Bryant Jennings and unbeaten Colombian Oscar Rivas clash when the BoxNation cameras are in Verona, New York on Friday for more live fight action.

Here we break down the Heavyweight clash where the winner will be closing in on a World Title challenge.


JENNINGS: The American only started boxing at the age of 24, had just 17 fights in a vest, but still won a National Golden Gloves silver medal in 2009 within eight months of lacing the gloves. He had previously been a 200 metre runner and successful at both basketball and American football.

RIVAS: He wipes the floor with Jennings when it comes to amateur accomplishments. He won several big tournaments including the Pan American Championships in 2008. His best win came at the last 16 stage of the 2008 Olympics when he beat Kubrat Pulev before losing a 9-5 decision against Roberto Cammarelle.


JENNINGS: Despite losses against Wladimir Klitschko in a World Title challenge and then Luis Ortiz, Jennings has beaten decent men like Alexander Dimitrenko, Mike Perez, Artur Szipilka and Siarhei Liakhovich. If he doesn’t come close to Rivas’s amateur credentials he wins on professional history.

RIVAS: The South American has boxed professionally since August 2009, but three times during his career had breaks of more than a year, once because of a detached retina. 19 of his opponents had winning records, but many were from the trial house circuit. His last opponent Fabio Maldonado was 26-0 but few victims held winning CVs.


JENNINGS: John David Jackson trains Bryant. He has trained heaps of World Champions and is best known for his work with Sergey Kovalev when the Russian was in his pomp. This will be his seventh fight with Jackson and they have been preparing in Houston after Jennings had a spell in London sparring Dereck Chisora.

RIVAS: He has been trained throughout his professional career by Marc Ramsay who spotted him at the 2007 World Amateur Championships. He lost in his second fight against Vyacheslav Glazkov, but Ramsay had been won over by his professional style. They have trained for this fight in Canada and Colombia. He trains alongside his great friend, WBO Light-Heavyweight champion, Eleider Alvarez.



JENNINGS: The Philadelphia man is closing in on a second World Title fight. He is number two, right behind Dillian Whyte in the rankings for Anthony Joshua’s WBO crown. He is also in the top ten with the WBA and IBF. If he keeps winning his shot should come either by the mandatory WBO route or a voluntary, but may be waiting until 2020, when he has passed his 35th birthday.

RIVAS: He is ranked 11th by the IBF and the WBC rate him 16th. A win and he can look forward to top 10 rankings and sure to earn another decent test that would enhance his World Title credentials. He will be getting there, but not within touching distance like Jennings.


Jennings will be the bookies favourite, but Rivas is his toughest test as he chases a sixth straight win since losing in seven rounds against Luis Ortiz more than three years ago. He is always in great shape and showed desire is still there against Dimitrenko in August when he was floored in round four.

Rivas has 17 KOs in 25 fights, but there are question marks against some of his opponents. With his strong amateur pedigree he will expect his skills, not necessarily his power, to cause problems.