ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – Light heavyweight world titleholder Dmitry Bivol is dreaming of landing the big names for world title unification fights, but boxing politics may prevent him from doing so -- at least for right now.
Bivol (15-0, 11 KO's), 27, a Kyrgyzstan native based in Russia, is willing to move down to the super middleweight division limit of 168-pounds to explore taking a crack at their champions.
Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez takes on WBA "Regular" titlist Rocky Fielding on December 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. If Alvarez wins the fight, Bivol wants first dibs.
“It’s a good fight,” Bivol said Saturday night during the post-fight press conference following his unanimous decision victory against Jean Pascal. “Many fighters want to fight against Canelo. Of course, me, too.”
Canelo (50-1-2, 34 KO's), 28, is coming off the most prestigious win of his career, a 12-round majority decision over previously unbeaten champion Gennady Golovkin in a highly-anticipated middleweight world title rematch.
Vadim Kornilov, Bivol’s manager, added that Callum Smith (25-0, 18 KO's), the WBA's "super" champion, is potentially interested
“Callum Smith actually called Bivol out, the 168 champ,” Kornilov said. “So maybe he wants to fight.”
“Every time I can make super middleweight, because I’m not a big guy,” Bivol said. “You saw my fight against Pascal. He was bigger than me. I’m not a big guy. Maybe if another fighter [were] in my place [he] can make super middleweight. But I know big fights [are at] light heavyweight. It’s a more interesting weight for us. This is why I’m here, in the light heavyweight division.”