyweight, which has a limit of one hundred and seventy five pounds.

Bridgerweight was named after then six year old Bridger Walker, who courageously saved his sister aged four from a dog attack, and suffered severe facial injuries in the process, requiring ninety stitches. The WBC presented him a Hero of Humanity Award.

As of now, no other boxing organization has adopted the Bridgerweight Division. Throughout its history, the World Boxing Council, has championed pioneering innovation, most notably reducing world championship fights from fifteen to twelve rounds. That took some time to dawn on the others, and for them to follow on.

Opposition to change is nothing new. There were howls of protest when the light heavyweight division was created in 1903. So much so, that Bob Fitzsimmons who won it, by giving George Gardner a twenty rounds boxing lesson, was not recognized as champion.

“Ruby Bob” had previously been middleweight champion of the world, and then won the heavyweight crown weighing less than one hundred and seventy pounds. The so called experts argued that as “The Freckled Wonder,” had been heavyweight champion, he could not be the light heavyweight champion?

But, over time the light heavyweight division became popular and well respected. It`s produced a wondrous array of superstars including: Ezzard Charles, Billy Conn, Gus Lesnevich, Archie Moore, Bob Foster, Michael Moorer, Michael Spinks, Roy Jones Jr, Andre Ward, John Conteh, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Badou Jack and Sergey Kovalev.

Charles, Spinks, Moorer and Jones won the heavyweight title, but that was prior to the era of behemoth heavyweights, which has emerged during the last fifteen years.

Bridgerweight is now necessary to span that gulf, which is an undisputable fact.  Back in the mid twentieth century, Jose Louis was the perfectly proportioned heavyweight champion at two hundred pounds. By the era of Muhammad Ali and Big George Foreman, a touch over two hundred and fifteen pounds was thought to be ideal. But then and inevitably, it got bigger and heavier, year by year and pound by pound.

Today`s champion Tyson Fury weighs in at two hundred and seventy seven pounds. Compare this to the early 1950`s when Rocky Marciano, who was the best conditioned heavyweight of all time, was a lean, mean one hundred and eighty four pounds.

In this first fight for the Bridgerweight title, “Kaboom” is the odds, but not odds on favorite against “Bruiser.”  He`s naturally heavier if not taller. He has more experience and has fought against more exacting opponents.

But… Ryan who`s a big hitter in his own right, is undefeated and is determined to seize upon the opportunity of a lifetime. Those who consider his chances are slim and none… and slim`s out of town, might do well to remember what Andy Ruiz achieved one division higher against Anthony Joshua, first time around. Water under the bridge, but not that long ago.



  Jose Sulaimán


Mauricio Sulaimán WBC PRESIDENT




OCTOBER 22, 2021




OSCAR RIVAS                                                                                 RYAN ROZICKI

(COLOMBIA/CANADA)                                                               (CANADA)

WBC no. 1                                                                                         WBC no. 15



Nationality:               Colombia                                                          Nationality:    Canada

Date of Birth:            June 6, 1987                                                      Date of Birth: February 20, 1995

Birthplace:                Cali, Colombia                                                 Birthplace:      Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

Residence:                 Montreal, Canada                                           Residence:      Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

Alias:                          Kaboom                                                            Alias:               The Bruiser

Record:                      27-1-0, 19 ko’s                                                  Record:            13-0-0, 13 ko’s

KO’S %:                    67.9%                                                                KO’S %:          100%

Age:                            34                                                                       Age:                 26

Guard:                       Orthodox                                                          Guard:            Orthodox

Total rounds:            122                                                                     Total rounds: 30

World title fights:     1 (0-1-0)                                                            World title fights: 0 (0-0-0)

Trainer:                     Marc Ramsay                                                   Trainer:

Manager:                   Yvon Michel                                                     Advisor:          Daniel Oetter

Promoter:                  Group Yvon Michel                                         Manager:        Three Lions Promotions








HEAVY                              27

SUPERMIDDLE              7

WELTER                            2

LT. HEAVY                       1

SUPERLIGHT                  1

MIDDLE                             1

TOTAL BOUTS       39


29/03/1966       MUHAMMAD ALI – GEORGE CHUVALO                          DEC 15                TORONTO                    HE

21/09/1973       JOSE NAPOLES – CLYDE GRAY                                          DEC 15                TORONTO                    WE

11/05/1980       M. SAAD MUHAMMAD – LOUIS PERGAUD                      TKO 5                 HALIFAX                      LH

20/06/1980       ROBERTO DURAN – RAY LEONARD                                 DEC 15                MONTREAL                 WE

