WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol would love to get the opportunity to face Artur Beterbiev, who holds the WBO, WBC, WBC titles at 175-pounds.
Last Saturday night at Hulu Theater in New York's Madison Square Garden, Beterbiev demolished Joe Smith in two rounds to unify their three titles. Smith was down three times and battered before the fight was waved off.
Bivol, who a few years ago banked a dominant decision win over Smith, wants to become the undisputed champion at light heavyweight.
"Yes of course, it is my goal," Bivol told Sky Sports. "I watched the [Beterbiev-Smith] fight. As I have said before, I am very excited about unifying all the belts in the division."
Before a unification can happen, Beterbiev is likely heading to a mandatory defense against Britain's Anthony Yarde, who was ringside last Saturday in New York.
Their respective promoters have already worked out the details for a potential fall fight in the UK.
Beterbiev admits that he would rather face Bivol than Yarde.
"Unification fights are more interesting, more motivating," Beterbiev said. "I prefer the unification fight. I want to be undisputed."
The biggest obstacle in making Beterbiev-Bivol will be the broadcast terms. Beterbiev is promoted by Top Rank, who have an exclusive content deal with ESPN. Bivol is aligned with Matchroom, who have an exclusive agreement with streaming service DAZN. Beterbiev-Bivol is not big enough for a pay-per-view event - which rules out the scenario of a joint PPV. Top Rank's CEO, Bob Arum, has already made it clear that he would not allow Beterbiev to take that fight on DAZN.
Bivol, who last month scored a shocker when he outboxed Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez over twelve rounds, is potentially going to face British Olympian Joshua Buatsi in the fall.