Light Heavyweight Champ Calls Out Canelo
While Sergey Kovalev may not be the option for Canelo Alvarez on September 14th, another light heavyweight champion of the world is willing to welcome Alvarez to the 175 pound division.
WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion, Dmitry Bivol in an interview his week said his goal is to unify the light heavyweight titles, but would have no qualms about fighting a super middleweight champion, like Alvarez.
“It’s time for me to unify at light heavyweight or fight one of the world champions at super middleweight, “said Bivol. “I’ve received many accolades from the international media and fans but most important for me is proving it in the ring that I am the best light heavyweight in the world.”
“My team has had discussions with representatives with all the other belt holders at light heavyweight; Sergey Kovalev, Artur Beterbiev and Oleksandr Gvozdyk and there has been no response for these title unification fights that the fans want to see. We’re all very good fighters, let’s prove to the fans which one is best!”
“I have also said that I am interested in fighting Callum Smith and Gilberto Ramirez at 168lbs., but never heard any response. I can make super middleweight and would love the opportunity to fight for a world title in that division,” Bivol continued.
“If Canelo Alvarez wants a true challenge on September 14 he can look no further and fight me at the super middleweight limit or light heavyweight. I am much more motivated by a challenge in fighting the best than material terms.”
Bivol was last in the ring on March 9th, when he gained a decision win over Joe Smith Jr, and his manager, Vadim Kornilov, echoed his fighter’s sentiments.
“Dmitry is ready to fight anyone at light heavyweight or super middleweight,” Kornilov said.
Not too many people ever mention fighting Dmitry, those that have didn’t actually want the fight when we tried to start negotiations. We’ve also heard there may be a tournament for the four title holders and we’re very interested in that. It would be a very competitive tournament.”
“Dmitry Bivol vs. Marcus Browne was the mandated fight for the world title but Browne’s team asked for an exception and he decided to first see if he can keep up with a fighter that Dmitry has already beaten. Dmitry is all about legacy, he doesn’t worry about anything as much as he does about leaving a major footprint in the history of the sport”
Alvarez remains without an opponent for September 14th, with the top two options being the aforementioned Kovalev, who is still in the process of finalizing an August fight with Anthony Yarde, and Gennadiy Golovkin, who refuses to fight Alvarez in Las Vegas following their first two fights going to a controversial draw and his first career loss.
Report: Boxing Scene