Hearn: “Bivol Wants To Be Undisputed But We Have Plenty Options!”

Eddie Hearn Looking for Fall 2022 Opponent for Dmitry Bivol

Dmitry Bivol and his various options for upcoming fights
(clockwise from left) Dmitry Bivol, Joshua Buatsi, Callum Smith, Joe Smith Jr., Artur Beterbiev

Eddie Hearn Not Hurting for Fight Options to Provide Dmitry Bivol

Earlier this month, WBA Super 175-pound champion Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11KOs) put on a masterful performance as he pulled off a huge upset defeating undisputed 168-pound champion Canelo Alvarez (57-2-2, 39KOs) by unanimous decision. With the recent news of Alvarez electing to go ahead with the trilogy bout against Gennady Golovkin, this leaves the Russian in search of his next opponent.

Appearing on the DAZN boxing show was promoter Eddie Hearn. After discussing the Alvarez vs Golovkin trilogy, he turned his attention to Bivol.

“He’s going to be fighting around that same time, September or October, whenever that might be. So we know that Beterbiev and Joe Smith are fighting in June, so Dmitry Bivol could even look at the undisputed fight later in the year with us. Obviously, Joshua Buatsi just won on the weekend, so that’s a fight we’d be very interested in making.

As well, you’ve got Callum Smith there, another one of our fighters that we represent. So we’ve got plenty of options for him in terms of voluntary defenses. He wants to become undisputed, but at the same time he wants the rematch because that rematch is going to make him a hell of a lot of money.”


Priority number one for Bivol is to become the undisputed champion at light heavyweight, which he’s on record of saying. However, if that opportunity doesn’t present itself, a fight with Buatsi has some intrigue after he defeated Craig Richards in a WBA eliminator on May 21. While he may not be quite ready for Bivol at this moment, if an opportunity comes, he will undoubtedly take it.

As for Smith, he’s a former WBA Super 168-pound champion who made his light heavyweight debut last September, scoring a second-round knockout over Lenin Castillo. At 6’2, he has the height and length to give Bivol problems. However, after his performance against Alvarez back in December of 2020 and what Bivol just did to Alvarez, I don’t know how many people would be eager to see that matchup.

Regardless of who Bivol faces next, his win over the undisputed super middleweight champion has opened many doors for big-money fights moving forward.

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By: Jerrell Fletcher

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