As reported yesterday, Russian WBA Light-Heavyweight World Champion 🇷🇺Dmitry Bivol (16-0-0, 11KO) makes his return to center-ring in pursuit of his 5th title defense, as he faces #15 World challenger 🇩🇴Lenin Castillo (20-2-1, 15KO) as a showcase to set up the main event.
Dmitry Bivol these days when you boil it down to the core may possibly be the most avoided fighter in boxing as of today. Some of that may be attributed to lack of marketability for the level of threat that he poses, and much of it as to do with his natural talent, and relentless motor in doing his job. He has ultimately become the odd man out when it comes to the elite boxers in the division getting the big fights, as next week, a blistering Title Unification at Light-Heavyweight is going to take place between WBC World Champion 🇺🇦Oleksandr Gvozdyk & IBF World Champion 🇷🇺Artur Beterbiev. Elsewhere, you have a big market seller of a fight in the division between WBO World Champion 🇷🇺Sergey Kovalev and ♛🇲🇽Canelo Alvarez, who holds the Lineal World Title at Middleweight, as well as the WBA Middleweight Title.
Bivol can’t be faulted for lack of trying though, as not only has he and his team been trying to get one of those marquee match-ups in the division, but he also put his name in the hat in hopes of fighting Canelo Alvarez at Super-Middleweight prior to the Kovalev fight coming to fruition and formally having 📝contracts being authored up, but Canelo didn’t acknowledge his challenge, and decided to go in a different direction. Even in his own WBA rankings, Bivol has had issues securing any suitable match-ups, as all of the top 12-15 ranked fighters were unavailable, some due to having other obligations, others having some type of injury, needing recovery time before their return to the ring, and others flat out turning the opportunity down, leaving Bivol in no-mans land in terms of his immediate prospects. This is where Castillo comes into play. Who is Lenin Castillo? let’s take a look.
You could consider Castillo to be a solid mid-level boxer who has been consistent in his outings at that particular level, and is a respectable pro. He on surface level is not worthy of getting a World Title shot at this juncture, however…everything that was specified above makes him eligible because it effectively 📈bolsters him in the pecking order when others are unwilling to step up for the opportunity of winning the WBA Light-Heavyweight belt. Castillo back in August of 2018 was soundly defeated when he took a step up in competition to face talented American 🇺🇸Marcus Browne, losing by Unanimous Decision. I’d be hard-pressed to find any advantages that the Dominican challenger has over Bivol, but at the very least, he has an opportunity to try his hand against one of the divisions best.