By Sean Jones: High Rank promoter Bob Arum says he won’t look to make the undisputed mild heavyweight championship combat between his fighter Artur Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol this 12 months due to the WBC’s present ban on Russian athletes.
Arum says he’s in favor of the WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman’s determination to not sanction fights involving Russian fighters and that he “100% help Ukraine.”
Some followers imagine that another excuse why Arum doesn’t need to make the Beterbiev-Bivol combat is due to the excessive chance that Beterbiev lose to the extremely expert Bivol, who’s youthful and has glorious defensive abilities.
These followers imagine that if Bivol have been Arum’s fighter, he’d push the WBC like mad to make the combat and create an offended fuss if he didn’t get his approach.
Though Bivol (21-0, 11 KOs) isn’t Russian, he’s being lumped in with them by the World Boxing Council, and so they’re not refusing to sanction fights involving him for his or her belt. Bivol is from Kyrgyzstan. Beterbiev is from Russia, however WBC has no drawback with him as a result of he lives in Canada now.
What this implies for Bivol is that he solely has one choice for an enormous combat, and that’s in opposition to Canelo Alvarez, who has already instructed him that if he desires a rematch in September, he’ll must conform to the very same phrases as their bout a 12 months in the past. No change.
That’s good for Canelo as a result of there will probably be extra curiosity and cash to be made within the second combat, however it’s unhealthy for Bivol as a result of he gained’t revenue from it, though he defeated Canelo of their earlier combat. Bivol should conform to Canelo’s situations or proceed combating the obscure contenders at 175 and make little cash from these fights.
“The WBC has made its views identified; I’m very sympathetic to the WBC’s views, and I 100% help Ukraine and its combat in opposition to aggression. So, I’m not going to push a Bivol-Beterbiev combat,” mentioned Bob Arum to the 3 Knockdown Rule about his to not make a combat between Artur Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol this 12 months.
“It’s possible you’ll say, ‘Nicely, isn’t Beterbiev Russian?’ and the reply is, no, probably not. He has had a residential visa in Canada for fourteen years, so I take a look at him as being Canadian.
I don’t need to do something that helps Russia in any approach, so I applaud [WBC president Mauricio [Sulaiman] for the place that he has taken,” mentioned Arum.