Inactivity Could Spell The End For Oscar Rivas

Oscar Rivas Could Be on the Outs with Boxing

Oscar Rivas could exit boxing soon
Oscar Rivas | Credit: Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images, Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Oscar Rivas May Already Be at His Career’s End

WBC inaugural bridgerweight champion Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas (28-1, 19KO) has not been able to capitalize on being a champion. Inactivity has plagued his career and with the latest injury news, the Colombian’s career may be coming to an end.

After being out of the ring since 2021, Rivas was to return to both boxing and the heavyweight division against Efe Ajagba. However, he suffered an eye injury during sparring that required him to pull out, per his promoter Yvon Michel.

Oscar Rivas withdraws from Efe Ajagba fight

At 35 years old, Rivas can not afford to be sidelined for very long. Moreover, the WBC could come knocking looking to strip him of the title. The longer he is away from the ring, the harder it can be to regain his career.


Rivas, at one point in his career, was a top-ten heavyweight contender hot on the trails of champions Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.

Kaboom’s career is marred with stints of inactivity going back to 2009. However, he was able to navigate a way to a title eliminator bout against Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte in 2019. After losing his first professional fight, Rivas disappeared from the sport before resurfacing almost two years later.

In addition, he exited the heavyweight division to become the first-ever champion in the most irrelevant division in all of boxing. In 2021, Rivas pulled a disappearing act after defeating Ryan Rozicki for the title.

Typically when fighters win a world championship, a certain amount of fame and fortune is supposed to follow. Unfortunately, Rivas has not been able to enjoy the fruits of his labor.

By: Bo Bland

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Garrisson Bland - Head of Public Relations/Senior Journalist. Garrisson is the Head of Public relations for as well as a senior writer. He is also the host of YouTube boxing show "Truth And Facts Sports Talk."