“I’ve been training for ‘Chito’ Vera for the past three weeks or a month now,” Rivera said. “… I’ve been training for it, I’ve been working with tall guys, and I’ve been looking forward to it.”

Rivera has dropped three of his last four outings, having also suffered defeat to Aljamain Sterling and Marlon Moraes. His only win that run came after outpointing John Dodson in September 2018.