Bivol Outlines His Plans, Wants Beterbiev For Undisputed

November 15, 2023
5 months

In today’s boxing news, Dmitry Bivol has opened up on his next fight with a view to then facing the winner of Artur Beterbiev vs. Callum Smith.

The WBA light heavyweight champion has not fought since his win over Zurdo Ramirez in 2022. The victory was preceded by arguably the biggest win of his career against Canelo Alvarez.

Although that may be the case, Bivol’s inactivity has impacted the fighter. A combination of a hand injury, as well as the failure to get an opponent has hindered his progress. A rematch with Canelo broke down due to disagreements over the weight.

Bivol was intent on facing Alvarez at 168 for his undisputed super middleweight titles, while Canelo was keen on avenging the loss on the same terms with a rematch at 175. 

Thereafter, several opponents were mentioned for Bivol. Joshua Buatsi and Anthony Yarde were in the conversation to face Bivol. However, the former turned down the fight with Bivol despite allegedly being offered a million.

Meanwhile, the reports linking Yarde were not enough to get a fight over the line. Regardless of who is next, Bivol’s plan of action moving forward was clear. 

Bivol On His Next Fight

“I hope in the next week to have news about my next fight. I hope it’ll be the end of this year or the beginning of next year. We have a couple of opponents. About them, my manager knows better. We’re talking about the fight probably being in the U.S. With the opponent, we’ll mix everything, and we’ll soon know. Of course, I would want to fight before Callum Smith & Beterbiev, and then I hope God will give me the chance to fight against the winner. I believe in my skills, and I hope I will win, and then I will fight against the winner of Beterbiev vs. Smith,” Bivol

And in order to build up the hype for the fight, Bivol and Beterbiev were both in attendance in Saudi Arabia for the Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou fight.

During the course of that process, the two managed to encounter each other, as it was clear that there was mutual respect between the pair.

And since Saudi Arabia will be hosting the undisputed bout between Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, an undisputed fight between Bivol and Beterbiev could also find its way there. But in the meantime, Bivol was pleased to see that the biggest fights were being made. 

Bivol On The Biggest Fights

“I feel good that I’m art this big fight in Riyadh. For me, it’s a new place. This is the first time I’ve been in Riyadh. It’s [Fury-Ngannou] is good until we have real boxing matches. If we see Crawford against Spence, if we see Lomachenko-Haney, and we see a lot of good fights, and then we see Fury-Ngannou. It’s good, but if we only see blogger fights, it’s not good for the sport, but this is good,” Bivol 

So, moving forward, Bivol has plenty to ponder about his next move. Find all the latest boxing news and MMA breaking updates on boxingblitz.