At the moment, there is no clear leader in the light heavyweight division. But he may appear very soon, if, of course, the championship belts are united. This is what Dmitry Bivol (17-0, 11 KOs) intends to do.
Artur Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) received a bruised rib and will not be able to train for several weeks. This means that the fight of the Russian against Adam Deines (19-1-1, 10 KOs), scheduled for October 23 in Moscow, as a defense of his IBF and WBC light heavyweight belts, will be postponed to a later date. There are no details about the new date yet.
On September 25 in Yekaterinburg IBF and WBC light heavyweight champion Arthur Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) will fight Fanlong Meng (16-0, 10 KOs). The Chinese is the official contender for the title of International Boxing Federation.
WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (17-0, 11 KOs) recently challenged Saul Alvarez, but the Mexican has completely different plans, and the Russian’s duel with his compatriot, IBF and WBC champion Arthur Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) seems now more likely. According to Bivol, this is a big challenge for him for several reasons.
Former WBC light heavyweight champion Alexander Gvozdyk (17-1, 14 KOs) announced his desire to face Arthur Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) in a rematch. In October 2019 in Philadelphia, Gvozdyk lost to the Russian by knockout in the 10th round and lost his WBC belt, although at the time of the stoppage he was leading on points.