Top contender Oscar Rivas is ready and willing to fight WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in December.
As BoxingScene.com recently reported, Fury is tired of waiting for the finalization of a contracted trilogy with Deontay Wilder – and instead he plans to stay busy with a homecoming fight on December 5 in the UK.
Rivas is co-promoted by Top Rank and Yvon Michel of GYM. Top Rank also co-promote Fury.
“Oscar is fit, available, ranked No 8 by the WBC and would gladly take the challenge,” Michel told Sky Sports.
“Now for December I believe Oscar would be the best and the logical choice for Fury in his first title defence. We know Fury loves challenges and fights for the fans. Fury has written the best story of all for a fighter who became a heavyweight champion of the world and I am sure he is aware of Rivas’ story.
“Rivas would be the best challenge and a fan-friendly fight. Oscar is in training and was supposed to fight on December 19 as co-feature on the Fury vs Wilder fight.”
Rivas has been out of the ring since losing a twelve round decision to Dillian Whyte in July 2019.
Whyte was the mandatory challenger to Fury’s title, and he was due a title shot by February 2021 – but all of that went up in smoke back in August, when Whyte was knocked out cold by Alexander Povetkin in the fifth round.
Now Rivas, instead of Whyte, could springboard to a WBC title shot.
“How ironic it would be to see Rivas fighting for the WBC heavyweight world title before Whyte who is trying to salvage his career in his next fight against Povetkin,” Michel added.
“Rivas proved he belongs with the top heavyweight contenders in the world. He has the skill and he is very dangerous for 12 rounds! Not only did he knock down Whyte in the ninth round but he had him hurt in the 12th also! He KO’d Bryant Jennings in the 12th round of their fight prior to the Whyte contest.
“A Fury vs Rivas fight would be a very intriguing and significant fight that will create awareness and attention everywhere. The selection of Rivas is a logical and the best possible choice, no doubt about it!”