Bivol looking to return in late summer

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The light heavyweight titleholder is open to anyone.

WBA light heavyweight titleholder Dmitry Bivol is looking to return in August or September, according to his manager, and since Bivol doesn’t have a deal with any broadcaster, he could actually fight pretty much anyone.

Bivol (16-0, 11 KO) is coming off of a wide decision win over slugger Joe Smith Jr on March 9, a fight that main evented a DAZN card. His previous recent outings had been on HBO, who of course left the fight game in December — well, they ended their schedule in December, you could argue they had checked out long before that.

The 28-year-old Bivol is one of the top fighters in a weight class that is very strong at the top, with fellow titleholders Sergey Kovalev, Oleksandr Gvozdyk, and Artur Beterbiev, plus Marcus Browne. A fight with any of those guys would obviously be attractive for fight fans.

Kovalev appears headed to Russia in June to face WBO mandatory Anthony Yarde, while Beterbiev fights May 4 against Radivoje Kalajdzic on ESPN. Gvozdyk is coming off of an injury TKO of Doudou Ngumbu on ESPN and Browne is with PBC and looking for a big fight. Bivol could certainly fit the bill.

Bivol has also entertained the idea of moving down to 168 pounds, possibly to face titleholder Callum Smith, which would happen on DAZN. Smith is returning June 1 on the Anthony Joshua card at Madison Square Garden.

DAZN’s option at 175 could be Callum Johnson, who was featured on the Bivol-Smith card to potentially set up a fight between those two, which wouldn’t be the worst thing, but certainly wouldn’t be on par with a unification or a fight with Browne, at least for the majority of fight fans.

Hopefully, everyone will chuck money and good fight options at Bivol and he’ll make bank and get something we want to see. But it’s boxing so it’s also possible he winds up fighting Sven Fornling or something.

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