Unbeaten light heavyweight star Dmitry Bivol defends his WBA title in Saudi Arabia next month as he takes on Lyndon Arthur.
The clash is part of a huge card involving Anthony Joshua’s match-up against Otto Wallin and Deontay Wilder’s meeting with Joseph Parker.
Arthur has been on an impressive rebuild since losing a rematch to Anthony Yarde in 2021, picking up four successive wins, but this challenge represents a big step up in class for the British challenger.
The light heavyweight bout will take place on Saturday 23rd December, 2023.
The card will start at around 18:00 and this clash between Bivol and Arthur is likely to take place immediately before the Wilder vs Parker showdown, with Joshua against Wallin the final fight.
Full details are yet to be confirmed, but if the headline event is due to start at around 22:00 Bivol vs Arthur could start sometime between 20:00 and 21:00.
The whole card will take place at the state-of-the-art Kingdom Arena in Saudi Arabia.
The 'Day of Reckoning' card will be available live on DAZN as a pay-per-view event in the UK, priced at £19.99.
Yes. Bivol will be defending his WBA Super light heavyweight title.
Dmitry Bivol has a perfect 21-0 record and 11 of his wins have come via stoppages.
The 32-year-old won his first six fights by knockout before claiming the interim WBA light heavyweight title in 2016, with a unanimous decision win over the previously undefeated Felix Valera.
The Russian was elevated to full champion after regular champion Badou Jack vacated the title and the WBA (Super) and unified champion Andre Ward retired.
Bivol has defended his title against the likes of Isaac Chilemba and Jean Pascal but his biggest victory came against pound-for-pound king Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
The Mexican was moving up in weight to attempt to win another title at light heavyweight, having previously held the WBO belt, but Bivol produced a measured performance and won by unanimous decision - becoming just the second man to beat Canelo after Floyd Mayweather.
That win saw Bivol rise up the pound-for-pound rankings and he is currently ranked at number five by The Ring magazine.
Bivol was last in action in November 2022 as he overcame the previously undefeated Gilberto Ramirez via unanimous decision.
Lyndon Arthur has a 23-1 record and 16 of his victories have come inside the distance.
The 32-year-old made his debut in 2016 and became the Commonwealth light heavyweight champion in 2019 with a points win over Emmanuel Anim.
Arthur made a huge statement with a split decision victory over Anthony Yarde in December 2020 and he followed that up by stopping the previously unbeaten Davide Faraci. He then suffered the only defeat of his career so far as Yarde won their rematch with a fourth round KO.
‘King Arthur’ has been rebuilding since that defeat and has claimed four consecutive wins. The Manchester-native was last in action in September when he stopped Argentina’s Braian Nahuel Suarez in the 10th round to claim the vacant IBO light heavyweight title, which is not on the line when he faces Bivol.
Bivol is the huge favourite at 1/16 to win by any method, while Arthur is a underdog.
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