Russian,” WBA World lightheavyweight winner, Dmitry Bivol (currently 16-0 11KO’s) looked sharp in his fifth title defense against demanding, marriage laborer, and Long Island’s JOE SMITH JR. (24-3 20KO’s). Smith Jr. chose the champion the complete 12-rounds however, the winner worked his way to a unanimous decision victory (118-110, 119-109 (x 2 )).
Bivol fought a measured fight and maintained his distance by the devastating right hand and then left hook of Smith Jr.. The bout was full of drama, despite the fact that Bivol asserted a strong lead on the scorecards. At the 7th round, Bivol landed a clean shot which wobbled Smith Jr., nevertheless Smith Jr. refused to fall as he displayed a granite grill multiple times across the 12-rounds.
At the final seconds of the 10th around, Smith Jr. finally landed a flush overhand right. The bell stored Bivol that gamely held the ropes and wobbled to his corner unsteady legs. Smith Jr. who was seconds away from a stunning world-championship KO success, arrived on the scene searching for the knockout in the 11th around, expecting to replicate that the explosion in around 10 and erase the scorecards with one more punch. Bivol fearlessly and smartly weathered the storm, as well as went on the attack in the final 20 seconds of around 1 2, which Smith Jr. gritted out to stick to his feet.
“It wasn’t a simple fight” said Bivol after the fight. Bivol acknowldeged the thick hands of Smith Jr., “Smith needed a large heart, and also a solid handson. I grabbed the right hands on the right side, and that I lost my balance a little. ”
Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA needed this to say about Saturday’s fights, “it was an extremely thrilling night of action emphasized through a thrilling primary event” (Bivol vs Smith Jr). “I congratulate Bivol along with his team and I am pleased with Joe, since he demonstrated his soul, decision and shear grit. He is not merely the hardest punching light-heavyweight, but possibly the most difficult one chalk fighter in the game today. I know fans will undoubtedly want to watch Joe for activity again. He is just really a really gratifying fighter which undoubtedly fascinates Boxing fans enamored with his capacity to get rid of a fight with a single blast. ”
The two waged warfare against the opening bell, Jones revealing amazing speed in both his feet and hands, while Gelashvili did back off, settling after the initial two rounds. After having a Jones knock down in the 3rd round, Gelashvili began finding scope, but it was too late as Otha Jones took home the success in his own pro-debut by unanimous decision (59-54, 58-55 (x 2 )).