Does anyone know what the story is with Bivol’s amateur career? Part of the reason why I underestimated Bivol is because of his insignificant amateur career. The most prestigious result he recorded was a bronze medal at the youth world championships. He also won a couple of Russian national championships before turning pro. I remember the HBO commentators talking about his 268 win amateur career as if it was something special, even though Bivol had very little international experience and there isn’t a recognizable opponent in his victory column. I even hear fans talk about his amateur experience as an achievement, while completely ignoring the fact he didn’t get anywhere near world championships or Olympics. Maybe someone who is Russian or is familiar with Bivol can shed some light on his amateur career? He’s obviously well schooled in boxing fundamentals, but why no serious opposition or tournaments as an amateur? Was he avoiding someone? Was he always focusing on the pro game?