Dmitry Bivol

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Dmitry Bivol
Дмитрий Бивол
Real nameDmitry Yuryevich Bivol
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)[1]
Born (1990-12-18) 18 December 1990 (age 28)
Tokmak, Kyrgyz SSR,
Soviet Union
(now Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan)
Boxing record
Total fights16
Wins by KO11

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 a home in post-Soviet 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 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 easily overcame 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 won quickly and emphatically, 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 Cleverly 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 stopped him in the 12th and final round. Bivol was able to outbox and out-punch 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 received a cut over his right eye early in the bout, and a haematoma that developed over his left eye as the fight went on. Both came from accidental clashes of heads. The fight was part of a doubleheader which saw Sergey Kovalev successfully defend his WBO title against Igor Mikhalkin. The card was confirmed in December 2017.[18] After the fight, Bivol said through a translator, “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.”[19]

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 out-jabbed, landing just 10 of 333 (3%), compared to 97 of 400 (24%) for Bivol.[20][21] The fight averaged 512,000 viewers, peaking at 570,000 viewers, on HBO.[22]

Bivol vs. Chilemba[edit]

On 6 June 2018, Main Events announced that Bivol would make a defence against 31-year-old, longtime contender Isaac Chilemba (25-5-2, 10 KOs) on 4 August at the Etess Arena in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Bivol was happy he had the chance to fight a tough challenger, "I am glad that my next opponent will be a tough and well-known boxer in Chilemba. I will do my best to put on another exciting performance for all my fans." The fight would be a co-feature to Sergey Kovalev defending his WBO title against Eleider Álvarez. The idea of having both Bivol and Kovalev on the same card was part of a plan to have them face off in the fall of 2018 in a unification bout, however both had to come out victorious in their respected bouts.[23][24]

In front of a sold-out crowd of 5,642, Bivol handed Chilemba his sixth career defeat by defeating him via a twelve-round unanimous decision, retaining his WBA title. The three judges scored the bout 120-108, 120-108 and 116-112 for Bivol. Other media outlets including ESPN also scored it a shutout win for Bivol.[25] Bivol landed the harder and cleaner shots throughout the fight. Chilemba landed some nice punches, but not enough to take the rounds. Chilemba used his size to his advantage. Bivol appeared to hurt his right hand as he hardly used it after the first six rounds. Bivol appeared to have hurt his right hand early on. Chilemba showed a great chin in absorbing Bivol’s best punches in the first six rounds. Bivol displayed his defensive skills as he blocked many of Chilemba's punches. The punch Chilemba landed the most was a jab.[26] After the fight, Bivol said, "Chilemba is a good fighter and he had champion spirit tonight. He is a strong fighter. I want to fight more good fighters. I don't know who my next opponent will be." Bivol described Chilemba as an awkward fighter. Chilemba believed he dominated the fight after round 6 and should have won the fight. According to CompuBox, Bivol landed 154 of 447 punches thrown (35%) and Chilemba landed 73 of his 472 thrown (16%).[27][28] The fight, which took place on HBO, averaged 583,000 viewers and hit a peak of 632,000 viewers.[29]

In the main event, Álvarez knocked out Kovalev to claim the WBO title, putting a dent in Bivol's plan to fight Kovalev in the fall.[30]

Bivol vs. Pascal[edit]

Weeks after defeating Chilemba, Bivol's manager, Vadim Kornilov, revealed Bivol would likely return to the ring in December 2018. With the other light heavyweight titleholders already scheduled to make defences, Kornilov stated, "We're trying to get the biggest name we can to get Dmitry more exposure fighting top guys."[31] In September, there were rumours circulating that Bivol would defend his title against Joe Smith Jr. in December. A month later, TVA Sports and The Montreal Journal reported that former unified champion Jean Pascal (33-5-1, 20 KOs) was in talks to fight Bivol on 24 November 2018. The news came after it was also reported that Smith was reportedly closing in on signing a deal to fight IBF champion Artur Beterbiev in December. Pascal was one of the frontrunners to fight Bivol in August 2018. Only a few hours later, the fight was announced to take place on HBO at the Etess Arena in Atlantic City.[32] Before talks emerged, Pascal was originally scheduled to fight Canadian cruiserweight champion Gary Kopas in Canada on 9 November, however the fight was cancelled in early October after Pascal needed time to attend his fathers funeral.[33][34]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
16 fights 16 wins 0 losses
By knockout 11 0
By decision 5 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
16 Win 16–0 United States Joe Smith Jr. UD 12 9 Mar 2019 United States Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York, US Retained WBA light-heavyweight title
15 Win 15–0 Canada Jean Pascal UD 12 24 Nov 2018 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US Retained WBA light-heavyweight title
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


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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 next held by
Marcus Browne
Preceded by
Badou Jack
WBA light-heavyweight champion
23 September 2017 – present