Bivol Seeks Beterbiev-Smith Winner For Undisputed Title

Dmitry Bivol wants the winner of Artur Beterbiev vs Callum Smith for the right to become the undisputed light heavyweight champion. 

Bivol recently defended his title against Lyndon Arthur, his first win since beating Zurdo Ramirez. A hand injury kept Bivol out of action for around a year after the Ramirez win. The WBC also stopped Russian fighters from competing for its WBC belt because of the Russia-Ukraine war, which prevented an undisputed fight. But Bivol’s decision to fight in Saudi Arabia was motivated by the Kingdom’s desire to put on an undisputed fight. That is what Bivol had his focus on.

“To have all the belts? It’s just that the mission is done. If I get all the belts. I’ve achieved what I wanted. When I’m talking about it, I feel the fire inside of me. I feel happy and sad because when you’re playing some game and you’re done. You’ve won this game. I see that I’m close. We will see,” Bivol said

Beterbiev and Smith face off on January 13, 2024. Beterbiev has an undefeated record of 19-0, with 19 stoppages. Smith is also on an impressive run, as his only loss came against Canelo Alvarez. Since that defeat, he has stopped all of his opponents. Bivol has faced Smith previously when he beat him to secure the 2012 Mohammed Ali Trophy. But Beterbiev is the favorite, and the fight boxing fans were hoping for that fight. 

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