WBA light-heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol has slammed the Klitschko brothers. This was caused by Wladimir asking for Russian boxers to be banned before his clash with Canelo Alvarez.
Wladimir Klitschko is a Ukrainian icon and former world heavyweight champion. He has been chastised for advocating that Russian boxers be barred from competition due to Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Despite Vladimir Putin’s globally criticized military campaign on Ukraine, Russian and Belarussian athletes face uncertain prospects. Thousands of people have left the nation. The political situation has spilled over into sports on many fronts.
Wimbledon has declared that Russian and Belarusian tennis players would be barred from playing in the famous competition . The competition begins in June. This means that US Open winner Daniil Medvedev and World No. 4 Aryna Sabalenka will not be competing.
Klitschko, like his brother Vitali, agrees with the Wimbledon viewpoint. He believes that Russian boxers should not be permitted to participate in contests.
The boxing broters Klitschko have been outspoken in their opposition to Dmitry Bivol. Bivol obtained a lucrative boxing contract to box against Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez.
Bivol will defend his championship against Canelo at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night. He warned the past heavyweight champions to stay away from politics and sports.
Bivol added. “He is [a] sportsman, he should know sports and politics is different. He was [an] athlete. Now he is politician. It is sad that wants to shake it up and mix sport and politics.“
Russian boxers have been dropped from the WBA rankings. It also prohibits Russian boxers from entering the ring with their country’s flag or having the national anthem sung before sanctioned contests.
Although Bivol has publicly criticized the conflict, the Klitschko brothers continue to feel that Russians should not be allowed to compete while the invasion is happening.
Klitschko, who retired in 2016, told BBC Radio: “[Bivol should] absolutely not [be facing Canelo].Every sanction, and it’s nothing against the personality or athletes, it’s about the politics of Russia. Every Russian representative in this case needs to be sanctioned, because this way we show to Russia that the world is against this senseless war and that there’s no good in this war.“
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