Power-boxer Dmitry Bivol (15-0-0, 11KO) is a hard-nosed man, and a serious fighter, as he is one of the most highly touted talents in boxing, and for good measure.
Upon being the WBA Light-Heavyweight titlist, he is taking on a foe who is well known for his workmanlike approach and big power, that being #8 WBO contender Joe Smith Jr. (24-2-0, 20KO) of Long Island, NY.
Bivol is going for his 4th world title defense, and is fresh off a razor sharp technical performance against storied veteran Jean Pascal in November.
Joe Smith has done some good things in his career, working his way up in old school fashion, his most notable wins being a victory over Andrzej Fonfara, and in retiring Bernard Hopkins from the sport in consecutive bouts. This will by far be the toughest test of Smith’s career, in what will be an opportunity at his first world title against a primed, very skilled opponent.
Look for this fight, and its fight card on the DAZN streaming app on Saturday, March 9th at 9 P.M. EST.