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A beautiful but empty victory for Bivol. Boxing stars waste their best years on average

Date: July 23, 2024 Time: 03:38:42

A beautiful but empty victory for Bivol. Boxing stars waste their best years on average

Alexander Frolov June 2, 2024, 1:45 PM Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

Not even all the promoters know Malik Zinad by sight.

Dmitry Bivol was supposed to take part in a big fight on June 1, but his compatriot Artur Beterbiev was seriously injured and temporarily abandoned. A replacement for Beterbiev was found, although rather dubious: Malik Zinad, although he had a record of 22-0, was only on the seventh line of the WBC rankings and could not boast of having big names on his resume. Furthermore, Zinad had his last fight just a month ago and clearly could not be in ideal physical shape.

Report on the next title defense:

Bivol destroyed an undefeated Libyan! He took me to a boxing school and knocked me out in the corner.

But Bivol needed to fight not to stand idly by, and Zinad needed money and an opportunity. The fight took shape from these components: the Russian absolutely calmly crushed his opponent, knocking him down in the first round. Compared to Dmitry, Malik looked like an athlete, to put it mildly, of a significantly lower class. Yes, the Libyan did not meet the number, but he tried sincerely, but even the stands watched the fight in practically deathly silence. It was very uninteresting for everyone to witness such an unequal confrontation.

Malik Zinad – Dmitry Bivol

Photo: Richard Pelham/Getty Images

Bivol logically finished Malik midway through the fight, and he did it wonderfully: technically and effectively breaking Zinad in the corner. After the fight, the athletes hugged each other warmly and chatted. Dmitry confidently defended the title; His opponent, despite the defeat, gained some fame and money. It would seem that everyone is happy, but what about the public and the competition? It is clear that Beterbiev’s injury is to blame, but was it really impossible to find a more serious opponent for Bivol or at least reschedule the fight?

Of course, this is not Dmitry’s fault. Yes, the Russian is not the most high-profile athlete, but he is still a star and WBA world champion. The culprit is the boxing system itself, with a host of competing belts, promoters and television channels. Instead of fighting the best of the best two or three times a year, champions, for bureaucratic and financial reasons, are forced to regularly fight guys who are significantly inferior in fame and class. That is why the UFC, where, despite its specific characteristics, the principle of equity is much more respected, is quickly surpassing boxing in popularity.

High-profile unification fights like Usik-Fury or the upcoming showdown between Bivol and Beterbiev have become too rare. Yes, they attract the attention of millions of boxing fans, but the UFC hosts top-tier tournaments much more frequently. Let’s hope boxing sees reforms that help it become more interesting. Unfortunately, there are no serious prerequisites for this yet. Boxing is still a great sport but stagnant.

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