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Dmitry Bivol Beats Down Cedric Agnew, Stops Him in Four

By Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – Dmitry Bivol made the emphatic statement he sought Saturday night.

The hard-hitting light heavyweight dominated Cedric Agnew on his way to recording a fourth-round technical knockout at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Bivol’s impressive performance came in the second of three televised undercard bouts before HBO Pay-Per-View’s broadcast of the Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev rematch.

The 26-year-old Bivol, of Tokmak, Kyrgyzstan, improved to 11-0 and recorded his ninth knockout. Agnew (29-3, 15 KOs), a Houston resident raised in Chicago, was stopped for just the second time in his 10-year pro career.

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Referee Russell Mora ended the scheduled 10-round bout because Agnew was pawing at his right eye, indicating that he couldn’t see out of it. Bivol was hitting Agnew, who also had a cut over his left eye, near a neutral corner when Mora stepped in to stop the fight at 1:27 of the fourth round.

A round after flooring Agnew, Bivol drilled Agnew with a flush left hook with a little more than a minute to go in the second round. Agnew took that shot well and waved Bivol forward.

Late in the first round, Bivol’s left hook penetrated Agnew’s high guard and hurt him. Several seconds later, Bivol connected with a cleaner left hook that made Agnew stumble backward, into a neutral corner.

Bivol followed up with a right hand and Agnew, still stung from the left hook, went down. He made it to his feet and survived the rest of the round.

Bivol is the WBA interim light heavyweight champion, but his title wasn’t at stake against Agnew. Before Saturday night, Agnew had lost only to Kovalev, who knocked him out in the seventh round of their March 2014 fight in Atlantic City, and Samuel Clarkson, who won a debatable split decision over Agnew in February 2015 in Rye, New York.

In the bout before he beat Agnew, Bivol stopped Clarkson in the fourth round April 14 in Oxon Hill, Maryland.                                                   

The fast-developing Bivol hopes to face WBA world light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (30-3, 16 KOs) in his next bout. Ward entered his rematch with Kovalev as the WBA “super” light heavyweight champion.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Yaroslavkostrov on 06-18-2017

Great job by Bivol. Hope to see title fight vs cleverly or badou jack soon.

Comment by harwri008 on 06-18-2017

He had a McGregor type level opponent but you know that only matters when it's Mayweather.

Comment by Kigali on 06-17-2017

[QUOTE=Superbee;17770362]Not ready... Needs to go thru better opponents first... Beterbiev has a much better resume for the same number of fights ...[/QUOTE] Beterbiev is horrible. Stephen Hawking has better head movement.:lol1::lol1: Way too stiff....You can tell he's going to get…

Comment by Superbee on 06-17-2017

Not ready... Needs to go thru better opponents first... Beterbiev has a much better resume for the same number of fights ...

Comment by Kigali on 06-17-2017

[QUOTE=Mammoth;17770263]I'm not writing him off. He looks good but 175 is pretty stacked. I don't know how he does when he steps up.[/QUOTE] He doesn't blend offense with defense. Damn good fighter though.

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