It’s been 19 months since gentle heavyweight titleholder Dmirty Bivol final fought. In fact that’s not the way in which Bivol would’ve most popular issues — he would’ve a lot quite stored lively throughout this time — however he’s additionally effectively conscious of the circumstances which have stored him out of the ring and tells RingTV that he believes it’s necessary for him to maintain his composure.
Bivol will likely be again in motion this weekend in Manchester, the place he’s scheduled to face Craig Richards, and whereas Bivol credit Richards with being a superb fighter that he’ll have to come back ready for, he’s nonetheless on the lookout for greater fish to fry, mentioning the winner of a potential Joe Smith Jr-Artur Beterbiev battle.
“As I’ve all the time stated, I want to unify titles with different champions as effectively,” he stated. “If they’re out there, I’m able to battle the winner of Smith vs. Beterbiev (who’re tabbed to face one another later this 12 months) or anyone within the prime 10 (of the) world rankings.”
Bivol’s supervisor, Vadim Kornilov, believes marquee fights for Bivol may very well be proper across the nook, saying they’re additionally hoping Gilberto Ramirez exhibits some curiosity in assembly Bivol within the ring. Naturally, although, Craig Richards will likely be standing in between Bivol and the fights he’s looking for within the brief time period, and Bivol can’t afford to fall flat right here if he needs the unification fights he seeks.