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Watch: Malta-based boxer Zinad stopped by WBA, IBO lightweight champion Bivol

Malik Zinad (right) in action against Dmitry Bivol, on Saturday night.

Dmitry Bivol continued preparations for an eagerly-awaited clash with Artur Beterbiev in style as he delivered a clinical sixth-round stoppage victory over Malik Zinad on Saturday.

Bivol, the WBA and IBO champion, had been due to face unified WBC, WBO and IBF champion Beterbiev for the undisputed light-heavyweight championship before the latter was forced to withdraw from the fight due to injury.

Turki Al-Sheikh, chair of General Authority for Entertainment in Saudi Arabia, took to the ring shortly after Bivol’s victory to confirm that the pair will meet on the rescheduled date of October 12, kicking off Riyadh Season in Saudi Arabia later this year.

Bivol extended his perfect record to 23-0 in what marked his first stoppage win since 2018, having arrived on the back of nine successive unanimous decision victories.

Zinad, fighting out of Pietà, falls to 22-1 after the first defeat of his professional career.

The Libya-born fighter left his home in 2013 due to political unrest, moving to Malta, and after a handful of amateur fights he embarked on a professional career that has so far seen the now 30-year-old fight across Europe, America and now in Saudi Arabia.

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