Last week Dmitry Bivol (15-0, 11) [дмитрий бивол] had his bout with Joe Smith Jr (24-2, 20) confirmed for March 9th in Verona, New York, though there was some question marks about who else would be on the card.
Today Olamsport essentially confirmed that Olympic silver medal winner Shakhram Giyasov (6-0, 5) [Shahram G‘iyosov] would be on the show.
The Uzbek news outlet explained that the highly touted Giyasov had left Uzbekistan to continue his training in the US ahead of his bout on that show, though didn't reveal who he would be facing on the card.
We're hoping that more top Uzbeks will be on the show, though it's unclear still despite several originally being rumoured for the show.
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Over the last few days it's been revealed that Dmitry Bivol (15-0, 11) [дмитрий бивол], Shakhram Giyasov (6-0, 5) [Shahram G‘iyosov], Murodjon Akhmadaliev (5-0, 4) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович] and Sergey Kuzmin (14-0, 11) would be back in action in March, on the same show in the US.
At the moment specific details haven't been revealed as to who the aforementioned fighters will be facing, though there are rumours surrounding all the fighters. The rumours are pretty much going to be short lived one with Vadim Kornilov expected to announce the details, of at least the main event, by the end of next week.
At the moment it's unclear whether this decision is a major change in plans, with Giyasov having previously been targeting a bout at the Milliy Stadium in Tashkent, or whether it's merely a minor diversion and and Tashkent bout will still take place. It's also unclear whether Akhmadaliev will be getting a rumour world title fight, or will end up having to wait. Thankfully everything is expected to be cleared in the near future.
It's worth noting that nothing has been mentioned of Isrial Madrimov (1-0, 1) [Isroil Madrimov], who would make sense to be added on to this card unless something very big is around the corner for the Light Middleweight hopeful.
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.
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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.
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