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Bryant Jennings to face Oscar Rivas on Jan. 18

Jennings is looking to get back to another heavyweight title shot.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Philadelphia heavyweight Bryant Jennings will look to extend his win streak and get closer to another title shot on Jan. 18, when he faces Oscar Rivas in an ESPN+ main event from the Turning Stone in Verona, New York.

Jennings (24-2, 14 KO) has won five in a row since back-to-back losses to Wladimir Klitschko and Luis Ortiz in 2015, most recently stopping Alexander Dimitrenko in an ESPN-televised main event on Aug. 18.

The 34-year-old fighter is currently ranked No. 2 by the WBO, No. 7 by the WBA, No. 9 by the IBF, and No. 13 by the WBC, so he’s in the mix with all the organizations at the moment. He holds the WBO-associaed NABO title and the IBF’s international title.

Rivas (24-0, 17 KO) is a 31-year-old Colombian now based in Montreal. He represented Colombia at the 2008 Olympics. He has a fight set for Dec. 1 on the Stevenson-Gvozdyk undercard against Brazil’s Fabio Maldonado (26-0, 25 KO), and will have to come out of that with a win and lacking any injury that makes a quick turnaround impossible. So this fight is agreed to fully and has been announced, but there’s still that hurdle to clear.

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