25/11/1983       MICHAEL SPINKS – OSCAR RIVADENEYRA                    TKO 10               VANCOUVER              LH

15/12/2000       DAVE HILTON – DINGAAN THOBELA                               DEC 12                MONTREAL                 SM

10/07/2001       ERIC LUCAS – GLENN CATLEY                                          KO 7                    MONTREAL                 SM

30/11/2001       ERIC LUCAS – DINGAAN THOBELA                                  KO 8                    MONTREAL                 SM

06/09/2002       ERIC LUCAS – OMAR SHEIKA                                             DEC 12                MONTREAL                 SM

20/12/2003       DANNY GREEN – ERIC LUCAS (INTERIM)                        TKO 6                 MONTREAL                 SM

08/04/2006       LIBARDO ANDRADE – OTIS GRANT (ELIMINATORY)  TKO 7                 MONTREAL                 SM

09/05/2007       ADRIAN DIACONU – RICO HOYE (ELIM.)                         TKO 3                 MONTREAL                 LH

04/04/2009       TIMOTHY BRADLEY – KENDALL HOLT                           UD 12                  MONTREAL                 SL

19/06/2009       JEAN PASCAL – ADRIAN DIACONU                                   DEC 12                MONTREAL                 LH

25/09/2009       JEAN PASCAL – SILVIO BRANCO                                       TKO 10               MONTREAL                 LH

11/12/2009       JEAN PASCAL – ADRIAN DIACONU                                   UD 12                  MONTREAL                 LH

14/08/2010       JEAN PASCAL – CHAD DAWSON                                        TDEC 11             MONTREAL                 LH

18/12/2010       JEAN PASCAL – BERNARD HOPKINS                                DREW 12            QUEBEC CITY             LH

08/04/2011       MARCO ANTONIO RUBIO – DAVID LEMIEUX (ELIM.)  TKO 7                 MONTREAL                 MI

21/05/2011       BERNARD HOPKINS – JEAN PASCAL                                UD 12                  MONTREAL                 LH

21/05/2011       CHAD DAWSON – ADRIAN DIACONU (ELIM. SEMI.)     UD 12                  MONTREAL                 LH

20/04/2012       ADONIS STEVENSON – NOE GONZALEZ (SILVER)        TKO 2                 MONTREAL                 SM

08/06/2013       ADONIS STEVENSON – CHAD DAWSON                           KO 1                    MONTREAL                 LH

28/09/2013       ADONIS STEVENSON – TAVORIS CLOUD                        TKO 7                 MONTREAL                 LH

30/11/2013       ADONIS STEVENSON – TONY BELLEW                            TKO 6                 QUEBEC CITY             LH

18/01/2014       JEAN PASCAL  – LUCIAN BUTE                                          UD 12                  MONTREAL                 LH

24/05/2014       ADONIS STEVENSON  – ANDRZEJ FONFARA                  UD 12                  MONTREAL                 LH

19/12/2014       ADONIS STEVENSON – DMITRY SUKHOTSKY               KO 5                    QUEBEC CITY             LH

14/03/2015       SERGEY KOVALEV (WBO) – JEAN PASCAL (DIAMOND BELT)   TKO 8  MONTREAL                         LH

04/04/2015       ADONIS STEVENSON – SAKIO BIKA                                 UD 12                  QUEBEC CITY             LH

15/08/2015       ELEIDER ALVAREZ – ISIDRO RANONI (SILVER)            UD 12                  MONTREAL                 LH

11/09/2015       ADONIS STEVENSON – TOMMY KARPENCY                   TKO 3                 TORONTO                    LH

28/11/2015       ELEIDER ALVAREZ – ISAAC CHILEMBA                          MD 12                 QUEBEC CITY             LH

29/07/2016       ADONIS STEVENSON – THOMAS WILLIAMS JR.            KO 4                    QUEBEC CITY             LH

24/02/2017       ELEIDER ALVAREZ – LUCIAN BUTE                                 TKO 5                 QUEBEC CITY             LH

03/06/2017       ADONIS STEVENSON – ANDRZEJ FONFARA                   TKO 2                 MONTREAL                 LH

03/06/2017       ELEIDER ALVAREZ – JEAN PASCAL (SILVER)                MD 12                 MONTREAL                 LH

19/05/2018       ADONIS STEVENSON – BADOU JACK                               DREW MD 12    TORONTO                    LH

01/12/2018       OLEKSANDER GVOZDYK – ADONIS STEVENSON         KO 11                  QUEBEC CITY             LH




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