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Dmitry Bivol and Eddie Hearn make a proposal to Joshua Buatsi

Dmitry Bivol still does not have a defined next match after beating Saúl Canelo Álvarez, but Eddie Hearn, his promoter, has already made proposals


Dmitry Bivol still does not have a defined next match after beating Saúl Canelo Álvarez, but Eddie Hearn, his promoter, has already made proposals for the Russian boxer’s next rival.

In an interview with Pro Boxing Fans, Hearn stated that they have made a proposal to Briton Joshua Buatsi to fight Bivol. Among other candidates to fight against the Russian were the Mexican Gilberto Ramírez and Callum Smith.

“We want Buatse to fight Bivol. We have now made an offer to Buatsi to fight Bivol to make sure he is happy and we can make the fight. It’s not done, it’s not signed yet, but we want to see if the numbers work out,” Hearn told Pro Boxing Fans.

According to BoxingScene, Bivol and Canelo had a clause in their contract where they could agree to an immediate rematch, but the Mexican preferred the third fight against Gennadiy Golovkin. The rematch is expected to take place in May 2023.

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Who is Joshua Buatsi?

Buatsi is a British boxer who fights at light heavyweight and is 16-0 since turning professional in 2017.

Before turning professional, the Accra-born Ghanaian won the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics in the 175-pound category. Buatsi was defeated in the semifinal by the Kazakh Adilbek Niyazymbetov, but before that he beat the Ugandan Kennedy Katende, the Uzbek Elshod Rasulov and the Algerian Abdelhafid Benchabla.

Previously, he obtained third place in the 2015 European Amateur Boxing Championship. In the run-up to the final he was beaten by the Dutchman Peter Mullenberg.