Dmitry Bivol Dominates Jean Pascal over Twelve Rounds
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: November 26, 2018
ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY – At the Mark G. Etess Arena in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey Dmitry Bivol (15-0, 11 KOs) made the third successful title defense of his WBA light heavyweight (175) championship.
Bivol faced off against former light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (33-6-1, 20 KOs). Pascal’s career was thought to be over after his two stoppage losses to former light heavyweight king Sergey Kovalev in 2015 and 2016. The Haitian-Canadian would bounce back with a majority decision loss to Eleider Alvarez, who stopped Kovalev in the seventh-round earlier this year, and two technical knockout victories over two lower-tier fighters.
Bivol at 27 has a nine-year advantage over Pascal, 36, and in his two previous fights scored two dominant victories over top ten light heavyweights Isaac Chilemba and Sullivan Barrera. The young Russian came into the fight against Pascal as a heavy favorite to come out with a victory.
The fight followed the same pattern of Bivol’s bouts with Chilemba and Barrera with him controlling the pace of the fight in each round. Bivol is a technically proficient pugilist and always looks prepared in the ring. The jab and the right hand were constant punches for Bivol as he landed both punches frequently in every round. Pascal would have his moments in some rounds and had his best round in the 10th when he was able to outwork Bivol. Neither man looked in significant trouble at any point of the match as it resembled a sparring session throughout.
After twelve rounds the judges scored a wide unanimous decision for Bivol with scores of 117-111 and 119-109 twice. Bivol landed a total of 217 out of 678 punches at a 32 percent connect rate. Pascal only landed 60 out 357 total punches at a 17 percent connect rate. The largest gap was in the jab category with Bivol landing 90 to Pascal’s six.
There are many options available for Bivol next. Including a potential match with the winner of the rematch between Alvarez and Kovalev. The next two contenders for Bivol’s WBA title are Badou Jack and Marcus Browne who are both advised by Al Haymon. With HBO leaving the boxing business in 2019, Bivol’s promoter Main Events will have to work with other promoters to get him the biggest fights available.
(Featured Photo: Ed Mulholland/HBO)