Earlier today TASS reported that WBA Light Heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (14-0, 11) [дмитрий бивол] is set to return in December do make the next defense of his title.
The Kyrgyzstan born Russian based 27 year old, who has notched wins over Sullivan Barrera and Isaac Chilemba this year, hasn't got a nailed down opponent but it does seem like there are two fighters that Bivol and his team have in mind.
The most notable of the two men Bivol was wanting to fight was former WBC Super Middleweight champion Badou Jack (22-1-3, 13). Bivol revealed that talks had taken place to fight the American based Swedish-Gambian hadn't hadn't yielded any results yet, but it does seem like a deal is still being looked at.
The other name mentioned was American fighter Joe Smith Jr (24-2, 20), who is best known for back-to-back stoppage wins in 2016 over Andrzej Fonfara and Bernard Hopkins. His run of big wins came to an end in July 2017 when he was beaten by Sullivan Barrera, but he did drop Barrera before losing a decision to the Cuban. Since then he has bounced back with a win in June.
It seems like Bivol is open to facing Smith due to the fact many of the top Light Heavyweights are already booked up with bouts. The likes of Eleider Alvarez, who will be facing off in a rematch with Sergey Kovalev, Adonis Stevenson and Oleksandr Gvozdyk, who will be battling eah other in December, and Artur Beterbiev, who fights in October against Callum Johnson, are all booked up and unavailable for Bivol. With that in mind Smith is certainly not a terrible opponent to keep Bivol busy.
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On August 4th we saw Kyrgyzstan born boxer-puncher Dmitry Bivol (14-0, 11) [Дмитрий Юрьевич Бивол] record his latest defense of the WBA Light Heavyweight title, as he defeated tricky veteran Isaac Chilemba (25-6-2, 10) in New Jersey.
The win for Bivol was the toughest of his career so far, and he really had to dig deeper than he has done to get past the slippery and defensively smart Chilemba, who proved that he is still world class despite a number of losses at the top level.
As a result of his performance and his successful defense the WBA crowned him their boxer of the month for August when they recently revealed their updated world rankings.
Interestingly this is the second time the WBA have honoured Bivol in type of way, with the Light Heavyweight claiming an "honourable mention" back in March following his impressive stoppage win against Sullivan Barrera.
Although the performance against Chilemba wasn't flawless from Bivol it did show that he had tools to adapt and could, when needed, fight against a fighter who could push him back. The youngster still has a lot to learn, but the bout with Chilemba will certainly aid his development going forward and a hard fight will certainly not do him any harm at all.
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It's fair to say that there is a lot of belief in the ability of Kyrgyzstan born boxer-puncher Dmitry Bivol (11-0, 9) [Дмитрий Юрьевич Бивол]. The unbeaten man makes his first defense of the WBA Light Heavyweight title later today in Monaco, where he faces Trent Broadhurst (20-1, 12).
The belief in Bivol is seemingly shared not just with fans and promoters, but also the bookies, who have made the champion a 1/66 favourite to retain his title tonight, with some going to 1/100 to come out on top. That's compared to the odds of 28/1 available on Broadhurst to win, and the 40/1 on a possible draw!
Obviously backing Bivol wouldn't be the best for a sizable financial return but backing the method of victory market may be a little more tempting, with Bivol by stoppage being priced at 1/9. A decision win for the champion is available at 9/1. The challenger is a staggering 80/1 to win by decision and 25/1 to win by stoppage.
Arguably the most interesting market for the fight is the "Total Rounds" one. We won't go through all the rounds but 4.5 rounds seems to be the expected distance, with the over being priced at 17/20 and the under being priced at evens.
Related - Bivol looks to batter Broadhurst in Monaco!
Later today we'll see Kyrgyzstan born boxer-puncher Dmitry Bivol (11-0, 9) [Дмитрий Юрьевич Бивол] make his first defense of the WBA Light Heavyweight title, as he takes on the once beaten Trent Broadhurst (20-1, 12).
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest and both made weight.
The champion, who was upgraded from "interim" champion earlier this year, was 174¼lbs, which is around the standard weight for Bivol if not slightly lower than usual. He looked in great shape, and it was obvious that he is taking the bout seriously, despite being very heavily favoured. Broadhurst on the other hand was bang on the 175lb divisional limit and looked confident, but it's clear the bout is a monstrous step up for the Australian fighter, who has never competed with anyone close to the ability of Bivol.
Related - Bivol looks to batter Broadhurst in Monaco!
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!
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