Dmitry Bivol has disclosed that his ultimate ambition is to become the undisputed light heavyweight champion of the world, rather than focusing on a rematch with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.
The Russian successfully defended his WBA light heavyweight title last September by defeating Gilberto Ramirez in a resounding unanimous points decision.
He had just a few months earlier stunned the pound-for-pound king at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Bivol has stated that he would rather face Artur Beterbiev than perhaps face Canelo Alvarez again.
“This was a good year for my career, but I am still on my journey to my dream. I am taking some time off now, enjoying time with my family.
“I still want to become undisputed and hopefully I will get my opportunity in the near future.”
Beterbiev, a master of the knockout, now holds the WBC, WBO, and IBF titles in the light heavyweight division. Bivol is the current WBA champion.
On January 28, Beterbiev will compete against scrappy underdog Anthony Yarde at London's famed O2 Arena.