Bivol Eyes Undisputed Clash With Beterbiev

The WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol has set his sights on an undisputed fight with Artur Beterbiev

Bivol remains undefeated following his win against Zurdo Ramirez in December 2022. A variety of factors have prevented Bivol from fighting since that victory. A rematch with Canelo Alvarez failed after the Mexican wanted to run things back at 175 pounds, whereas Bivol aimed to fight at 168 for his undisputed title. A hand injury also kept Bivol out of action for a prolonged period. The champion returns to take on Lyndon Arthur this Saturday, which takes him one step closer to fighting the winner of Beterbiev vs Callum Smith.

“When I signed the contract with the Saudis for Lyndon Arthur, it wasn’t the main thing that they wanted. They want to make the undisputed fight in the light heavyweight division, and this is why I’m here. I hope that I win this fight, and my name fight will be for the undisputed in my weight class [175], not at super middleweight because the subject with Canelo is closed. I have my own way,” Bivol said 

Beterbiev will serve as a stern test of Bivol’s credentials. The Russian has a 100 percent knockout rate with 19 wins. But at 38, the unified champion is at the latter end of his career. His fight with Anthony Yarde showed vulnerability as he was repeatedly caught before stopping the Brit. But the undisputed fight has long been discussed, so the focus is at 175. 

“I can make 168, but only for a belt and nothing else. Canelo has four belts, and this is why I wanted to fight him. Now, we have our way. Right now, I’m focused on Lyndon Arthur first and then on my goal of becoming light heavyweight division. This is more realistic than other fights,” Bivol stated 

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