Wladimir Klitschko Doesn’t Want Dmitry Bivol To Fight Canelo
Wladimir Klitschko said he is against the Canelo Alvarez-Dmitry Bivol fight from taking place on May 7 in Las Vegas.
The former heavyweight champion said that Russian boxers should be barred from competition while Russia’s attacks on Ukraine continue to spiral.
“It’s nothing against the athletes, it’s about the politics of Russia,” Wladimir told BBC.
“Every Russian representative in this case needs to be sanctioned because this way we show Russia the world is against this senseless war and there is no good in this war.”
His brother and also a former heavyweight champion, Vitali, is the mayor of Kyiv, Ukraine, a spot where Russia has waged war in.
All four of boxing’s governing bodies said they will not sanction any fights in Russia until the country’s military action on Ukraine ends. The WBC, IBF and WBO also said they will not sanction any title fights involving Russian boxers for now.
A Russian officer who was recently captured by Ukrainian forces during the former’s bloody invasion said seeing Ukrainian boxing stars Oleksandr Usyk and Vasiliy Lomachenko volunteer for Ukraine’s defense forces convinced him that his Russia’s invasion is wrong.
“These people (Usyk and Lomachenko) are just ready to take arms,” the officer said in a video, seated among captured comrades.
“They said ‘we didn’t call you here’ and I feel shame that we came to this country.”
At the kick-off press conference for Bivol-Canelo, Bivol said he’s sad about what’s happening in his country.
“I have a lot of friends in Ukraine,” Bivol said at the kickoff news conference to promote the fight. “I have a lot of friends in Russia. My family is in Russia.”
“It’s really sad for me,” he said. “Every day I wake up and read the news and I hope it will stop.”
Bivol (19-0, 11 KOs) has made it clear that he isn’t intimidated by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (57-1-2, 39 KOs). The current WBA light heavyweight champion believes that he has everything in his arsenal to beat the Mexican boxer.
Speaking to Sean Jones, the Russian boxer claimed that his boxing skills and IQ will get him over the line against Alvarez on May 7. DAZN or Eddie Hearn is yet to reveal the pay-per-view price of the fight. However, there are rumors that it could range around $75.
Team Canelo had pushed for the match to be held in the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
T-Mobile Arena has become a happy hunting ground for the Juanacatian native as he fought for both fights against Gennadiy Golovkin and also against Erislandy Lara.
However, his wins have been nothing short of controversy as many fans have suggested that the judges became a helping hand in the Mexican’s wins.
Regardless of the venue factor, Bivol believes that he has enough in his artillery to make it a one-sided encounter.
The deal was supposed to be for Bivol’s WBA light heavyweight title, but it’s unclear if that will still be the case with all the sanctions on Russian boxers.