With no fights taking place at the moment we've decided that the show must go on and it'd be foolish to not continue to some of our many running series. With that mind let us bring you the next in our "Who are you?" series...a series that has been on a short hiatus, but really doesn't need to be halted any longer.
Today we'll be looking at heavy handed Filipino puncher All Rivera (21-4, 18), a huge punching fighter who's flawed, but fun to watch, like many punchers. He's never likely to make a mark on the world scene but at the regional level he is danger man and someone who could be involved in a lot of great fights when boxing returns later in the year.
Born in March 1993 All De Guia Rivera in Bonbon, North Samar River is certainly not someone we expect many fans to be too aware of. Despite that he's been a professional for close to a decade and has proven to be a bit of a glass cannon, and lots be honest glass cannons are great fun to watch!
Rivera debuted in August 2011, aged 18, and he was stopped in just 67 seconds. Despite the loss he was back in the ring just 2 months later, when he stopped Mark Paulo Minguillan in 3 rounds, having been dropped in round 2 before stopping Minguillan the following round.
After notching his first win Rivera wouldn't fight against for 7 months. When he did get back in the ring he scored his second win, stopping Avelino Ramos, and started to slowly create some momentum scoring 3 more wins in the following 7 months to end 2012 with a 5-1 (4) record. By then his debut loss was firmly behind him and although he was still fighting at a very low level he was moving in the right direction.
The quality of Rivera's opponents began to step up in 2013. They still weren't notable opponents but they went from novices to fighters with experience, like Roselito Campana and Ronals Postrano. Not only were the opponents stepping up, but so to was the scheduled length of his bouts, with Rivera's 8th bout scheduled for 10 rounds. He didn't need the rounds, due to his power, but was obviously expected to be able to manage the rounds if needed.
Sadly for Rivera a step up in 2014 proved to be too much as he was stopped in 7 rounds by the often over-looked Leonardo Doronio. Going in to that bout Rivera was 10-1 (8) whilst Doronio was 13-9-2 (8), but Doronio was experienced at a much higher level to Rivera and the result showed that difference. The loss served to be a blessing of sorts for Rivera who moved up in weight in 2015 and scored several notable wins. They included blowing out the experienced Mark Sales and taking the unbeaten record of Adones Cabalquinto, who was 21-0 at the time.
Having strung together a couple of good wins Rivera got his biggest bout to date, an OPBF title fight in Japan against Shinya Iwabuchi. On paper this looked like a tough, tough ask for Rivera on his international debut. In reality however he made it look easy, beating up, breaking down and bashing Iwabuchi into submission, stopping the popular Japanese slugger in 7 rounds. Rivera would then go on to defend his title, 9 months later, against Adones Cabalquinto in their second clash.
As we entered 2017 Rivera was racing away and had moved to 17-2 (15), he was a regional champion, he was looking exciting and was still only 23 years old. There was a lot to get excited about in regards to the Filipino and his future. He then travelled to Russia and battled Aik Shakhnazaryan, in what turned out to be a thrilling 12 round bout. The action seemed to be dictated, overall, by Rivera, who seemed to do enough for the decision. Sadly though Rivera would go on to lose a razor thin split decision to the Russian.
Rivera bounced back from the controversial loss to Shakhnazaryan by winning 3 bouts in a row at home before travelling off to the US last September. Sadly for Rivera he was stopped inside a round on his US debut by Malik Hawkins. The talented Hawkins was far too good, too sharp and too heavy handed for the Filipino, dropping him late in the opening round. It seemed like Rivera beat the count, but the bout was waved off regardless.
Since losing to Hawkins we've also seen Rivera fight once, defeating Rodel Wenceslao back in February for the GAB Welterweight title.
With potential fights at 140lbs or 147lbs there are some match ups out there for Rivera. Clashes with the likes of Rikki Naito, Alvin Lagumbay, Jayar Inson, Hiroki Okada or Yuki Beppu would also be great to see. Fingers crossed we do see at least one of those potential clashes when the sport returns later in 2020.
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