Saturday, November 24 2018

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino , NJ

Dmitry Bivol

(15-0-0, 11 KOs) VS.

Jean Pascal

(33-6-1, 20 KOs)

12 Round WBA Light Heavyweight Championship Bout

World Champion Dmitry Bivol (15-0-0, 11 KOs) retained his WBA World Light Heavyweight title in a unanimous decision over his rather formidable opponent Jean Pascal (33-6-1, 20 KOs). The grueling match, which went all 12 rounds, took place on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Pascal came out strong, leading with long hooks and body shots, while Bivol stayed back and was patient. When Bivol found the right moment, he landed his jabs with a 1-2 combination. Pascal and Bivol created a dance in which one would throw a hook and the other would block. This continued into the second, until Bivol's shots became a lot harder and it was apparent on Pascal's face that he was in for a real battle.

In the third, Bivol landed a hard left hook to Pascal's body and one on his chin. In the fourth, Pascal attempted to throw hard shots, but they only landed on Bivol's gloves. Pascal continued to throw jabs that were mostly unsuccessful, while in the sixth and seventh Bivol delivered nice combos in which he landed a left hook to the face and a left hook to the body.

By the eight, Pascal regained some momentum and landed a right hook that left Bivol staggering around the ring. In the tenth, Pascal ended up trapping Bivol on to the ropes, landing a few shots to the body. In the eleventh, Pascal landed a left hook, but Bivol came back stronger and quicker, landing twice as many punches as Pascal and once again putting himself back in control of the match.

Bivol absolutely dominated in the twelfth, landing hit after hit, ultimately resulting in a unanimous decision of 117-111, 119-109, 119-109. Despite the unanimous decision, the match was hard fought and was very touch-and-go for Bivol in a few parts.

"Of course, every time you shoot to find a knockout," Bivol said. "But sometimes you can't. I show[ed] my boxing skills [and] I hope people are glad after my fight."

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