The WBO Inter-Continental Title has found a new home with the unbeaten light heavyweight beast, Juan Carrillo. This follows his slick victory over the previously untouched Richard Vansiclen on June 9. Now, he’s got one thing on his mind: a face-off with Dmitriy Bivol, the current WBO Light Heavyweight Champion, who as of now, doesn’t have anyone to step into the ring with.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, Carrillo confidently said, “I have the power and the experience to take down any of the light heavyweight champions. I’m backing myself and I know that when my moment comes, I’m going to seize it with both hands.”
Carrillo (11-0, 8 KOs), a spry 30-year-old, went pro back in May 2019. He brought with him an illustrious amateur career that boasts wins over the ex-world champ Hassan N’Dam and UK’s tough guy Liam Williams. Originating from Barranquilla, Colombia, Carrillo’s winning streak stretched over six fights leading him to the bout with Vansiclen. His victory over Vansiclen, which was broadcasted live on SHOWTIME, locked him into the top 15 rankings. Now, Carrillo believes it’s his time to square up with Bivol.
“Bivol’s calendar is looking pretty empty right now,” Carrillo pointed out. “I’m ready to fill that void and show the world that I’m the best in the light heavyweight division.”
Dmitriy Salita, President of Salita Promotions, who co-promotes Carrillo with Lou DiBella’s DiBella Entertainment, chimed in, “The light heavyweight division is thirsty for a new star. Juan has the experience and in his last fight showed he has the hunger and power to become the champion.”