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.