On Saturday, June 17, 2017, Dmitry Bivol (11-0, 9 KOs) scored a fourth-round TKO victory against Cedric Agnew (29-3, 15 KOs) at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The scheduled 12-round Light Heavyweight fight was the second undercard bout of a four-fight pay-per-view card presented by HBO in the U.S. The fight also awarded Bivol a shot at the winner of tonight’s fight between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev.
The reader might be asking him or herself how a man with Bivol’s record could already be scheduled for the shot a title. Well, Bivol began his professional career in 2014 after a stellar amateur career where he won Gold medal in the World Combat Games in 2013.
Bivol, a native of Russia, follows in the footsteps of fellow contenders or titleholders of Eastern European descent, such as Vasyl Lomachenko, Gennady Golovkin and Kovalev, who had lengthy and extensive amateur careers before competing at a world class level.
Indeed, like Lomachenko did in only 2 or 3 fights, Bivol earned a portion of the WBA Light Heavyweight title in May of 2016 in only his seventh professional fight.
Today he retained his challenger status according to the WBA with an easy win against Agnew, a 30-year-old native of Chicago, Illinois who is a previous victim of Kovalev.
After dropping Agnew in Round 1, Bivol spent the next few rounds playing target practice against Agnew, who resorted to curling up in a peek-a-boo stance in order to avoid Bivol’s shots and to look for potential counterpunches.
However, due to Bivol’s superior offensive skill, Agnew’s opportunity to counterpunch never presented itself, so by Round 4, after taking an enormous amount of punishment, referee Russell Mora put a stop to the fight.
Bivol demonstrated a lot of talent against a former title challenger and will look to return soon, though it is unclear if his next fight will indeed be against the winner of Ward-Kovalev.
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Gabe Rivas has written for Round By Round Boxing since July of 2013. He studies Literature and Philosophy, tutors English, and teaches Boxing. Follow him on Instagram and on Twitter @GabeRivas03.