Dmitry Bivol Retains WBA 175lb Title

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Dmitry Bivol Retains WBA 175lb Title
Bivol ready to clash with Pascal. Photo: Sumio Yamada.

Dmitry Bivol scored his 14th victory to move his record to 14-0 with 11 knockouts via unanimous decision with scorecards of 120-108, 120-108, and 116-112 to retain his World Boxing Association (WBA) Light Heavyweight Title over Issac Chilemba.

The bout was broadcast live on HBO premium network from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City and was a co-feature to Sergey Kovalev vs Eleider Alvarez.

Bivol had success early in the fight by going forward behind a nice jab and throwing power punches.  Chilemba was being his very cagey, regular self, while landing some nice right hands of his own that the champion had to adjust to.

The fight turned into a bit more of a boxing match than a slug fest as Bivol was not using his right hand very often, perhaps injuring it early in the fight, but Chilemba was very hard to hit flush in any case.

Going down the stretch in the championship rounds Bivol appeared to be coasting although he was showing some good movement while being on his toes and crisp with his punches before the cards came in a wide unanimous decision.


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