Saudi Official Eyes Benavidez, Opetaia for Bivol After Beterbiev

Saudi Official Eyes Benavidez, Opetaia for Bivol After Beterbiev

His Excellency Turki Alalshikh has his sights set on potential future fights for WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol. If Bivol emerges victorious against Artur Beterbiev on October 12, Alalshikh believes that facing David Benavidez and Jai Opetaia should be next on the agenda.

Bivol (23-0, 12 KOs) has not shown much interest in taking on Opetaia or Benavidez, sparking speculation among fans about his willingness to face them due to the perceived risks involved. While there is a chance Bivol could suffer a loss against these formidable opponents, the rewards in terms of both financial gain and the opportunity to showcase his skills to fans are significant. If Bivol continues to face lower-tier opponents like Malik Zinad, Lyndon Arthur, and Gilberto Ramirez, fans may never truly see his full potential.

Facing the aging Beterbiev (20-0, 20 KOs) presents a favorable scenario for Bivol, especially given Beterbiev’s recent knee injury. However, engaging in bouts against the youthful and dynamic Opetaia and Benavidez would present a different challenge, one that could potentially test Bivol’s abilities to the limit.

Ultimately, Bivol will need to decide whether he wants to take the safer route post-Beterbiev fight or embrace the risks involved in facing Opetaia and Benavidez. Alalshikh’s call for these matchups is not unreasonable, as they represent opportunities for Bivol to prove himself against the best in the division.

To emerge victorious against opponents like Benavidez and Opetaia, Bivol will need to showcase solid defensive skills, as both fighters possess formidable punching power and high-pressure fighting styles. While these matchups may pose greater dangers to Bivol, showcasing his abilities against such top-tier talent could solidify his status as a truly elite fighter.

An event in Saudi Arabia featuring Bivol against Opetaia or Benavidez would undoubtedly generate excitement among fans eager to see how Bivol fares against these formidable opponents in a high-stakes setting.

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