Reported by Charles Brun, it has actually been revealed that Dmitry Bivol, the WBA light heavyweight champ, will safeguard his title against either Anthony Yarde or Dan Azeez in his next fight, set up for August or September.
Although Bivol (21-0, 11 KOs) has actually revealed his choice for dealing with the winner of the upcoming fight in between Artur Beterbiev and Callum Smith, Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn desires him to handle a British challenger.
Yarde (23-3, 22 KOs) formerly battled Beterbiev in January however lost after an error in the 8th round led to a knockout. Despite this defeat, Hearn thinks that Yarde’s efficiency was good adequate to necessitate another chance at a title. While this may not agree with the other competitors in the WBA’s leading 15, it is the nature of the sport.
Before verifying a fight with Bivol, Hearn will require to speak with Yarde’s promoter George Warren to guarantee his schedule and interest in the match.
“Dmitry Bivol wishes to fight the winner of the Smith vs. Beterbiev fight, however I believe that’s taking place in August, so you’ll most likely see him fight in August or early September,” Hearn described to iFL television.
“So, preferably, I’d like him to deal with a British challenger. Anthony Yarde or Dan Azeez would be excellent choices,” Hearn included.
In order to possibly establish a rematch with Canelo Alvarez next year, Hearn recommends that it would be useful to discover an American fighter for Bivol to deal with.
However, if Canelo deals Bivol the very same agreement terms as their very first fight, it might suggest that he has no interest in a rematch.
“It’s possible that Dan Azeez is a complimentary representative, which implies we might possibly use him a fight against Dmitry Bivol,” Hearn exposed. “Azeez has an excellent story and has actually shown his ability by ending up being the British, Commonwealth, and European champ.”
Though Azeez, 33, has current success over Thomas Faure, Rocky Fielding, and Shakan Pitters, he is thought about to be of a lower quality than Bivol.
Regarding Yarde, Hearn thinks that he should have another world title fight after his exceptional efficiency against Beterbiev.
“I believe Anthony Yarde would be a significant challenger for Dmitry Bivol, and he has actually made another chance at a world title after his piece de resistance against Beterbiev,” Hearn mentioned.
Ultimately, the choice on Bivol’s next challenger from the British boxing scene will be in between Azeez and Yarde, according to Hearn.