An amazing fight between two undefeated boxers will take place very soon. Russian Dmitry Bivol and Mexican Gilberto Ramirez will meet in the ring in Abu Dhabi. Sports tells everything you need to know about the fight.
Bivol vs Ramirez
Date: November 5;
Estimated time: match will start no earlier than midnight Moscow time;
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE, Etihad Arena;
Bout status: Russian representative defends WBA Super light heavyweight title;
Odds: 1.2 and 4.6 in favor of Dmitry;
Broadcast: the bout will be shown live on public TV (starts at 23:50 GMT).
The fight can be called the main show of November in world boxing. A promising fight for the World Boxing Association (WBA Super) light heavyweight title will take place on Saturday. Bivol will defend his belt from the encroachments of Ramirez. boxing will be held in Abu Dhabi (UAE) at the Etihad Arena, which two weeks earlier became happy for domestic sports. After all, it was this stadium that hosted UFC 280 on October 22. At a sparkling and even scandalous event, Russian Islam Makhachev defeated Brazilian Charles Oliveira ahead of schedule, becoming the new lightweight champion of the promotion.
But back to Bivol, perhaps the main star of Russian boxing in 2022. All thanks to the 20th victory at the professional level. He won it over the loudest name in world boxing in recent years, the Mexican Saul Alvarez.
In May, the Russian confidently interrupted Canelo. In several episodes, the Mexican was even close to a knockdown. However, the fight lasted all 12 rounds. They ended with the triumph of Bivol by unanimous decision of the judges."Life has changed a bit. I got this fight and did a good job. Now many recognize me on the street. I have not changed, it is people who change their attitude towards me. Of course, I like that people recognize in me not just a person from somewhere, they recognize me as a good boxer. I want to earn respect. You can't just be famous. I want to do my job in such a way that it is respected. It makes me happy", — admitted the Russian BoxingScene.
Despite the glory of the defeated Mexican and the money that meetings with Alvarez bring, Bivol was extremely calm about the idea of revenge. Much more motivating for him is the fight for the title of absolute world champion in light heavyweight against compatriot Artur Beterbiev.The latter has a perfect record of 18-0 and three championship belts according to the World Boxing Council (WBC), International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Organization (WBO). However, this fight is still far away.
The WBA leadership has decided that Bivol is waiting for the 10th defense of the belt in his weight. Beterbiev will share the ring with Briton Anthony Yarde in January.
Bivol's new rival is the mandatory contender for the title. This status, going undefeated, Ramirez defended in May, defeating the German Dominik Bözel. Note that until 2018, Bivol's opponent held the World Boxing Organization (WBO) super middleweight title.
Also, the Mexican has experience of successful performances in fights against boxers from Russia. In 2015, Ramirez defeated Maxim Vlasov by decision of the judges, and now he intends to take revenge on Bivol for the people of Mexico. November 5. I am very proud to represent all of Mexico, all Latin Americans. I want to prove to everyone and myself that I can do it. Bivol is a tough guy, good challenge. I want to avenge the people of Mexico because Bivol defeated Canelo", Ramirez told Ringnews24.
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Dmitry Bivol is 31 years old. He has 20 wins (11 by knockout) in 20 professional fights;
31-year-old Hilberto Ramirez has 44 wins (30 by KO) and no losses.