Unbeaten Kyrgyzstan born Russian Dmitry Bivol (14-0, 11) [дмитрий бивол] will be returning to the ring later today, to make his next defense of the WBA Light Heavyweight title. In the opposite corner will be Haitian born Canadian veteran Jean Pascal (33-5-1-1, 20).
The bout has been widely viewed as a mismatch in favour of the champion, and that is shown in the odds for the bout, with Bivol priced as a 1/16 favourite. Pascal on the other hand is available as high as 21/2 with one company, whilst others have him around 1/10. The draw is 33/1 with a number of bookies, showing how unlikely and un-competitive they view the contest.
Not only is Bivol strongly favoured to win but he's expected to do so by stoppage, with odds of 1/3 available on him to score a KO, TKO or DQ win. The odds on Bivol claiming a decsion are 4/1. Pascal by stoppage is available at 18/1, though is more widely available at 16/1. A decision win for the challenger is available as high as 28/1, but most have priced it at 25/1.
Given the price on a Bivol stoppage it'll be little surprise that the bout isn't expected to go the distance, and is 2/11 to not go 12 rounds, and 4/1 to go to the final bell. With different bookies carrying different "length of bout" markets. We won't go into all of those, but it does seem like they are expecting a stoppage between rounds 5 and 10.
Related - Can Bivol over-come Pascal in one of the final HBO shows? (Preview)
Later today we'll see Kyrgyzstan born Russian Dmitry Bivol (14-0, 11) [дмитрий бивол] defending his WBA Light Heavyweight title against Haitian born Canadian Jean Pascal (33-5-1-1, 20). Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout, and both made weight.
On the scales the champion was 174.25lbs, and looked in great shape for his third defense of the year, following wins over Sullivan Barrera and Isaac Chilemba. Pascal was slightly heavier at 174.5lbs, but also looked in great shape, and was clearly up for the fight, getting in Bivol's face whilst the two men were weighing in.
Despite making weight it should be noted that Pascal has lost his last 3 bouts where he has come in at 175lbs, or below, and was actually 193.75lbs back in July, for a win over Steve Bosse. The popular 36 year old is really in last chance saloon here and will need to pull out one of his career best performances just hang with the unbeaten champion.
For Bivol a win here is expected to set up a unification bout in the new year, possibly against former Pascal foe Eleider Alvarez, who beat Pascal in 2017 and defeated Sergey Kovalev earlier this year for the WBO title. A unification between the two next year would be something very special and looks to be something both teams are angling foe, if both are successful in upcoming matches.
For fans wanting to watch this bout it will be aired on HBO in the US and Boxnation in the UK.
Related - Can Bivol over-come Pascal in one of the final HBO shows? [Preview]
On November 24th we'll see Kyrgyzstan born Russian Dmitry Bivol (14-0, 11) [дмитрий бивол] defending his WBA Light Heavyweight title against Haitian born Canadian Jean Pascal (33-5-1-1, 20). That's an interesting bout, though one where the champion will be strongly favoured. What's more interesting however is the fact the under-card will feature a trio of Uzbek fighters.
One of those Uzbek's is 2016 Olympic silver medal winner Shakhram Giyasov (5-0, 4) [Shahram G‘iyosov], who is expected to fight in a 6 rounder though his opponent hasn't yet been named. Another fighter yet to have his opponent named is the debuting Isrial Madrimov (0-0) [Isroil Madrimov], who is expected to make his debut in a 10 round bout at Light Middleweight. If that ends up happening we'll expect to see him being put on fast track to the top.
The other Uzbek is Murodjon Akhmadaliev (4-0, 3) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович], who takes on the once beaten Alexander Mejia (11-1, 5) in a battle between world ranked fighters. The unbeaten Uzbek is ranked #6 by the WBA whilst Meija is ranked #12 by the same body. It's worth noting that the Nicaraguan's only loss came in Japan to Hiroshige Osawa, by narrow decision. The winner here will be within touching distance of a shot at WBA Super Bantamweight champion Danny Roman, though both would be the under-dog against the American champion.
After several weeks of speculation we've now seen Kyrgyzstan born Russian Dmitry Bivol (14-0, 11) [дмитрий бивол] having his next bout confirmed, with several sources now reporting that the unbeaten man is set to defend his WBA Light Heavyweight title against Haitian born Canadian Jean Pascal (33-5-1-1, 20) on November 24th on HBO.
Back in September Bivol was linked to a December fight with either Badou Jack (22-1-3, 13) or Joe Smith Jr (24-2, 20). Jack seemed to fall out of the conversation quickly and it was assumed that Bivol Vs Smith was a done deal. That bout however fell through recently with Smith deciding to face IBF champion Artur Beterbiev (13-0, 13) instead.
Due to Smith going a different route Bivol's team had to act quickly and given the situation there are a lot of less notable opponents they could have gotten instead of the popular Pascal. It is however a shame that Pascal is going to be 36 by the time he steps in the ring with Bivol and is certainly not the fighter he once was. Although he is still popular it is several years since he last scored a win of note.
For Bivol it's a way to stay busy, and a decent way to close out a year that has seen him beating Sullivan Barrera and Isaac Chilemba, though it does seem very much like a chance to get a name on his record rather than a quality win against someone in his prime.
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.
(Image courtesy of TASS)
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!