Umar Salamov Challenges Light Heavyweight Champions Bivol
Russian light heavyweight contender Umar Salamov (21-1, 16
KOs) is issuing a challenge to newly crowned WBO Champ
Eleider Alvarez and WBA ruler Dmitry Bivol.
While many of the top 175-lb fighters would prefer to avoid
Alvarez and Bivol, two of the hardest punchers in the
division, the 24-year-old Salamov says he’s up for the
challenge any time.
Both Alvarez and Bivol appeared on national television over
the weekend, with Alvarez scoring an upset KO over Sergei
Kovalev and Bivol defending his title with a lacklustre
decision over Isaac Chilemba.
“I saw their fights and I can confidently tell you that when
I get my opportunity, I will dethrone both Bivol and
Alvarez,” said Salamov. “I am the best light heavyweight in
the world and look forward to proving it to the boxing fans
by fighting the best!”
IBF #11- and WBO #15-rated Salamov was last seen in June,
scoring a highlight reel ninth-round knockout over Brian
Howard, live on Showtime. The impressive victory won him the
vacant IBF North American Championship. In his young career,
he has also already won the IBO Youth and World Light
Heavyweight, WBO Youth World, European and International,
and the IBF East/West Europe Light Heavyweight
“After his US debut in June, I am very confident that it’s
just a matter of time before he wins a World light
Heavyweight title,” said his co-promoter, Dmitriy Salita
(along with Kazbek Aslambekov of KA-Promotions). “At only 24
years old, and with the amount of talent and experience he
has, the sky is the limit for Umar in the light heavyweight
Salamov is currently training in Detroit at the Kronk Boxing
Gym. His next fight will be announced shortly.