“The Australian is a good boxer, but he had no chance against Dmitry. He was afraid of him,” Ryabinsky said. “Dmitry is better, he read the opponent, and it was clear in the first round how it would end. Dmitry is definitely the leader [in his weight division]. He has the opportunity to collect a lot of belts, if not all of them. Someone might be able to give Bivol substantial resistance – I just don’t see anyone at the moment who could do it,” Ryabinsky said of his light heavyweight charge.
Ryabinsky then touched on the other formidable forces in the division and he has the belief we will soon witness a changing of the guard in the light heavyweight division following the arrival of several young promising talents such as Dmitry Bivol, Badou Jack and Eleider Alvarez to name a few are on the verge of staking their claim in the division. “It will be interesting for us [to hold unification fights], although it will take time. Kovalev and Beterbiev are great boxers, but now young guys like Bivol are coming up in boxing and starting to punch their way to the top,” added Ryabinsky.