|Real name||Dmitry Yuryevich Bivol|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
18 December 1990|
Tokmak, Kyrgyz SSR,
(now Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan)
|Wins by KO||11|
Dmitry Yuryevich Bivol (Russian: Дмитрий Юрьевич Бивол; born 18 December 1990) is a Russian professional boxer who has held the WBA light-heavyweight title since 2017. As an amateur, he won a gold medal at the 2013 World Combat Games in the 81 kg weight category.
Early life and amateur career
Bivol was born in Soviet Kyrgyzstan to a Moldovan father and an ethnic Korean mother. He took up boxing at the age of 6, before moving to Russia at 11. Born to parents in a foreign land, he found home in the post-USSR Russia. Bivol was a decorated amateur, winning 2 world championships at the junior (U-17) level, as well as a bronze medal at the 2008 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in the middleweight division. Bivol won the Russian national amateur boxing championships in 2012 and 2014, as a light heavyweight. His record as an amateur was 268-15.
Bivol made his professional debut on November 2014. He won his first 6 fights by way of knockout. Bivol sparred with Egor Mekhontsev, Jean Pascal, and Vyacheslav Shabranskyy early in his career. Bivol lives in St. Petersburg but trains in Southern California.
Interim WBA light-heavyweight champion
Bivol won the interim WBA light-heavyweight title on 21 May 2016, beating previously undefeated Felix Valera by unanimous decision (119-107, 119-107, 116-111). Bivol dominated Valera, dropping him twice with combinations. At the time, the WBA had three different world titles, with Bivol holding the lesser version of them. Bivol's first defense came against Robert Berridge on 23 February 2017. Bivol cruised to an easy win over Berridge, pummeling him over 4 rounds before a technical knockout stoppage. Berridge was knocked down in round 3. At the start of round 4, Bivol opened a cut over Berridge's right eye. Following another knockdown and with Berridge bleeding profusely, the ringside doctor stopped the fight. Bivol then defended his title against Samuel Clarkson on 14 April 2017. The fight headlined a ShoBox show at the MGM National Harbor in Maryland. Bivol once again won in dominant fashion, knocking Clarkson down twice in the first round, before dropping him once more with a short right hand midway through round 4. Although Clarkson got up, the referee stopped the fight, giving Bivol a TKO win.
Bivol sought to face WBA (Regular) champion Nathan Cleverly following his win over Clarkson. He appeared on the undercard of Ward-Kovalev II, in a non-title bout against Cedric Agnew. Agnew had previously lost to Clarkson. Bivol once again got a quick, emphatic win, getting a 4th-round TKO for the third consecutive time. Agnew was dropped in the first round.
WBA light-heavyweight champion
As interim champion, Bivol was Cleverly's mandatory challenger, but the WBA granted Cleverley an exception for him to face Badou Jack. After Jack defeated Cleverly, the WBA ordered a Jack-Bivol purse bid. However, following WBA (Super) and unified champion Andre Ward's retirement, Jack decided to vacate his title, presumably to pursue one of the other vacant titles previously held by Ward.
Bivol vs. Broadhurst
With the WBA's other two titles being vacated, interim champion Bivol was elevated to full champion. He was scheduled to fight Trent Broadhurst on an optional defense on 4 November 2017 at the Salle des Etoiles. As interim champion, Dmitry Bivol was ranked #1 by the WBA when the fight was announced, while Broadhurst was ranked #11. The announcement was met with incredulity by the media, due to many fighters ranked above Broadhurst being available. The WBA's #2 contender, Sullivan Barrera, took to Twitter to express his displeasure at being overlooked. The WBA's president, Gilberto Mendoza, later clarified that the winner of the bout will be ordered to fight the WBA's top contender within 120 days. Bivol won the fight by knockout with a clean right-handed shot at the end of the first round. The live broadcast of the fight averaged 341,000 viewers on HBO, while a same-day replay averaged 289,000 viewers.
Bivol vs. Barrera
Next Bivol faced the toughest test of his career on 3 March 2018 and dominated Sullivan Barrera (21-2, 14 KO) and stopping him in the 12th and final round. Bivol was able to outbox and outpunch Barrera throughout the fight, then exploded suddenly with a massive right hand that put the Cuban down halfway into the final frame. Barrera did get up, but referee Harvey Dock stopped the fight for the TKO at 1:41. Bivol mostly met challenges in the forms of a cut suffered over his right eye early in the bout, and a hematoma that developed over his left eye as the fight went on. Both came from accidental clashes of heads.
After the fight, Bivol said through a transaler, “I felt a little bit like an amateur tonight, it was a really great opponent. Barrera showed me a lot of things tonight, and I have to work on a lot of things. Thanks, Sullivan. I was a little bit reserved. I was thinking how much I need to go the rest of the fight, but in the 12th round, I knew I could knock him out. I stepped on the gas, and the knockout came.” Bivol landed 243 of 778 (31%) of his punches, including 146 of 378 (39%) power shots, compared to just 75 of 606 (12%) for Barrera, who landed 65 of 273 (24%) of his power punches. Barrera, who has a solid jab, was also completely outjabbed, landing just 10 of 333 (3%), compared to 97 of 400 (24%) for Bivol. The fight averaged 512,000 viewers and peaked at 570,000 viewers on HBO.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|14 fights||14 wins||0 losses|
|14||Win||14–0||Isaac Chilemba||UD||12||4 Aug 2018||Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title|
|13||Win||13–0||Sullivan Barrera||TKO||12 (12), 1:41||3 Mar 2018||The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title|
|12||Win||12–0||Trent Broadhurst||KO||1 (12), 3:00||4 Nov 2017||Casino e Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo, Monaco||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title|
|11||Win||11–0||Cedric Agnew||TKO||4 (10), 1:27||17 Jun 2017||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, US|
|10||Win||10–0||Samuel Clarkson||TKO||4 (12), 1:40||14 Apr 2017||MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, US||Retained WBA interim light-heavyweight title|
|9||Win||9–0||Robert Berridge||TKO||4 (12), 0:47||23 Feb 2017||Nizhny Tagil Forum, Nizhny Tagil, Russia||Retained WBA interim light-heavyweight title|
|8||Win||8–0||Yevgeni Makhteienko||UD||10||29 Oct 2016||Ekaterinburg Arena, Ekaterinburg, Russia|
|7||Win||7–0||Felix Valera||UD||12||21 May 2016||Khodynka Ice Palace, Moscow, Russia||Won WBA interim light-heavyweight title|
|6||Win||6–0||Cleiton Conceição||KO||4 (10), 2:24||18 Feb 2016||The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California, US|
|5||Win||5–0||Jackson Junior||TKO||4 (10), 1:59||4 Nov 2015||TatNeft Arena, Kazan, Russia||Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental light-heavyweight title|
|4||Win||4–0||Felipe Romero||KO||8 (8), 2:38||27 Aug 2015||The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California, US||Won vacant WBC–USNBC Silver light-heavyweight title|
|3||Win||3–0||Joey Vegas||KO||4 (8), 1:10||22 May 2015||Luzhniki Palace of Sports, Moscow, Russia|
|2||Win||2–0||Konstantin Piternov||TKO||3 (6), 1:12||10 Apr 2015||Luzhniki Palace of Sports, Moscow, Russia|
|1||Win||1–0||Jorge Rodriguez Olivera||TKO||6 (6), 1:44||28 Nov 2014||Luzhniki Palace of Sports, Moscow, Russia|
- HBO World Championship Boxing tale of the tape prior to the Isaac Chilemba fight.
- "Boxer Ball battles to world silver medal in Russia - October 25 2013".
- "Dmitry Kudryashov, Rakhim Chakhkiev, Dmitry Bivol Win". Retrieved 2016-05-21.
- "Kovalev-Mikhalkin Watched by Peak Audience of 674,000 on HBO". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
|Regional boxing titles|
|New title|| WBC–USNBC Silver
27 August 2015 – December 2015
Title last held byMirco Ricci
| WBA Inter-Continental
4 November 2015 – March 2016
Title next held byEnrico Kölling
|World boxing titles|
| WBA light-heavyweight champion
21 May 2016 – 23 September 2017
Title last held byBadou Jack
| WBA light-heavyweight champion
23 September 2017 – present