Latest Boxing News: Nishida Wins IBF, Beterbiev Injured and Bivol Unification Postponed

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

 At EDION Arena in Osaka, Japan, in only his ninth professional bout, unbeaten unknown southpaw Ryosuke Nishida, 9-0 with one knockout, Osaka, Japan, won the International Boxing Federation World Bantamweight title with a 12 round unanimous decision over Emmanuel Rodriguez, 22-3 with 13 knockouts, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, decking Rodriguez in the fourth round. Scores of 117-110, 115-112, and 115-112 secured the championship win for Nishida on the scorecards over the defending world champion Rodriguez. However, Nishida’s right eye, still open fortunately, emerged from the bout with a swollen red beating.

The June 1, 2024 scheduled light heavyweight unification bout between Artur Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has been postponed. According to a press release from Top Rank, Beterbiev suffered a ruptured meniscus in training. The five by five Matchroom Boxing versus Queensbury Boxing fighters card will proceed without the main event. Beterbiev, 20-0 with 20 knockouts, Montreal, Canada, by way of the Russian Federation, holds the IBF, WBC and WBO belts. Bivol, 22-0 with 11 knockouts, Indio, California, by way of Kyrgyzstan, ha the WBA and IBO belts. Rare is it in professional boxing today we have a five belt party on the line. Beterbiev versus Bivol is hard puncher versus scientific skilled boxer, is not exactly George Foreman versus Muhammad Ali, but it should be a great one if and when it does take place later in 2024.

Bivol’s camp is actively looking for a replacement for Beterbiev for the scheduled June 1, 2024 Saudi Arabian date with destiny. The featured heavyweight bouts Deontay Wilder versus Zhilei Zhang, and Daniel Dubois versus Filip Hrgovic, are still on for that card.