In places like Thailand, Japan and Korea we have seen the top fighters get fast tracked to the top. It's often seemed like the top prospect don't want to waste their time racking up wins and a pretty record and would instead prefer a fight of note, a chance to make a name for themselves and a chance at title glory early on. It seems that may also be the case in Kyrgyzstan with the recent announcement that Russian based Kyrgyzstani fighter Dmitry Bivol (6-0, 6) [Дмитрий Юрьевич Бивол] would be fighting for the WBA interim Light Heavyweight title on May 21st.
The talented Bivol, widely regarded as one of the best prospects in boxing, will be up against the tricky and unbeaten Felix Valera (13-0, 12), from the Dominican Republic. With the bout acting as Valera's first defense of the title.
The Dominican won the belt last year, when he claimed a split decision upset win over Stanislav Kashtanov. That was Varela's first bout outside of his homeland and, like the bout with Bivol, saw "Mangu" travel to Russia. That win did see Varela impress with some slick skills, impressive handspeed and goiove movement, though he did show some flaws and didn't appear to be the big puncher that his record suggests.
For Bivol the bout seems like a chance to get himself into the title mix, and do so in amazingly quick fashion given that he only turned professional in late 2014. If he wins he would be in the running to face the likes of Juergen Breahmer and Sergey Kovalev and it's fair to say that given his teams belief in him those bouts are real possibilities before the end of 2016.
For fans interested in this one it's going to be one of the main support bouts for the WBC Heavyweight title clash between Deontay Wilder and Alexander Povetkin, so make sure you tune into the card from Moscow.
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