We analyse the credentials and statistics of WBA light-heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol and Lyndon Arthur as the pair get set to contest a world title in Saudi Arabia in December as part of the Day of Reckoning fight card.
If 2022 was a year to remember for Dmitry Bivol then 2023 has been a year to forget.
His WBA light-heavyweight title remains in his possession and the memories of achieving Fighter of the Year status last year are still prominent enough in people’s minds.
After being absent from the ring for over 12 months, the Russian returns on December 23 in Riyadh where the heavyweights dominate the ‘Day of Reckoning’.
Britain’s Lyndon Arthur, a double-figures underdog (), is the man challenged with ending the undefeated record of Bivol and becoming Britain’s latest world champion.
It is a tall task and currently one of the toughest assignments in the sport.
But who will win? Let’s look at the Tale of the Tape.
|21-0 (11 KOs)
|23-1 (16 KOs)
|Won - (TKO) v Gilberto Ramirez (May 2022)
|Won - (KO) v Braian Suarez (Sep 2023)
Beating Canelo Alvarez should be defining moment in your career.
When Floyd Mayweather achieved this in 2013, we expected it of the grand master... but when Dmitry Bivol defeated the ginger Mexican in 2022 it was something of a shock.
Canelo has since cited an arm injury as a reason for his failings when he stepped up to light-heavyweight.
The truth will always be that Bivol led Canelo a merry dance, frustrating him and pinging his head and body with effortlessness. It was another grand master at work.
Injury derailed the momentum Bivol picked up by beating Canelo and then Gilberto Ramirez which cemented his status as one of the best pugilists the sport has to offer.
Returning against Lyndon Arthur will be seen as an exercise in vanity for Bivol’s team.
A look-good and feel-good mission where Bivol, at his best, will dominate proceedings. But the champion’s performances in the past against opposition deemed inferior haven’t been what they ought to be.
Arthur can but hope that an inactive Bivol and “ring rust” add to his chances of a shock win.
|Fights to the level of his opponent at times
|Doesn't follow up successful attacks
|Reverts to amateur boxing style
Lyndon Arthur is something of an enigma.
His performance against Anthony Yarde during Covid lockdown was proof if his world-class abilities but, in their rematch, he was blown away and allowed his rival to dominate from early in the contest.
His laser jab should be studied by up and comers but his lackadaisicalness in the ring has threatened to trip him up against opposition that he should be dominating.
Against Boris Crighton and Braian Suarez - his last two opponents - Arthur has looked uncomfortable under pressure and pulled wins out the bag when his back has been up against it.
An admirable trait but not one you should have to use against opponents he should be taking to school.
Everything came together for him against Yarde first time around, and the styles of Arthur and Bivol could combine to make a chess match where Arthur could make fight changing moves.
So many things must be correct in his preparation and mindset first and foremost.
|Allows opponents to gain momentum
|Spends too long on the ropes
|Doesn't force the action enough
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