Beterbiev won’t be able to fight Bivol until mid-2023 – promoter


British promoter Eddie Hearn made it clear that a rematch with the already beaten Canelo Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KOs) is not of interest to the Russian WBA Super light heavyweight champion (up to 79.4 kg) Dmitry Bivol (21-0, 11 KOs) as well as the opportunity to win the title of absolute champion in a unification fight against compatriot Artur Beterbiev (18-0, 18 KOs), who owns the WBC, IBF and WBO titles.

At the same time, Beterbiev will obviously be unavailable for a fight in the first half of 2023, and the enterprising Eddie admits that Bivol will not risk his title and drop into the Canelo category to face him again in May.

“I think. It’s pretty obvious that Dmitry Bivol is interested in heritage and belts,” Hearn said. – He wants to become the absolute champion, this is his main focus. From my side, we want to do the biggest fights possible, and the rematch with Canelo Alvarez is a very big fight. But the priority for Dmitry is still the absolute championship.

“However, if Beterbiev fights Yard in January or February, and then leaves for Ramadan, then he will not be ready to fight Dmitry until June or July,” the promoter said.

Recall that at the end of last week, Bivol successfully defended the title in a duel against the obligatory challenger from Mexico, Gilberto Ramirez. Boxer of the Year — report from vRINGe.

Meanwhile, Bivol answered after Ramirez whether he would beat Beterbiev.