Bivol considering move to 168

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I used to think he was the future of 175, but I don't think he has much power and looks a bit undersized. He's a fantastic boxer, but he'll be fighting guys just as good and have more power in Kovalev, Beterbiev, and Gvozdyk. To me, he does look more like a SMW than a LHW.

https://www.boxingscene.com/dmitry-bivols-future-includes-targeting-world-title-168--136810

I think this move is more because DAZN vs. ESPN, though. If he can make weight, I think 168 is a better move for him. Potential fights against Benavidez, Canelo/Jacobs, Eubank Jr., Smith, and Saunders would be great.
 
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You don't think Bivol has serious power at 175?
Are we talking about the same guy?
Sure, not as much whooomp as Beterbiev, but then Beterbiev is a freak of nature.

Bivol also has really fast hands, and that always means extra power.

But of course, if he can make 168, he's much safer there. Bivol, Smith, and Benvanidez would make one helluva' a trio.
I'll be very surprised if he can pull it off, though. He looks awfully cut at 174 1/2.
 
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He's not the biggest light heavy, but that 7lb cut could be dangerous. Last thing you want is another Chad Dawson situation.
 
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According to him, he eats a lot, and he'll just have to diet early. As you said, it could be a Chad Dawson type of situation, but we did recently have Mohammedi move down and do well. I haven't watched the fight, but I heard he should've gotten the win over Chudinov.
 
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Dawson wasn't very sturdy at 175, let alone 168. 7 pounds should kill him. Benavides is a huge 168er, and he used to fight at 175. Bivol can make it.
Also, Deryenchenko is a small MW, and he used to fight at 168, which is a bigger weight difference.
 
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I've seen him but dont remember it very well. Any good fights to go rewatch?
Barrera, of course. - But that wasn't exactly a master-class. Bivol was in total control, but he played it way too safe.
He looked spectacular against Jackson Jr and Clarkson, though neither were top level guys.
Funny thing about Bivol,: Many fans think he's a future elite, but his resume is decidedly luke-warm.

His toughest opponent to date may actually be Joe Smith, Jr, coming up this weekend.
- And I'm not certain Bivol will win that fight, though odds are with him. Bivol is a lousy counterpuncher, and Smith really knows how to apply pressure. Also, Bivol has a TINY reach for LHW, at only 71.5" He has a great jab, but Smith has a 2" reach advantage, which, combined with Smith's toughness, could very much negate that weapon. Bivol will have to rely on footwork & ring generalship to beat Smith.

It should be a great fight.
 
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