Artur Beterbiev dismissed the possibilities of combating Canelo Alvarez and determined the concept of a boxing match towards Dmitry Bivol for the undisputed light-heavyweight championship is a much more thrilling prospect heading into 2024.
Reviews speculate that Bivol has already reached an settlement with emissaries from Saudi Arabia to make the combat with Beterbiev a actuality within the spring of 2024, with all of the 175-pound titles at stake.
Beterbiev can be required to defeat Callum Smith on January 13 to make the match-up towards Bivol occur. Smith’s skilled document is 21-1-0, with the loss being by unanimous resolution to Canelo, and he was beforehand a two-belt champion within the tremendous middleweight class earlier than transferring up.
“He is good opponent. He is good problem for me,” Beterbiev stated of Smith. “If we discuss my previous opponents, I by no means say somebody’s going to be simple for me, if it will be simple for me or not.
“Like him too, I am getting ready for Callum Smith for 100 per cent like he put together for me too. I’ve boxing coach and situation coach for energy coaching, cardio.
“Each camp I ask them after sparrings or after my hardest trainings with my situation coach, ‘how is it? Is it higher than 5 years in the past or not good? How do you suppose?’ And so they inform me it is higher than 5 years in the past however I do not know.”
Beterbiev passes up Canelo for Bivol
Beterbiev was not enthusiastic concerning the likelihood of creating a combat with Canelo and warranted that, if given the selection, he prefers to measure his energy towards his compatriot Dmitry Bivol.
Though he didn’t make direct reference to Canelo‘s abilities and assets, he assured that he prefers to have Bivol as an opponent as a result of he owns a belt that’s the object of Beterbiev‘s want.
Canelo beforehand fought Bivol in Could 2022 and was soundly outclassed, with commentators and pundits believing that the Mexican stepped one weight class too far after starting his profession as a welterweight.