Dmitry Bivol

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Dmitry Bivol
Дмитрий Бивол
Real name Dmitry Yuryevich Bivol
Weight(s) Light-heavyweight
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)[1]
Nationality Russian
Born (1990-12-18) 18 December 1990 (age 27)
Tokmak, Kyrgyz SSR,
Soviet Union
(now Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 14
Wins 14
Wins by KO 11
Losses 0

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.[2]

Early life and amateur career[edit]

Bivol was born in Soviet Kyrgyzstan to a Moldovan father and an ethnic Korean mother.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] His record as an amateur was 268-15.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.[4]

Interim WBA light-heavyweight champion[edit]

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

Bivol sought to face WBA (Regular) champion Nathan Cleverly following his win over Clarkson.[10] 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.[11]

WBA light-heavyweight champion[edit]

As interim champion, Bivol was Cleverly's mandatory challenger, but the WBA granted Cleverley an exception for him to face Badou Jack.[12] After Jack defeated Cleverly, the WBA ordered a Jack-Bivol purse bid.[12] 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.[13]

Bivol vs. Broadhurst[edit]

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.[14] 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.[15] Bivol won the fight by knockout with a clean right-handed shot at the end of the first round.[16] The live broadcast of the fight averaged 341,000 viewers on HBO, while a same-day replay averaged 289,000 viewers.[17]

Bivol vs. Barrera[edit]

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.[18]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
14 fights 14 wins 0 losses
By knockout 11 0
By decision 3 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
14 Win 14–0 Malawi Isaac Chilemba UD 12 4 Aug 2018 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US Retained WBA light-heavyweight title
13 Win 13–0 Cuba Sullivan Barrera TKO 12 (12), 1:41 3 Mar 2018 United States The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US Retained WBA light-heavyweight title
12 Win 12–0 Australia Trent Broadhurst KO 1 (12), 3:00 4 Nov 2017 Monaco Casino e Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo, Monaco Retained WBA light-heavyweight title
11 Win 11–0 United States Cedric Agnew TKO 4 (10), 1:27 17 Jun 2017 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, US
10 Win 10–0 United States Samuel Clarkson TKO 4 (12), 1:40 14 Apr 2017 United States MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, US Retained WBA interim light-heavyweight title
9 Win 9–0 New Zealand Robert Berridge TKO 4 (12), 0:47 23 Feb 2017 Russia Nizhny Tagil Forum, Nizhny Tagil, Russia Retained WBA interim light-heavyweight title
8 Win 8–0 Ukraine Yevgeni Makhteienko UD 10 29 Oct 2016 Russia Ekaterinburg Arena, Ekaterinburg, Russia
7 Win 7–0 Dominican Republic Felix Valera UD 12 21 May 2016 Russia Khodynka Ice Palace, Moscow, Russia Won WBA interim light-heavyweight title
6 Win 6–0 Brazil Cleiton Conceição KO 4 (10), 2:24 18 Feb 2016 United States The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California, US
5 Win 5–0 Brazil Jackson Junior TKO 4 (10), 1:59 4 Nov 2015 Russia TatNeft Arena, Kazan, Russia Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental light-heavyweight title
4 Win 4–0 Mexico Felipe Romero KO 8 (8), 2:38 27 Aug 2015 United States The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California, US Won vacant WBCUSNBC Silver light-heavyweight title
3 Win 3–0 Uganda Joey Vegas KO 4 (8), 1:10 22 May 2015 Russia Luzhniki Palace of Sports, Moscow, Russia
2 Win 2–0 Russia Konstantin Piternov TKO 3 (6), 1:12 10 Apr 2015 Russia Luzhniki Palace of Sports, Moscow, Russia
1 Win 1–0 Uruguay Jorge Rodriguez Olivera TKO 6 (6), 1:44 28 Nov 2014 Russia Luzhniki Palace of Sports, Moscow, Russia


  1. ^ HBO World Championship Boxing tale of the tape prior to the Isaac Chilemba fight.
  2. ^ "Boxer Ball battles to world silver medal in Russia - October 25 2013". 
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  6. ^ "Dmitry Kudryashov, Rakhim Chakhkiev, Dmitry Bivol Win". Retrieved 2016-05-21. 
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  18. ^ "Kovalev-Mikhalkin Watched by Peak Audience of 674,000 on HBO". Retrieved 2018-08-05. 

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
New title WBCUSNBC Silver
light-heavyweight champion

27 August 2015 – December 2015
Title last held by
Mirco Ricci
WBA Inter-Continental
light-heavyweight champion

4 November 2015 – March 2016
Title next held by
Enrico Kölling
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Felix Valera
WBA light-heavyweight champion
Interim title

21 May 2016 – 23 September 2017
Title last held by
Badou Jack
WBA light-heavyweight champion
23 September 2017 – present