“Ask him when the fight will happen”: Bivol called Beterbiev after defeating Artur Boxer Bivol said he wants to fight Beterbiev 24.12.2023, 11:33

“Ask him when the fight will happen”: Bivol called Beterbiev after defeating Artur Boxer Bivol said he wants to fight Beterbiev 24.12.2023, 11:33

Dmitry Bivol’s fight was one of the most anticipated events of the end of the year for Russian boxing fans. The 33-year-old World Boxing Association (WBA) light heavyweight champion last appeared in the ring in November 2022, defeating Mexican Gilberto Ramirez by unanimous decision. Now, as part of a tournament in Saudi Arabia, he had to defend his title against Briton Lyndon Arthur, the holder of the International Boxing Organization (IBO) belt.

Before the fight, Arthur claimed he knew how to outmaneuver Russia’s undefeated champion. But Bivol ultimately exceeded all expectations.

He entered the ring with extreme focus and reached incredible speed from the first round, literally not letting his opponent come to his senses.

For three rounds, Arthur could do nothing but defend himself.

After an explosive start, Dmitry slowed the pace in the fourth round. But even now the Briton failed to give his rival a real fight; Lyndon was greatly astonished by such a beginning. In the end, Bivol was almost twice as accurate as Artur, knocking him down and winning by a landslide unanimous decision: all three judges showed 120-107 in favor of Bivol on their cards.

Thus, the Russian boxer defended his WBA Super title for the sixth time, adding the IBO belt he received from Arthur.

And Bivol’s professional record is 22 wins (11 by knockout) and not a single loss. Now the main intrigue is when and under what conditions the fight between Bivol and the current world champion according to the versions of the World Boxing Council (WBC), International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) Russian Artur Beterbiev. it will include. And there is now almost no doubt that this fight will happen. Commenting on his defeat, Lyndon Arthur also believes this.

“Bivol was very good, I believe he could beat Beterbiev. I only found out about our fight four weeks ago, but that doesn’t justify me in any way,” Arthur said in an interview after the fight.

Bivol once again emphasized his interest in fighting his compatriot. He stated that the organizers of the tournament in Saudi Arabia are also interested in staging the fight between the two light heavyweight stars.

“It was a good fight. Lyndon has a good shot. I’m happy to win this fight at the end of the year. Now I see the goal. I hope Beterbiev wins his fight. I have 11 defenses. I couldn’t get anything from my opponents, but now I have another belt.

The fight with Beterbiev was also interesting here in Saudi Arabia when I signed the contract for this fight. They want this fight, everyone wants this fight.

“It makes me happy that there are people who organize such fights thanks to them,” said Bivol. “Championship”.

In turn, undefeated Beterbiev (19-0) will have to defend his title against Briton Callum Smith (29-1), this fight is scheduled for January 13 in Canada. He expressed hope that he could finally step into the ring against Bivol next year.

“Hopefully we fight in 2024. But now it’s 2023 and I think for the last four or five years he’s been saying he wants to fight me. He talks about it all the time but it’s just talk.

I hope one day he will stop talking and fight with me. I don’t know, he keeps talking about it.

I have a question: I’ve fought two merger challenges before. I fought Gvozdyk, I fought Joe Smith. Do you understand?

I want this fight too [с Биволом]. They ask us when the fight will take place. I say ask him. Five years ago I was ready for this challenge. He always talks about fighting, but he doesn’t fight. This is true. I’ve had two unification fights in the last four years, he’s had none,” Beterbiev said in an interview. Boxing Scene.

Heavyweight fights also took place within the scope of the tournament in Saudi Arabia. Former WBC champion American Deontay Wilder lost to former WBO champion Joseph Parker of New Zealand by unanimous decision. In the main event of the night, former WBA Super, WBO, IBF and IBO belt holder Briton Anthony Joshua knocked out former WBA Continental champion Swedish Otto Wallin in the fifth round.

What are you thinking?

Russian boxer Dmitry Bivol confidently defended his WBA Super and IBO championship titles in a duel with Briton Lyndon Arthur, defeating his opponent by unanimous decision. After the fight, he stated that his goal was to meet with his compatriot Artur Beterbiev. “socialbites.ca” – About how Dmitry Bivol’s 11th belt defense went.

Source: Gazeta


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