Dmitry Bivol beats Jean Pasacal, wants light heavyweight unification
WBA light heavyweight world champion Dmitry Bivol outworked former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (33-6-1 20KOs) in the main event of an HBO telecast from the Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Bivol, an impressive poised young fighter, who despite being the inexperienced fighter, forced Pascal around the ring using feints and subtle movements to force Pascal’s hand. At the end of the first round, Bivol hurt Pascal with a flurry of punches that sent Pascal to the ropes. The other early rounds saw Bivol methodically beat up Pascal.
After the fifth round, Pascal didn’t have the quick fast-twitch explosion he did in prior rounds and found himself pacing himself as Bivol worked away.
This tweet by our good friends’ at the Boxed Out Podcast summed up the result of Pascal’s late success
Pascal looks like he’s had one too many drinks. But he’s not taking shots of alcohol he’s taking punches to the face. #BivolPascal
— TheBoxedOutPodcast (@BoxedOutPodcast) November 25, 2018
Dmitry Bivol won a wide-decision by the scores of 119-109, 119-109 and 117-111.
Bivol has made it clear, his next goal is unification of all of the world titles. The WBC light heavyweight title will be contested next week between current champion Adonis Stevenson against Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk. IBF light heavyweight champion will face former WBC light heavyweight champion Joe Smith Jr. early next as well as WBO light heavyweight Eleider Alvarez will rematch the man he beat to win the title Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev in early next year.
In short, after the dust settles, Bivol can start to think about unification.