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Dmitry Bivol near decision on new broadcast partner

The light heavyweight is a free agent right now.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Dmitry Bivol, the unbeaten holder of the WBA “world” light heavyweight title and one of the top 175-pound fighters in the world today, has narrowed his search for a new broadcast partner down to two, according to ESPN.

Bivol’s manager Vadim Kornilov says that the decision for where the 28-year-old star will fight from now on has come down to ESPN and DAZN, and that PBC is no longer being considered, though there were talks.

Bivol (15-0, 11 KO) had been featured on HBO for his rise to major relevance in boxing, but with HBO no longer in the boxing business, he’s become a coveted broadcast free agent. He’s a top five fighter in a good division with plenty of history, really one of boxing’s glory divisions historically, and not only is he a (sorta) titleholder and a top contender and in his prime, but he’s pretty entertaining to watch, to boot.

A deal with ESPN could in theory lead to a fight with WBC titleholder Oleksandr Gvozdyk or the Alvarez-Kovalev II winner, while a deal with DAZN could lead to a bout with IBF titleholder Artur Beterbiev. None of that is likely to come immediately, but if you’re looking at the upside of one or the other, that’s probably a big part of what is being considered right now by Bivol and his team, specifically where they can get the biggest fight(s) and make the most money.

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