On Friday night fight fans saw WBA “interim” Light Heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (10-0, 8) show case his abilities in a one sided beat down of the under-rated, but thoroughly out-matched, Samuel Clarkson (19-4, 12).
The difference in ability was clear from the off with Clarkson being dropped within the opening moments of the fight. Bivol hurt Clarkson with a right hand and down he went. Although down Clarkson wasn't out and got to his feet, where he took a real pounding through much of the round, and was dropped a second time in the opening round, before narrowly making it out of the round.
Having secured a 10-7 opening round Bivol knew he was in charge. That control further strengthened in round 2 and 3 as he slowly but surely beat up Clarkson, landing consistently with his right hand to both head and body. Clarkson had the very rare moment of success, but it was clear he was totally out of his depth, unsure how to cope with the power, speed, combinations or accuracy of Bivol, who scarcely looked to be breaking a sweat whilst the referee encourages Clarkson to show him something.
In round 4 Clarkson tried to show something new, but rushed straight into a right hand that left him down again, this time seriously hurt. Clarkson's toughness saw him rise to his feet, but the bout was waved off, rightfully, saving him from further punishment.
With the win Bivol made an impressive statement on Showtime and hopefully bigger and better bouts will fall his way in the near future!