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Dmitry Bivol prepared to move down in weight to face Canelo Alvarez, Callum Smith

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WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol 17-0 (11) is prepared to drop down a weight class for a fight with WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith 27-0 (19).

The undefeated 29-year-old Russian has also been linked to a showdown with countryman and unified light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev 15-0 (15).

“I watch a lot of fights in my division,” Bivol said on Matchroom Boxing’s ‘The Lockdown Tapes’ podcast.

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“I know that Beterbiev is one of the more dangerous fighters because he is really strong. If I were to fight Beterbiev I would like it to be in the USA because more people can see this fight than if I fight in Russia.

“Canelo at super middleweight is a big fight but everyone wants to fight him. He is just a man, he is just a boxer. You can earn money with him and it is a good opportunity to show your boxing skills to the whole world because of his massive fan base.

“I would prefer the fight at 175-pounds as it’s my weight but I could move down to 168-pounds, that’s not a big problem for me. I had breakfast before my last fight on weigh-in day and think I have the reserves to come down.

“I boxed Callum Smith in Hungary as an amateur and to be honest I don’t remember this fight at all! At the time, he was just a tall guy, with good skills from Great Britain and I had to beat him.

“I think in the pros if we were to fight now it would be great for the British and Russian fans.

“It is a good fight for boxing because he is a champion at 168-pounds and I am a champion at 175-pounds. I want to fight the best in the world and he is now one of the best.”

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