WBA denies Bivol request to fight Buatsi, ratifies Zurdo order

The WBA have officially denied a request from Dmitry Bivol’s team for permission to face Joshua Buatsi next instead of ordered mandatory challenger Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, meaning Bivol will have to face Zurdo next or be stripped of his 175 lb title.

Bivol (20-0, 11 KO) is coming off of a huge win over Canelo Alvarez in May, and the…