HBO results: Dmitry Bivol KOs Trent Broadhurst, ready for Sullivan Barrera
With one precise right hand, Dmitry Bivol wiped out Trent Broadhurst in the first round to defend his WBA light heavyweight title Saturday night in Monaco.
“I like the right hand. It’s very strong,” Bivol said in his limited English in the post-fight interview. Televised live in the United States on HBO, the 26-year-old Russian power-puncher was compelling enough to bring the network halfway around the world at some lavish casino ballroom in Monte Carlo, and, although his exhibition lasted all but three minutes, boxing fans stateside caught a glimpse at a real player in the 175-pound class.
“I know everybody want to see knockout,” proclaimed Bivol. “First round, 11th round, they want to see knockout. I make this today. I hope people enjoyed the fight and were excited.”
Bivol, 12-0 (10), was the first to eat a clean punch, thanks to the spirited start of his Australian opponent, but, in a collective manner, he kept at his measuring jab. Soon enough, Broadhurst, 20-2 (12), found himself on the defensive and on the outskirts of the ring, midway through the round, after going right at Bivol from the jump. Bivol pawed that jab, moments after the 10-second clap and timed a right hand up the middle that caught Broadhurst flush on the chin. His sudden drop to the canvas was harmonious with the bell and referee Howard John Foster immediately waved off the fight.
“I think it’s important to focus on your strong sides,” Bivol explained in Russian, when asked what he wants to improve in this young stage of his career. “If I can throw a good, strong right hand, I want to develop it further. There’s no limit how much you can add to that. I want to keep on working that every training camp. You don’t want to work on the weaker sides, you want to work on the stronger sides and I’m going to be doing that. I’m going to work on my stronger points.”
Thanks to the retirement of Andre Ward and Badou Jack vacating another version of the WBA light heavyweight strap, Bivol, who was labeled the organization’s “interim champion,” found himself left as the only one to hold one of the sanctioning body’s myriad of belts over the past few months. He made made his HBO debut on the pay-per-view undercard of the Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev rematch, and, as Cedric Agnew would tell you after that night in June, Bivol is the latest knockout artist to join the high ranks of light heavyweight.
“I know the WBA said the winner of this fight will make mandatory defense. I’m ready. If it’s Sullivan Barrera, I’m ready,” explained Bivol. “Every good boxer must think about himself that he’s the best in the world. I hope that I can be the best, pound-for-pound, one day. Many guys now are good in light heavyweight division but we will see who will be better.”
Barrera, 20-1 (14), has a date against Felix Valera scheduled for November 25 on HBO (if you were wondering why the network followed Bivol in the first place), and, when asked if Bivol thinks he can beat the Cuban contender, he replied:
“I believe I can. Every time I go to the ring, I believe I will be winner.”