Like all prizefighter, Michel Rivera aspires to be a world titleholder. Regardless of how lengthy Rivera plans on combating professionally, depend on him making an attempt to get higher after every outing.
Rivera is again in motion Saturday night time as he’ll face hard-hitting Joseph Adorno in a conflict of unbeaten fighters at The Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The ten-round bout will precede the primary occasion bout between junior middleweight contenders Tim Tszyu and Terrell Gausha.
Each fights will air dwell on Showtime (9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT).
At Friday’s weigh-in, Rivera weighed 136.5 kilos. Adorno weighed in at 136.75 kilos. The contract weight for the struggle was 137 kilos.
Rivera (22-0, 14 knockouts), who’s initially from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and now resides in Miami, Florida, final fought on October 30, defeating Argentina’s Jose Matias Romero by choice over 10 one-sided rounds. In his earlier struggle on July 3, Rivera overcame a knockdown within the sixth spherical to knock out Jon Fernandez of Spain within the eighth spherical.
Due to the knockdown he suffered, some have questioned Rivera’s chin and whether or not he might take a punch. Adorno is a hard-hitting puncher who has had issue lacking weight in latest fights, however Rivera respects his means within the ring.
“I used to be by no means harm by the knockdown within the Fernandez struggle,” Rivera instructed The Ring Wednesday afternoon. “For the time being he landed the punch, I used to be off-balanced. I’m not disputing the knockdown, however I used to be not harm in any respect. If something, I used to be capable of display I might overcome Fernandez and his type to come back out on high.
“I do know Joseph goes to come back to struggle. He hits arduous and goes to be at his greatest on Saturday. He fights nicely on the within. I’m going to must be at my greatest and be prepared for what he brings.”
Rivera has impressively handed every take a look at so far towards above-average opposition. He’s starting to emerge as a contender after combating a handful of instances on ShoBox telecasts.
The 24-year-old is taken into account by many boxing insiders a gifted boxer-puncher with a shiny future forward, however Rivera is concentrated on enhancing his skill-set as a lot as attainable.
“I take this very critically,” stated Rivera, who’s promoted by Sampson Lewkowicz. “After every struggle, I see what I would like to enhance on. Each day is a lesson within the health club and I work on enhancing as a fighter. The next 12 months or in 5 years of now, I’ll all the time wish to continue learning to change into a greater fighter.”
Rivera is knocking on the door to enter the higher echelon of a talent-rich light-weight division. A formidable victory over Adorno might land him a struggle later this 12 months towards one other high light-weight fighter.
There are the obstacles as different lightweights are promoted by totally different promoters, however Rivera is open to face the most effective within the division. Lewkowicz has demonstrated he’s keen to work with different promoters in boxing.
As Ring Journal light-weight champion and unified titleholder George Kambosos, Jr. finalizes whether or not to face Devin Haney or one other high light-weight in June, Rivera’s greatest wager could possibly be to struggle in a world title eliminator for one of many sanctioning our bodies. A win or two away could possibly be the distinction in Rivera getting a world title shot.
“I imagine I’m amongst the most effective within the division. I hope for a possibility for a world title shot or combating in an eliminator by the top of the 12 months. I simply wish to present what I’m able to within the ring.”
Opening the Showtime telecast can be a junior welterweight bout between Elvis Rodriguez (12-1-1, 11 KOs) and Juan Jose Velasco (22-2-1, 12 KOs).
Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has coated boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He may be reached by e mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing