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Dmitry Bivol: I Have The Goods To Be The Best Fighter at 175

The Theater, Madison Square Garden, New York City - WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol (13-0, 11 KOs) of Russia picked up his biggest victory to date, by breaking down Sullivan Barrera (21-2, 14 KOs) of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on pace to a final round TKO victory at 1:41 of the twelfth.
 
Bivol found a home for his powerful right hand at several points throughout the bout, but the resilient and dangerous veteran fighter Barrera stayed competitive until the moment he could not continue. At the time of the stoppage, all three judges' scorecards were overwhelmingly in favor of Bivol.
 
"He was a really great opponent," said Bivol. "Sullivan Barrera showed me a lot of things tonight I need to work on when I go back to the gym. So thank you, Sullivan, for that."

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Bivol said he held some of his effort in reserve until he felt confident.

"As a matter of fact for the first few rounds, I was a little bit reserved while planning the rest of the fight. I was thinking how much I needed to go the rest of the fight. But by the 12th round, I knew I could knock him out. I stepped on the gas, and the knockout came."

As to his future, "I've got the goods to be the best light heavyweight in the world, but I've got a lot of work to do to be the best in the division. I have to fight the best in the division and prove I'm the best," said Bivol.

As to who it might be, Bivol said, "You can be the best only when you fight the best. I'm not going to attack anybody. I have a belt, whoever wants it can come and get it."

In the main event of that card, WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev battered and stopped Igor Mikhalkin.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Just looking on 03-06-2018

And people had doubts about him, just showing he is the guy to beat now

Comment by Herdis on 03-06-2018

Juice Pig aka Bivol.. Waited for the Ped to clear from his system before he got tested.

Comment by The Big Dunn on 03-06-2018

[QUOTE=Banderivets;18547555]I don't know man, Gvozdyk is my countryman but I've said it before, the man is chinny. He got a long count in that fight with Karpency...I think he is a knockout waiting to happen, unless he's like Wilder who…

Comment by Paddy Mashdown on 03-06-2018

Bivol looks like a bit of beast to me. I can't see many fighters wanting anything to do with him.

Comment by Banderivets on 03-06-2018

[QUOTE=The Big Dunn;18547520]I agree except for Gvzodyk. Nail looks like he would do well in any era and will prove to be great. He looks like the goods to me. Stevenson still has the massive power to end a fight…

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