Ryan Rozicki vs. Olanrewaju Durodola – WBC Eliminator on December 2

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Three Lions Promotions is staging a card on Saturday December 2nd at The Emera Centre Stadium in Sydney, NS Canada.

The event will be headlined by a 12-round WBC cruiserweight final eliminator between world title challengers Ryan “The Bruiser” Rozicki (19-1, 18 KOs) and Nigeria’s Olanrewaju “God’s Power” Durodola (43-9, 39 KOs).

The winner will become the mandatory challenger. The WBC cruiserweight title, which was vacated by Badou Jack, will be contested by ranked #1 Noel Gevor Mikaelyan (26-2-0, 11 KOs) and former WBC titleholder, ranked #2 Ilunga Junior Makabu (29-3, 25 KOs) – which takes place on November 4th in Miami, Florida. 

Rozicki is currently ranked #8 by WBC and suffered his only loss against Oscar Rivas (28-1, 19 KOs) in October of 2021 when he challenged for the vacant WBC bridgerweight title.

Since that defeat, Rozicki has won his last six fights, four of which were stopped before the end of the third. Rozicki’s most recent accolade was being crowned the NABF cruiserweight champion on September 30th, winning with a spectacular KO in the tenth round against the then defending champion, USA’s Alante Green (10-2-1, 7Kos). 

Durodola, who resides in both the USA and Nigeria, is currently ranked #12 by the WBC and like Rozicki, he too had his hand raised in his last six fights, winning them all by way of knockout.

Durodola’s last defeat, nearly two years ago, was to current WBC #6 Richard Riakporhe (16-0, 14 KOs) of Britain. Durodola would get his second chance fighting for the same title, if he becomes the mandatory, originally challenging Makabu back in December of 2020.

The chief support of the evening will see Canadian super middleweight champion John Michael Bianco (6-0,4 KOs) against Bryam Galvez (5-2-2, 2 KOs) of Mexico alongside WBC youth lightweight titleholder Pedro Bernal (12-1-2, 3 KOs) of Mexico and Artur Ziyatdinov (15-1, 10 KOs) of Ukraine, in separate bouts.

The undercard will also feature an all-Canadian middleweight matchup between Brett Beaton (4-1, 2 KOs) against Kenny Chery (4-7-1, 2 KOs). Full fight card to be released in the coming days. 

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