By Dan Ambrose: Promoter Eddie Hearn says Dmitry Bivol may wind up on the undercard of the Devin Haney vs. Regis Prograis card on December ninth on DAZN PPV.
Including Bivol to the cardboard could be a technique of accelerating the purchase charge, as he’s widespread within the U.S. following his victory over Canelo Alvarez final 12 months.
Hearn says he’s in talks with DAZN, however he’s uncertain whether or not Bivol (21-0, 11 KOs) will comply with that date. The highest contenders within the WBA’s 175-lb rankings have declined to take the struggle with Bivol.
Combating on the undercard of Haney-Prograis could be a step backward for WBA gentle heavyweight champion Bivol, as he’s been headlining currently together with his fights in opposition to Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez and Canelo Alvarez final 12 months.
Hearn didn’t say what the options are for Bivol if he declines the undercard slot on the Haney vs. Prograis card on December ninth. Bivol must get again in motion, as he’s not fought since final November on account of a hand damage.
Bivol had hoped to struggle Canelo once more in a rematch, however the Mexican star selected to not face him once more. Initially, Canelo had needed to rematch Bivol to attempt to avenge his loss from final 12 months, however he’s strung it out over three fights, regularly placing it off.
It’s apparent that Canelo doesn’t like his possibilities in a second struggle with Bivol, so he’s chosen to not face him once more.
“There are talks about him probably combating on the Haney present, however we’re in talks with DAZN. December 2nd was doubtlessly a U.S. that may most likely change into a UK day now. I don’t know the way that may sit with Dmitry Bivol, however he must struggle and is able to struggle,” mentioned Eddie Hearn to the Worldwide Boxing Information channel, concerning the return of WBA gentle heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol.
Financially, it may not work for DAZN so as to add Bivol to the December ninth card as a result of Haney goes to be getting an enormous purse. Haney isn’t the kind of expertise Bivol is, however he’s an American and higher recognized.
Bivol being averted
“I bear in mind going into the Canelo struggle and folks asking me, ‘Does Bivol stand an opportunity? Does he stand an opportunity? He’s most likely going to win this struggle, or he’s going to get robbed,’ which is what Paulie and I spoke about fairly a bit main as much as that struggle,” mentioned Chris Algieri to the ProBox TV site about Bivol’s struggle final 12 months in opposition to Canelo Alvarez.
“He’s phenomenal. He’s not as fan-friendly as numerous fighters, he’s not as well-known worldwide, the cash’s not there, and he’s harmful. You’re not going to beat the man, and that’s a horrible model to struggle. I don’t need to struggle that man.
“I’m going to overlook him, and he’s going to crack me and counter and never going to have the ability to contact him. He’s a giant threat however not a lot reward,” mentioned Algieri about Bivol.
“He’s a man that’s so harmful that folks need to keep away from him as a result of the chance is just not definitely worth the reward,” mentioned Paulie Malignaggi, speaking about Bivol.
“Even when Canelo was as effectively good as Bivol, which he’s not, and I don’t assume he’s ever been, however at a sure level, the cash is so good that you just’ll take it for the beating. ‘I’ll take the struggle anyway. I’ll give it a shot it doesn’t matter what.’
“When it’s somebody like Bivol, who doesn’t promote sufficient for his price as his price is within the ring, which is unbelievable price contained in the ring, however he’s not marketable outdoors the ring.
“Now, unexpectedly, you’re like, ‘That’s not definitely worth the beating. That’s not even definitely worth the threat of the beating. I don’t know. I don’t know what I’m going to do proper now.’
“The actual disgrace is that they politicize him with him being from Russia. They type of throw that within the combine and type of ostracize him a bit bit, I’ve observed, due to the Russian-Ukraine struggle, as if the man has something to do with the politics of it.
“I don’t assume that’s truthful both. So, it’s a bit little bit of a mixture of the whole lot. That’s why the man has no pony but,” mentioned Malignaggi about Bivol.