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Dmitry Bivol vs. Trent Broadhurst – Results


By Jeff Aranow: WBA World light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (12-0, 10 KOs) showed fans why the boxing world is so high on him with a blistering fast 1st round knockout victory over #11 WBA fringe contender Trent Broadhurst (20-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Salle Medecin in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

The 26-year-old Bivol tagged the Australian Broadhurst with a perectly placed right hand to the head that put him down on the canvas. The fight was then halted. It was a nice counter right by Bivol that put Broadhurst down. It didn’t look like that hard of a punch from Bivol. It was just a good right that was placed at the perfect spot that bowled Broadhurst over. Broadhurst was bleeding on the bridge of his nose after he went down. It’s unclear if the knockout punch did that to him or one of the other shots Bivol landed in the round. Bivol didn’t hit Broadhurst that often in the round with power shots. Bivol was mostly landing a powerful jab that reminded me a lot of the jab from former heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko. Bivol throws his jab much like Wladimir used to.

In the early part of round 1, Broadhurst landed a good right hand to the head of Bivol that seemed to get his attention. I wouldn’t say that Bivol was hurt, but he felt that shot. Bivol then fired back and right hand with very little on it. Broadhurst went down with what looked like a shove from Bivol. It didn’t look like a knockdown. Bivol looked like shark after that.

Broadhurst connected with another big right hand that Bivol walked through. Bivol then fired back a scorching right hand to the head of Broadhurst that knocked him down on the canvas. The fight was then stopped by the referee Howard John Foster.

It was a good win for Bivol, who was elevated by the World Boxing Association on October 17 last month to full WBA 175 lb. title holder after Andre “SOG” Ward retired and vacated his title. Broadhurst wasn’t originally supposed to be fighting for a world title against Bivol. Before the WBA elevated Bivol to their WBA World light heavyweight champion, he was the interim WBA champion.

“Maybe it was the best punch of my whole career,” said Bivol after the fight in talking about the right hand that knocked out Broadhurst. “I like the right hand. It’s very strong. I was sure, yes, because I landed it clean. I felt it was a clean, strong punch. I know everybody wants to see a knockout. 1st round, 11th round, they want to see a knockout. I want to develop my strong side. There’s no limit how much I can add to that, and I want to keep working on that in training. I’m going to be developing my stronger points. I hope I can be the best pound for pound fighter one day. Many guys are good in the light heavyweight division, but we will see who is better. The WBA said the winner of that fight [Sullivan Barrera vs. Felix Valera], we must make mandatory defense. I’m ready for mandatory defense. Who my opponent, whether it’s Sullivan Barrera, I’m ready. Every time I go in the ring, I believe I will be the winner,” said Bivol.

With the win, Bivol will now be facing #1 WBA Sullivan Barrera (20-1, 14 KOs) next if he gets past Felix Valera (15-1, 13 KOs) in their fight this month on November 25 on the undercard of the Sergey Kovalev vs. Vyacheslav Shabranskyy at Madison Square Garden in New York. The 35-year-old Barrera is expected to win that fight. Bivol will give Barrera a lot of problems with his punching power.

However, it’s still very difficult to know for sure who will come out on top in that fight. Bivol looked shaky at one point after getting hit hard by Broadhurst in the opening moments of tonight’s fight. Barrera is a much bigger puncher than Broadhurst, and he has better boxing skills. Bivol will need to take some heavy shots from Barrera if he wants to win that fight, since it’s not a fight that he’ll likely win quickly like tonight’s affair against Broadhurst.

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