Beterbiev vs Bivol
Set For Saudi Arabia In June!
(February 3rd) Riyadh Season, General Entertainment Authority, chairman Turki Alalshikh has announced Montreal, Canada, Artur Beterbiev and Indio, California, based Kyrgyzstani, Dmitry Bivol will finally square off in the fight for undisputed supremacy in the light heavyweight division, June 1st in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The 39-year-old 2008 and 2012 Russian Olympian and reigning WBC, IBF, and WBO Champion, Beterbiev is perfect as a pro sat 20-0, 20Ko’s since dropping a 13-17 2012 Olympic quarterfinal match to Oleksandr Usyk, August 5th, 2012 claimed the IBF title in November 2017 stopping Enrico Kolling in twelve making Ko defenses over Callum Johnson and Radivoje Kalajdzic added the WBC strap with a tenth-round stoppage of Oleksandr Gvozdyk, October 2019.
Recording IBF and WBC defense Ko wins over Adam Deines and Marcus Browne took home the WBO title knocking out Joe Smith Jr. in Madison Square Garden, June 2022 the heavy-handed Russian enters off January 2023 and January 24 inside the distance wins over Anthony Yarde and Callum Smith respectively.
The 33-year-old, WBA champion Bivol, 22-0, 11Ko’s hitting the pro ranks 2014 winning his first six, securing the WBA interim title, May 2016 out pointing Felix Valera, after two interim title defenses, was elevated to world champion 2017 when Badou Jack vacated the title. Successfully making eleven title defenses versus Trent Broadhurst, Sullivan Barrera, Isaac Chilemba, Jean Pascal, Joe Smith Jr., Gilbert Castillo Rivera, Craig Richards and Umar Salamov was listed by numerous sources as the fighter of the year, including Sports illustrated and The Ring Magazine with a May 2022 victory over top pound-for-pound champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez set the stage for one of the most intriguing fights in boxing with 2022 -23 victories over Gilberto Ramirez and Lyndon Arthur.
Full ticket and undercard information to follow soon.
Bivol: Beterbiev Will Be My Hardest Fight
WBA Light-Heavyweight World Champion
Looks Ahead To Mouth-Watering Undisputed Clash!
(January 22nd) Undefeated WBA Light-Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol believes that a potential undisputed clash with IBF, WBC and WBO ruler Artur Beterbiev would be the toughest test of his career.
Bivol spoke to Matchroom Boxing's 'Flash Knockdown' podcast about his win against Lyndon Arthur in Saudi Arabia, Artur Beterbiev's win over Callum Smith in Canada and a potential mega fight with his Russian rival later this year. To listen (click here).
Bivol (22-0, 11 KOs) famously handed Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez only the second loss of his career when he outpointed the multi-weight World Champion at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in May 2022 - but the 33-year-old says that a mouth-watering showdown with his compatriot Beterbiev would be a harder fight.
“To be honest I believe that it is the hardest test," said Bivol. "Why? Because he is stronger. I know that he is physically stronger than Canelo. He has good technique too. Many people talk about his power but they forget about his technique because his power is so much better than his technique, but he still had good technique.
“First of all he is strong, very strong. He’s like stone. His punches are very hard and his body is hard. He believes in himself a lot. He has experience, a lot of experience. If you look at his pro record, he doesn’t have too many fights, but he has a lot of experience in the amateurs. It helps him. He uses body shots with his right hand – it’s a good body shot. And he’s strong, this is one of the most important things.
“We’re all human. We all have weak sides. We all have good sides. Even him, we saw some of the moments which he wasn’t good in his last fight. I just need to create as many moments as I can that aren’t comfortable for him and I shouldn’t let him create moments that are uncomfortable for me. That’s it. It’s easy to be honest. We don’t need to think about it too much. Just do your work. I have to do my work and I know I can win if I do my work well."
The unbeaten pound-for-pound star is fresh from a shutout points win over Britain's Lyndon Arthur on the huge 'Day of Reckoning' event at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia last month - and a return to the Kingdom could be on the cards later this year if a dream showdown between Bivol and Beterbiev gets over the line.
“I’m happy that everything was under my control. I felt good for all 12 rounds. I was breathing well and I kept my health. Now I am excited to have another fight. I didn’t damage my body too much with my last fight. I have strength to fight again."
Beterbiev looked destructive as he continued his reign as unified Light-Heavyweight World Champion by wiping out Liverpool's Callum Smith in seven rounds at the Videotron Centre in Quebec city, Canada last week - but Bivol believes he possesses the skills to inflict a first career defeat on the 39-year-old powerhouse.
“Of course I watched the fight," said Bivol. "I wasn’t surprised too much to be honest. Beterbiev was good as I expected to be against Smith. I didn’t see something new. He was powerful like he was before and he did his job well.
“I thought he would win. I didn’t have any expectation how he would win. I just felt like he should win. He won like he won and I wasn’t surprised. I wasn’t surprised that he was coming too close to Smith easily. He just did his job well.
“I love boxing so much. I like smart boxing and I want to believe that I’m showing this boxing to the people. It should be better than power or just speed. I hope the skills should win. I hope I have enough skills to win this fight. I will push myself to do it."
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