Shakur Stevenson Makes His Pick for Anticipated Fight Between Dmitry Bivol and Artur Beterbiev

Published 01/07/2024, 6:00 AM EST

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Dmitry Bivol and Artur Beterbiev, names synonymous with power and skill, are on a collision course. It’s a fight brewing with anticipation, a potential light heavyweight blockbuster for the undisputed title. Amidst this, the current lightweight champion Shakur Stevenson, a keen observer and a rising star in the boxing universe, has thrown a curveball into the mix.

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Without revealing his pick, Stevenson’s cryptic take has stirred the pot. Is it a prediction or a prophecy? Will this be an all-out brawl or a tactical masterclass?

Shakur isn’t in doubt

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In a tweet that set the boxing world alight, Boxing Kingdom announced, “Artur Beterbiev vs Dmitry Bivol is already signed, for KSA. The only obstacle is Callum Smith next weekend. This could implode like Joshua vs Wilder…” This revelation marks a significant moment in the light heavyweight division, as Bivol and Beterbiev are poised for a historical showdown. Bivol, holding the WBA (Super) and IBO light heavyweight titles, has displayed remarkable prowess in his recent defenses. Beterbiev, wielding the IBF, WBC, and WBO titles, stands as a formidable opponent, known for his knockout power and aggressive style.

Quick to respond, Shakur Stevenson, a rising star with a sharp eye for the sport, tweeted, “That’s a 🔥 fight.. I think I’m taking Bivol in that one”. Stevenson’s endorsement of Bivol brings an added layer of excitement to the bout. Bivol’s technical skill and strategic approach in the ring could be the key to countering Beterbiev’s aggressive, power-driven tactics.

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The potential matchup between Bivol and Beterbiev isn’t just a fight; it’s a chess match with gloves, where every move could lead to a checkmate. The boxing world eagerly awaits this clash, where legacy and supremacy in the light heavyweight division are at stake.

The fight is already signed, but Callum Smith can spoil the plans.

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Smith to derail Beterbiev’s path to Dmitry Bivol showdown

In a bold statement, Eddie Hearn, head of Matchroom Boxing, has predicted a surprising twist in the light heavyweight narrative. Speaking about the rescheduled bout between Callum Smith and Artur Beterbiev, Hearn stated, “He won’t get sanctioned to challenge for the World Title coming off a Callum Smith KO defeat.”

This prediction was revealed in a tweet after a fan urged Hearn to support the Bivol vs. Beterbiev fight. According to Hearn, when Smith and Beterbiev face off in Quebec City on January 11, he expects Smith to score a knockout victory. Such an outcome, Hearn suggests, would not only shock the boxing world but also jeopardize the much-anticipated clash between Beterbiev and Bivol.

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Will Bivol and Beterbiev indeed face off in a legendary showdown? Or will Callum Smith’s potential upset rewrite the script entirely? What do you think? Will Beterbiev make it past Smith to face Bivol, or is an unexpected twist awaiting us in the ring? Share your thoughts.

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