It appears WBA light heavyweight world champion Dmitry Bivol is back in training camp, or at least he alluded to this in a recent Instagram post.
Bivol, who posted a clip of him training in an unspecified gym as he was going through a sequence of workouts from pull-ups to shadow boxing. It appears Bivol who captioned the post "Training everyday," is looking to return after his historic 2023.
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Bivol had one of the best years in recent memory last year in which he defeated the cash cow of the sport of boxing Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, and followed that up by handing the previously unbeaten top contender, Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez. It was hoped and thought that Bivol would return in September of 2023 against Canelo Alvarez in a grudge match and a chance for Canelo to avenge his most-telling loss of recent memory. Instead, Canelo opted to fight the junior middleweight undisputed world champion, who will be moving up two weight classes to fight him for his undisputed super middleweight world title on September 30th.
Joshua Buatsi and Dan Azeez are fighting for the right to be the number-one contender for Bivol's title, but that fight is scheduled for the fall - with the winner probably not fighting until 2024 at the earliest.
Last year ahead of Bivol's fight with Ramirez he gave keen insight into his motivations as a fighter.
“When people tell me that I have achieved everything it’s like they pour water on my fire," said Bivol during the press conference for his fight before Gilberto Ramirez. "I try to only think about my dream, to realize my full potential. I try to be hungry and angry every time and be focused on training and my opponents. I try to think about how this Saturday night will be the hardest fight of my career. It makes me more focused on the night.”
The next question becomes who can Bivol fight? Names like Anthony Yarde, Albert Ramirez, Richie Rivera, and Oleksandr Gvozdyk are highly ranked in the WBA rankings, but the question becomes further - where could such a fight exist?
Bivol will more than likely return in 2023, after a historic year, but now we have to wait for the fight date, and where in the world Bivol will fight as he has fought in the U.S., Russia, and the U.A.E.