WBA Light-Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol (15-0-0, 11KO) of Russia, was successful in making the 3rd defenses of his title in a very impressive showing.
Bivol showcased both his cerebral gifts, and well-rounded boxing ability in defeating Canada’s Jean Pascal (33-6-1, 20KO) via wide unanimous decision (119-109, 119-109, 117-111).
In his victory, Bivol showed sound improvement across the board in all areas. Pascal early on was trying to give Bivol different looks, but Bivol wasn’t falling into any of Pascal’s traps and stuck behind his jab and a disciplined approach, out-thinking the veteran.
Speaking of the jab, it appears at this point that Dmitry just may have the best jab in the division, as he can use it in a multitude of ways, something for the rest of the division to take note of in future match-ups that may take place in the near future.
Pascal as usual gave it his best effort. Showing a lot of heart, Pascal forced what was a fun, competitive 8th round where he had a couple of big spurts in between Bivol’s methodical work. In the end, what was shown, and would be the overwhelming consensus notion was that Pascal was coming into the fight outgunned and over-matched in every area.
At this point in Pascal’s career, it’s still pretty remarkable that he still has a good deal of his speed and reflexes in-tact as shown in this fight, however, his technical short-comings proved to be a detriment against the younger, versatile Champion in Bivol.
Bivol has his sights set on unification opportunities, most notably a potential match-up with fellow Russian Artur Beterbiev (13-0-0, 13KO), and everyone in the division will be taking notice of next weeks match between Adonis Stevenson and WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk, whom will be a Lineal Champion to covet and target as an opponent.
The light heavyweight division is a talented one, and one that is wide open with 4 – 5 fighters who are capable of staking claim in the division. The snowball effect will take place soon. Bivol also expressed interest in taking on some big time Super-Middleweight match-ups, which is realistic for him, since by stature he is a smaller Light-Heavyweight.
It’s safe to say that Dmitry Bivol wants any big opportunity that may come his way from 168 – 175 lbs.
PROJECT COMBAT SCORECARD: 119 – 109 DMITRY BIVOL.