The WBC will crown its first bridgerweight champion when Colombian Oscar Rivas competes against Philadelphia’s Bryant Jennings in a show slated to take place in Canada on June 18. Sources confirmed this to ESPN KNOCKOUT on Friday. The athlete’s Lance Pugmire was the first to report the fight.
The Bridgerweight Division will have a weight limit of 200-224 pounds. The WBC is the only organization that offers this division and ranks Rivas No. 1 and Jennings No. 3.
The WBC created this division in November due to a large difference between cruiser weights (up to 200 pounds) and heavyweights (no weight limit). The division was named after 6-year-old Bridger Walker, who rescued his younger sister from a brutal dog attack in July. It took Bridger 90 stitches on the face to repair the injuries.
Rivas (27-1, 19 KOs), 33, defeated Jennings in 2018 by TKO in the 12th round. In his next fight in September 2019, he lost unanimously to Dillian White while battling for the WBC intermediate heavyweight title.
Jennings (24-4, 14 KOs), 36, has weighed just under 230 pounds in his last four bouts, two of them against opponents over 250 pounds: a TKO win over Alexander Dimitrenko in 2018 and a unanimous decision loss against Joe Joyce in 2019.
This would be the 18th boxing division recognized by the WBC.