Dmitry Bivol vs. Jean Pascal is Confirmed For November 24, HBO

By Steve Kim

Kathy Duva, the head of Main Events, has confirmed that Dmitry Bivol will be returning to the ring in late November.

"Dmitry is going to fight Jean Pascal, a former world champion and spectacular personality and he's going to be doing that at the Hard Rock in Atlantic City on Thanksgiving weekend on November 24th," she told on Tuesday.

This bout will be broadcast on HBO, which announced that 2018 will be their last year televising the sport of boxing.

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Originally, the opponent for Bivol (the reigning WBA 175-pound titlist) was Joe Smith and Main Events and HBO believed they had a deal for that fight. But Star Boxing at the end decided to face IBF belt-holder, Artur Beterbiev, in December on DAZN.

"We had to start over, that was just over a week ago and we fortunately were able to make deal with Jean and (adviser) Greg Leon. That was much quicker," said Duva, who says various opponents in the WBA rankings were contacted but turned down the opportunity to face Bivol on this date.

"When people want to make a deal, it gets done a lot better, much more efficiently."

The 27-year old Bivol (14-0, 11 KO's) last fought on August 4th where he out-pointed Isaac Chilemba over 12 rounds. Pascal (33-5-1, 20 KO's) stopped Steve Bosse in eight back on July 20th.

The venue was very pleased to secure another world title fight for Atlantic City, which is trying to rebuild it's foothold as a prime location for boxing.

“Following up on the success of last August’s fight between Alvarez and Kovalev, this will just be another step forward in Atlantic City’s return to professional boxing,” says Bernie Dillon, Vice President of Entertainment for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, “I’m thrilled that Hard Rock can be a big part of that.” 

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Gillie on 10-17-2018

[QUOTE=Mammoth;19199147]Why? Bivol is little. Pascal did ok against Alvarez at least.[/QUOTE] I feel as though Bivol will go after him and really batter him. The fight may be competitive until that point but I don't think Pascal can take it…

Comment by Gillie on 10-17-2018

[QUOTE=SugarRaRobinson;19200390]If the emboldened isn’t an exaggeration, I don’t know what is. Not sure why so many on here r acting like Pascal is, or has ever been light-work for anyone. Pascal was the first fighter to give Kovalev any real…

Comment by guitarboyled on 10-17-2018

Pascal’s problem has always been his fuel tank. If he can better manage his energy level Bivol won’t be a happy camper. More pre fight poutine is the only solution! It’s the modern day magic potion for a warrior like…

Comment by Kiowhatta on 10-17-2018

Couldn't they get someone a little more exciting than Pascal? I realise it's hard to get an opponent on short notice, but if Bivol wants to unify like he keeps saying - he'll need to secure better opponents than this.

Comment by PBR Streetgang on 10-17-2018

I love Pascal but he probay has a little too much mileage on the odometer for this matchup. Bivol hits hard, agressive and is athletic. Jean did well against Alvarez but this matchup is less than favorable.

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