Malignaggi: Artur Beterbiev needs to be thought-about pound-for-pound king if he accomplishes one factor

Artur Beterbiev is within the headlines for the entire proper causes to begin off 2024. The unified gentle heavyweight champion kicked off the 12 months with a gorgeous stoppage victory over Callum Smith.

Since that victory, it has been nothing however reward for Beterbiev. Regardless of everybody raving concerning the efficiency, the one factor on folks’s minds proper now could be a potential battle between Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol for the undisputed belts.

Dmitry Bivol and Artur Beterbiev ‘face one another’ on the gala dinner for the Fury-Ngannou battleRoberto Ortega

Is Beterbiev the most effective pound-for-pound boxer?

The battle looks like a match made in heaven, with the entire belts and bragging rights on the road. For Paulie Malignaggi, defeating Bivol would catapult the 38-year-old into one other stratosphere.

If Beterbiev is ready to beat Bivol too, now you gotta actually start thinking about him as primary pound-for-pound. Energy of schedule and the style by which he is dominating this high-level opposition… this man is just like the boxing model of Khabib Nurmagomedov.

That is excessive reward and a little bit of a scorching take from Malignaggi, a former two-weight class world champion.

Beterbiev wasn’t within the high 10 of The Ring Journal‘s newest pound-for-pound rankings, with Bivol coming in fifth. Beterbiev does present up on ESPN, BWAA and TBRB‘s rankings, however is not any larger than seventh in any of them.

A win towards Bivol may catapult him a lot larger, however the rankings usually aren’t as forgiving to heavyweights and light-weight heavyweights. Beterbiev ought to completely be within the dialog, although, contemplating he has received all 20 of his fights by stoppage.

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