With just 14 pro bouts on his resume, light heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol is already regarded as one of the most skilled light heavyweights in the world. (photos by Ed Mulholland).
Now, he headlines his first main event in the U.S. when HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: DMITRY BIVOL VS. JEAN PASCAL AND MURODJON AKHMADALIEV VS. ISAAC ZARATE is seen SATURDAY, NOV. 24 at 10:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from the Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. The HBO Sports team will call all the action, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
On a quest for worldwide pound-for-pound recognition, Russia’s Dmitry Bivol (14-0, 11 KOs), 27, looks to continue his dominance in the talent-rich light heavyweight division. With decades of experience, 36-year-old Jean Pascal (33-5-1, 20 KOs) of Laval, Quebec is out to spoil Bivol’s plans and insert himself back into the conversation in the 175-pound weight class.
Bivol will be profiled in the HBO Sports feature “2 Days: Dmitry Bivol,” now streaming on HBO NOW & HBO GO.
Opening HBO’s 83rd boxing telecast from Atlantic City is a 10-round super bantamweight bout. Making his American TV debut, Murodjon Akhmadaliev (4-0, 3 KOs), 24, originally from Uzbekistan and now fighting out of Brooklyn, is a 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and accomplished amateur fighter who hopes to make a statement in the division. Isaac Zarate (16-3-3, 2 KOs), 27, of San Pedro, Calif. is hot off an upset split decision victory over Horatio Garcia and seeks to continue his rise.