Because of his mobility and boxing prowess, Roy Jones Jr. thinks Dmitry Bivol will defeat Artur Beterbiev for their undisputed light heavyweight belt.
If Bivol decides to adopt his in-and-out method of battling against Beterbiev, it could not be to his advantage since he has previously defeated movers.
Toe-to-Toe or Outboxing?
Jones Jr. believes that WBA champion Bivol (22-0, 11 KOs) can defeat IBF, WBC, and WBO 175-lb champion Beterbiev (20-0, 20 KOs) by going “toe-to-toe,” but if he uses movement and boxes, he will prevail because Artur won’t be able to plant his feet to load up on his shots to produce power.
According to Roy Jr., Beterbiev will be outboxed and lose the fight if he is unable to reach Bivol inside the first two or three rounds. No one in the 175-pound weight class is going toe-to-toe with Beterbiev, as Jones Jr. notes, because if they did, they would fall to sleep.
This summer, in June or July in Saudi Arabia, Beterbiev and Bivol are anticipated to face off for the four-belt undisputed championship.
The Honorable Turki Alalshikh desires that the victor face former IBF cruiserweight champion Jai Opetaia at a weight of 200 pounds. John Scully, Beterbiev’s trainer, disregarded the notion, stating that it was not part of their plans.
The Crucial Early Rounds
You are aware that I resemble Ali and George Foreman. Roy Jones Jr. told Fighthype, “I’m going to go with Ali over George Foreman because Ali had the IQ, the quickness, and the footwork to keep away from the power. For their light heavyweight undisputed championship, I’m going to go with Dmitry Bivol against Artur Beterbiev this summer.
Thus, Bivol will defeat him if he can stay out of his way for two or three rounds. But even if Bivol challenges him to a duel, Bivol will lose because nobody at 175 is willing to take on Beterbiev head-to-head at this time.
Bivol’s mobility isn’t as amazing as Roy Jr. believes it to be. He fights fearfully against punchers and is more of a straight forward, straight back fighter. Craig Richards placed pressure on him, and he nearly lost.
The Question of Beterbiev’s Mobility
Jones Jr. declared, “If you go toe-to-toe with Beterbiev right now, you’re going to sleep.” It’s quite evident, but when you use Bivol’s footwork to force him to move before punching, Beterbiev finds it harder because while he can punch while standing still, can he punch with the same force when moving?
“Is he able to move about with that much power? That’s a significant query. Thus, if Bivol makes it through the second round of a protracted bout, I have no doubt that Bivol can prevail. However, Artur prevails if Bivol chooses to fight the wrong battle.