Bivol Interested In Moving To 168 Pounds
When it comes to big fights and title opportunities, boxers will do anything to get what they desire. While there are fights available for him in the light-heavyweight division, Dmitry Bivol has welcomed the idea of moving down to the super-middleweight division.
Speaking on “The Lockdown Tapes” podcast, Bivol (17-0), the WBA Light-Heavyweight Champion, discussed the idea of facing Artur Beterbiev, the current WBC and IBF Light-Heavyweight Champion. However, he is also interested in facing those in a division lower than him. A fighter Bivol would want to test his luck against is the super-middleweight king in Canelo Alvarez.
“I would prefer the fight at 175lbs as it’s my weight but I could move down to 168lbs, that’s not a big problem for me,” Bivol stated. “I had breakfast before my last fight on weigh-in day and think I have the reserves to come down.
“Canelo at Super-Middleweight is a big fight but everyone wants to fight him. He is just a man, he is just a boxer. You can earn money with him and it is a good opportunity to show your boxing skills to the whole world because of his massive fan base.”
Bivol made his professional debut in 2014. He quickly won the interim WBA Light-Heavyweight Title, and become undisputed Light-Heavyweight Champion around 2017. Beating the likes of Sullivan Barrera, Isaac Chilemba, Jean Pascal, and Joe Smith Jr., he last fought in October, besting Gilbert Lenin Castillo via unanimous decision.
When it comes to his ultimate goal, it is to face WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Callum Smith. Smith last fought in November, beating John Ryder via unanimous decision. Bivol believes his experience against Smith can help in the long run.
“I boxed Callum Smith in Hungary as an amateur and to be honest I don’t remember this fight at all! At the time, he was just a tall guy, with good skills from Great Britain and I had to beat him,” Bivol stated. “I think in the pro’s if we were to fight now it would be great for the British and Russian fans. It is a good fight for boxing because he is a champion at 168lbs and I am a champion at 175lbs. I want to fight the best in the world and he is now one of the best.”
Who would you like to see Bivol face in the super-middleweight division?