Why has Dmitry Bivol been under the radar?
Paging Dimitry Bivol! Could you please report back into the minds of boxing fans?
It’s been six months since the WBA regular champion has fought. Also, there have been very few updates regarding his return outside of the rumored October 12 return date.
Bivol was last in the ring easily out-boxing Joe Smith on his way to his fourth consecutive title defense.
The 27-year old Russian is one of boxing’s best young fighters, evident by his impressive resume. He holds wins over former light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and former world title challengers Sullivan Barrera and Isaac Chilemba.
Still, one has to wonder why isn’t he participating in a unification bout with one of the other fellow champions?
Much less, why is he still the “regular” title holder when the “super” title is vacant? Most WBA regular champions will be upgraded to super status at the point at which Bivol has been defending the title. Why is he being ignored?
In October, we’ll see the WBC champion Oleksandr Gvodzky take on IBF champion Artur Biterbiev in a high stakes unification bout.
That leaves Sergey Kovalev right? Wrong! As we’ve reported, Kovalev is headed towards a match-up with middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez in November. Therefore, that leaves Bivol out in the cold for now.
For a guy as skilled as he is with as promising a future, he shouldn’t be a forgotten man in a division that’s not really loaded outside of the champions previously mentioned.
Hopefully 2020 is a breakout year for the unbeaten champ that involves clashes with the rest of the light heavyweight elite.
By: Jerrell Fletcher