“Division Obviously Got a Bit of a Boost When Bivol Upset Canelo”: Promoters Suggest an Undisputed Title Clash Against Artur Beterbiev Is a Possibility

Published 06/19/2022, 11:22 AM EDT

Since the WBO light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol registered an upset win over the pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez, he has become a hotspot in boxing. It has also garnered boxing fans’ attention towards the ongoing turmoil of the light heavyweight division. Moreover, the recent announcement by Bivol’s promoter, Andrey Ryabinskiy, has added a new chapter of interest to it.

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Andrey Ryabinskiy told Skysports, “We like both of these fighters [Beterbiev and Smith] very much. Bivol would be extremely interested in having a fight against the winner of this bout, especially if the winner is Artur Beterbiev. The fight between Bivol-Beterbiev is a long-awaited dream of all boxing fans.” [H/T: BoxingScene]

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Undoubtedly, Bivol and Beterbiev are one of the biggest draws in boxing. Both are undefeated and belong to the same division, therefore a possibility of a clash between them for the undisputed throne is more interesting.

Notably, Beterbiev became the unified IBF, WBC, and WBO unified light heavyweight champ after stopping Joe Smith Jr. in the second round on Saturday. Therefore, a clash between Bivol and Beterbiev will unify four belts and give an undisputed division champion. Basically, the eyes of Bivol are on the undisputed championship at 175lbs.

YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA DECEMBER 12, 2021: Boxer Dmitry Bivol (C) wins a bout against boxer Umar Salamov for the WBA Super light heavyweight title as part of the RCC Boxing Promotions event at the Uralets cultural and entertainment centre. Donat Sorokin/TASS (Photo by Donat SorokinTASS via Getty Images)

Furthermore, Smith Jr. has already suffered a defeat against Bivol in the past.

What did Beterbiev’s promoter say about the fight with Dmitry Bivol?

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Beterbiev’s promoter, Top Rank President Todd DuBoef, has expressed his interest in the idea of a Bivol fight. According to DuBoef, the talks for this fight happened, but due to the COVID pandemic, things changed. But now, he believes that this fight is bigger as Bivol has become a big name in boxing since he stunned the undisputed super-middleweight champion, Canelo Alvarez.

PHILADELPHIA, UNITED STATES – OCTOBER 19, 2019: Artur Beterbiev of Russia poses with the IBF and WBC belts as he celebrates victory in a light heavyweight IBF-WBC world title unification boxing fight against Oleksandr Gvozdyk of Ukraine (not pictured) at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)

In an interview with SkySport, DuBoef said, “I think that division obviously got a bit of a boost when Bivol upset Canelo. But there will be plenty of options for the winner of this fight. “

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Watch This Story: Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr. Stats: Record, Height, Reach, and Knockout Ratio

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek Singh is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Following the completion of his training as an amateur boxer, he is currently preparing to appear for trials at the state and national levels. With over 3 years of experience in playing the sport, Abhishek is also the holder of a Bachelor's in Arts degree from the University of Delhi.

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