WBA world champion Bivol ready to face Croydon’s Joshua Buatsi in UK

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

WBA world light-heavyweight champion Dimitry Bivol says he would have no issues coming to England to defend against Joshua Buatsi.

Croydon’s Buatsi, 26, faces Blake Caparello at Manchester Arena next month in a final eliminator to meet Bivol.

The Russian, 28, widely outpointed Lenin Castillo at the weekend and has a perfect 17-0 record.

When asked if he would take on Buatsi (12-0) on away turf, Bivol told iFL TV: “Yeah, why not?

“It’s a good fight. I know he is famous in the UK. I have been there in the UK and I like UK fans, because they love boxing.

“He is a good fighter, a bronze medallist at the Olympic games. If he was mandatory I would give him a chance.

“If I get the chance to fight for another belt [in a unification] of course I prefer to fight for another belt. Everyone would like to move up and not fight someone like him [without a title] or worse.”

Dave Allen wants to fight British heavyweight champion Daniel Dubois, 22.

Greenwich’s Dubois is seen as the outstanding young talent in the division and recently added the Commonwealth belt to his collection.

Twelve of his 13 victories have come inside the distance.

Doncaster’s Allen was taken to hospital after David Price pounded the resistance out of him in July – his corner pulling him out in the 10th round at Greenwich’s 02 Arena.

“I want to fight Daniel Dubois for the British heavyweight title,” said Allen. “No-one wants to fight him – but I want to fight him.

“I’ll come out and stick it straight on his toes. Maybe I’m not good enough or too small. Maybe he is miles too good. That could all be the truth, but I feel like I’m back to a place I haven’t been since I was a kid.”

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