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Photos: Dmitry Bivol Dominates Joe Smith To Retain WBA Title

Dmitry Bivol dominated Joe Smith Jr. to retain his WBA light-heavyweight title and unbeaten record on Saturday. (photos by Ed Mulholland).

The Russian, 28, was in control from the outset in New York, claiming a unanimous decision win to retain his title and improve to a 16-0 record.

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Bivol was untroubled by Smith (24-3), the judges scoring the fight 119-109, 119-109 and 118-110 in his favour.

Smith tried to be aggressive early, but he struggled to land much of note in the opening rounds.

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Instead, it was Bivol in control, and he did some damage to the right eye of Smith.

Already in command, Bivol landed a flurry of big blows in the seventh round after a hard jab.

An increasingly frustrated Smith then threw Bivol to the canvas after the fighters came together in the ninth round.

Smith managed to land a huge right at the end of the 10th, but Bivol's win was never in doubt.

Earlier, Maurice Hooker retained his WBO light-welterweight title after a unanimous decision win over Mikkel LesPierre.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pound4PoundStud on 03-10-2019

[QUOTE=MisanthropicNY;19573043]Bivol: "Where Stevenson's coma'd ass at?"[/QUOTE] Wow, don't see how that's cool last all.

Comment by JohnCastellanos on 03-10-2019

I fell asleep during this fight, Bivol plays it safe and only engages when he sees an opening. Sorry but I want more from a pro boxer, this is basically another Lara but without the distance running

Comment by MisanthropicNY on 03-10-2019

Bivol: "Where Stevenson's coma'd ass at?"

Comment by Foolkiller on 03-10-2019

Multiple times during the fight I was amazed in the difference in size between the fighters. Can’t think of many middleweights that could withstand Bivol’s power if he could safely make the weight. I believe 168lbrs would be in trouble…

Comment by clemenza on 03-10-2019

Well then guys can all pop for sure. But seeing Bivol again live last night, He has the body of a 68 or even a 60 pounder. Standing in the ring with smith the size deference was apparent.

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