I'd love if he could. Has a great story, and he'd be an amazing champion. Beterbiev is fucking ridiculously good, but I'd love to see who can outmuscle who if they fight. Both strong guys and very hard punchers.The working man's champion (literally)...
Any chance he might just become champion if the other bout can't be made with COVID/Visa problems.
Exactly! Even though I think Beterbiev is the best the division has to offer currently and I'd easily have him a huge favorite, the styles mesh so well for Joe Smith Jr. It'd be a fun ass fight while it last. A huge nail-biter too. Looking at the landscape, only path to a championship for Smith Jr. because he's not beating Bivol.I see Beterbiev as the no 1 - but how I see it after tonight.
Beterbiev probably breaks down Bivol to the body and overpowers him late on. Not a million miles away from Gvozdyk, imo.
Bivol outboxed Smith Jr.
Smith Jr could hit Beterbiev and ice him. Johnson did catch him flush and hurt him. Still fancy Beterbiev, but styles make fights.