BIVOL LIGHTS UP MONACO
Russian’s missiles strike down Aussie Broadhurst
DMITRY BIVOL astonished a 400-strong capacity crowd of boxing fans, celebrities and gamblers when he knocked out Australia’s Trent Broadhurst in one round at the Salle Medecin of the famous Casino.
Bivol retained the WBA secondary light-heavyweight title (vacated by Badou Jack) on this Matchroom promotion but, more importantly, staked his claim in a division full of talent despite the retirement of Andre Ward.
Born 26 years ago in Tokmak, Kyrgyzstan and now based in St Petersburg, Russia, Bivol drew the compliment of “Super!” from ringside spectator Carlos Takam, still unhappy at being stopped against Anthony Joshua a week earlier.
Broadhurst, from Slacks Creek in Queensland, was well prepared but from the opening bell one could not only see but also hear the effectiveness of Bivol’s combinations.
The Australian was quickly floored and counted on from what looked like a push – but if an extremely fast jab was followed by an elbow, the speed and accuracy displayed just might become Bivol’s trademark. The champ never let Broadhurst breathe, positioning his legs to trigger his opponent, then switching his leading shoulder to help launch missiles.
With round one winding down, Bivol controlled his distance with a loose jab before suddenly unleashing a terrific straight right to the jaw. British referee Howard Foster immediately rescued the challenger, who was declared a KO loser at the 3-00 mark.
“My preferred fighter is Sugar Ray Leonard but I don’t try to box like him,” said Bivol, who already speaks and understands English. “But Ray was unique and I have my own style.”
Doncaster’s WBA secondary bantamweight belt-holder Jamie Mcdonnell was left frustrated after his three-round No Contest against Panamabased Venezuelan Liborio Solis, whom he had beaten on a contested 12-round verdict here a year ago.
Early in the session Jamie planted his foot in ring centre and bent over his shorter challenger, who was charging in head high; the result was a cut on Jamie’s left eyebrow and Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon called the doctor, who allowed the fight to continue.
Solis scored with a neat right but a second doctor’s inspection took a little longer before the fighters started again. Wild exchanges ensued before the doctor called a halt and Pabon stopped the fight at 2-45.
As we had not reached the end of round four, it had to be a No Contest. A pity, as Solis had made weight easily and Mcdonnell had taken the lead, charging his challenger in a promising second
In an eliminator for the WBA featherweight strap, Scott Quigg sometimes had to take sustained attacks from six to 10 blows from seasoned Ukrainian Oleg Yefimovych, notably in the third session.
But if the Bury man answered with only two blows, those were much more efficient – and when Scott realised Oleg could not hurt him, he opened up with heavy rights to the head. Quigg continued his demolishing project by going to the body and the Ukrainian was eventually saved from punishment by ref Pabon after 50 seconds of round six. He complained, but trainer Andrei Sinepupov knew it was the right decision.
Freddie Roach, Quigg’s trainer, stayed in the US to assist Canadian MMA superstar Georges St Pierre.
Dereck Chisora failed to regain the European heavyweight title when outpointed on a majority decision by Germany’s Agit Kabayel. Judge Ventsislav Nikolov had them level at 114-114, but Francisco Alloza Rosa (115-113) and Smail Alitouche (114-113) both scored for the champion. Belgium’s Daniel Van De Wiele refereed.
“I thought Chisora won,” said Takam, while this reporter had one point in favour of the Finchley man.
Dereck was the brawler and Essenbased Agit the tactician. In round two Chisora subdued Kabayel with vicious combinations including one of a splendid left hook, right uppercut.
In round three Chisora showed experience when he clinched then scored neatly with a left hook late in the session. The backpedalling champion demonstrated ability when he opened up with pure left-rights, but he did this too rarely. He also landed on the move, which rendered him less efficient.
From round six onwards, the capacity crowd was all shouts as Kabayel began the session with a splendid right uppercut. Yet from the 10th, I thought Kabayel had to win all the rounds to keep his crown. Chisora was tired but clever enough to be the aggressor, scoring with a right-left-right in the 11th. Kabayel dominated the last, proving that he could possibly have worked harder earlier - but the man of Turkish origin is young (26), gifted, courageous, can take a punch and will surely be a solid hitter when he’s gained confidence and experience. He can be fast and a good tactician.
Trainer Adam Booth brought Brighton’s exciting super-lightweight Harlem Eubank to the show for a fight against Aboubeker Bechelaghem that was cut from six rounds to four.
Bechelaghem, from Blagnac, was no pushover. Trained by Mohammed Benama, who guided world champion Mahyar Monshipour, he protected himself well and connected with fewer but effective blows.
Cool Harlem landed several combinations but looked like a kid when pressed on the ropes. It ended in a split decision for Eubank who, to the despair of his opponent, was raised on Benama’s shoulder at fight’s end.
THE VERDICT- Bivol announces himself as a major player in the 175lb division.
‘MY PREFERRED FIGHTER IS SUGAR RAY LEONARD BUT I HAVE MY OWN STYLE’
NOT WASTING TIME: Bivol [left] makes room for his right - the hand that will finish the fight in the opening round
CUT SHORT: Blood pours from Mcdonnell following head clash
GROUND ‘EM DOWN: The relentless Quigg forces Yefimovych back