Longtime heavyweight veteran Bryant Jennings will get the opportunity at revenge, when he faces Oscar Rivas in a rematch on June 18 in Montreal. However, the venue for the clash has not yet been determined.
The two boxers will collide in the first ever WBC title fight in the bridgerweight division - a new weight division the sanctioning body recently created. The weight limit spans from 200 to 224-pounds.
"After Oscar's victory on March 16, I mentioned that the fight against Jennings was shaking up the sleeve," promoter Yvon Michel told Mathieu Boulay of The Montreal Journal.
"Based on the lack of interest in from the Jennings camp, we spoke with Kevin Lerena's promoter, Rodney Berman. Lerena is ranked number 2 [at bridgerweight].
“The WBC even sanctioned the fight. However, the Jennings clan, Top Rank and the ESPN network returned to the table to strike a deal.”
At the start of the negotiations, Jennings wanted a large amount of money to face Rivas. According to the paper, ESPN decided to accept Jennings' initial request.
“I received the signed contract from Jennings in the last few hours. As for Rivas, he will sign it on Friday at our office. It will finalize everything," Michel said.
The two boxers collided for the first time on January 18, 2019 in New York State. It was a very close fight, with Rivas rallying in the late rounds to stop Jennings in the twelfth and final round of action.