Bivol: “Beterbiev Or Canelo; I Will Choose Whichever Fight Is Easier To Make!”

Bivol Will Take Whichever Path Easiest Leads Him to Undisputed

Dmitry Bivol wants Artur Beterbiev and Canelo Alvarez undisputed fights equally
(R-clockwise) Dmitry Bivol, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, Artur Beterbiev | credit: Top Rank

Dmitry Bivol Has No Preference on Facing Beterbiev or Canelo Next

When asked what is the most important to Super WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (21-0, 11 KO’s), he will wholeheartedly say it’s the reputation he leaves behind. And this is precisely why he’d technically be content to pick his next opponent with a coin toss. That’s because two of the potential leading candidates are undisputed super middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (59-2-2, 39 KO’s) and IBF, WBO and WBC light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev (19-0, 19 KO’s).

As previously mentioned, Bivol explained to SecondsOut that he’s concerned about his resume because it will ultimately define his career once done. So even though Canelo is the bigger boxing attraction, and should bring the greater revenue, the fact that they are both champions make them equal in Bivol’s eyes.

“Two options for belts for me. In my career, what I say about my career, ‘how I could make my legacy better?’ I get belts now! I need to fight for the belts. I can fight for belts in 175 (Beterbiev) or in 168 (Canelo) . . . It doesn’t matter, on today it doesn’t matter. [Whichever] fight is easier to make, I will choose this fight!”


Unfortunately for Bivol, he may not be able to land either fight. While there is definitely the chance that something could change, it appears that for the moment the talks with Canelo have come to an end. When it comes to Beterbiev, politics have reared its ugly head. Naturally, Bivol would want to challenge for the WBC title. However, the WBC sanctioning body has said no one from Russia can compete for one their title.

Obviously this throws a monkey wrench into the WBA champion’s plans to become undisputed at light heavyweight. For his sake, and the boxing fans, it’d certainly be a splendid turn of events if either the Alvarez and Beterbiev prizefight fell through. Yet, regardless of what’s next for any of the three fighters, 3Kings Boxing will be here to report the news.

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