Bivol wants unification at 175 or title fight at 168

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The WBA light heavyweight titleholder wants a big fight.

WBA light heavyweight titleholder Dmitry Bivol is back in training and hoping for a big fight, either a title unification at 175 or a shot at a belt in the 168-pound division, again expressing his willingness to move down in weight for a significant bout.

Bivol (16-0, 11 KO) says his team has talked with the other titleholders at 175 and gotten nowhere:

“My team has had discussions with representatives with all the other belt holders at light heavyweight — Sergey Kovalev, Artur Beterbiev and Oleksandr Gvozdyk — and there has been no response for these title unification fights that the fans want to see. We’re all very good fighters. Let’s prove to the fans which one is best.”

The 28-year-old Russian won the interim WBA title in 2016 when he beat Felix Valera, and defended that twice with wins over Robert Berridge and Samuel Clarkson before being elevated to full titleholder. He’s defended that belt against Trent Broadhurst, Sullivan Barrera, Isaac Chilemba, Jean Pascal, and Joe Smith Jr.

The good news with Bivol is that although he does have a deal with Matchroom Boxing, he’s a broadcast free agent and thus can fight on any platform for the right deal without any big problems. He says he’s willing to fight Callum Smith at 168 or Canelo Alvarez at 168 or 175.

We’ll see what Bivol gets next, but hopefully he gets his wish and there’s a major fight out there.

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