Eddie Hearn, who currently works with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, believes dangerous puncher Artur Beterbiev is an easier opponent for the Mexican star than WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol.
Last month, Canelo jumped back to 175-pounds and was outboxed over twelve rounds by Bivol, who secured a dominant unanimous decision victory.
Earlier this month, Beterbiev demolished Joe Smith in two rounds to unify the WBC, WBO, IBF titles at 175.
Prior to suffering the loss to Bivol, Canelo had been discussing the idea of facing Beterbiev.
Most observers believe the idea of facing someone like Beterbiev would be a very dangerous takes for Canelo.
Hearn likes Canelo’s chances against an aggressive fighter with the power-punching style of Beterbiev.
In fact, he confidently backs Bivol to topple Beterbiev.
“Beterbiev is an easier fight for Canelo Alvarez. Bivol beats Beterbiev,” Hearn told The DAZN Boxing Show.
Top Rank’s CEO, Bob Arum, recently told BoxingScene that he wasn’t willing to make Beterbiev-Bivol on a streaming service like DAZN. Arum wants the contest to air on a popular network like ESPN, who have an exclusive content deal with Top Rank.
“One thing with Beterbiev is that now that he is known to the public and so many people have seen him, we ain’t doing a fight on ‘Dead-Zone’ which nobody watches,” Arum told BoxingScene.com.
“So, again, we’ll see. I think that when the time comes even Eddie will have Bivol come over and fight Beterbiev for a big audience [on ESPN].”
Hearn is open to the idea of having Beterbiev-Bivol take place on ESPN – but he’s also interested to have both ESPN and DAZN present offers to secure the rights – and whoever makes the biggest offer will land the fight.
“We can do that fight on ESPN or me and Bob can see who bids the most for that fight. Why aren’t they talking about this fight? Bivol doesn’t have a fight scheduled,” Hearn said.
Beterbiev is likely heading to the UK in the fall, to make a mandatory defense against Anthony Yarde. Bivol could potentially fight in the UK as well, against Olympian Joshua Buatsi.