Tag: Jean Pascal

Post Fight: Like Clockwork, Bivol vs Pascal

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.

Meeting at an Intersection: Bivol vs Pascal

In what will presumably be the 2nd last HBO broadcast before its departure, heavy-handed WBA Light-Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol (14-0-0, 11KO) will vie to make a successful third defense of his title.

Accompanying the ring with him on November 24th is former Light-Heavyweight Champion Jean Pascal (33-5-1, 20KO). For the bulk of his career, Pascal was an explosive athlete with quick hands, who was a handful to deal with. At this juncture of his career, his hands aren’t as fast, and he has slipped from his prime, seeing the culmination of his better days. Nonetheless, at this point in time, he still does hit hard enough to make for an intriguing challenge and will try to give it his best effort in what may be his final shot against elite competition.

Bivol is one of the stand-outs in the division that is seeing an up-tick in top talent from the Russian/Eastern European regions, and he has a diverse skill-set which will come in handy down the road, knowing he doesn’t have to over-rely on his vaunted power. 

With a potential win here, Bivol could possibly look for unification opportunities with one of the other Champions in the division, so an impressive showing here is important to both increase his star-power and get the big fight that he covets. 

Tune into HBO, Saturday night to catch this one, which takes place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City.