BIVOL LIGHTS UP MONACO

Rus­sian’s mis­siles strike down Aussie Broad­hurst

Boxing News - - Action - Thierry Cham­be­fort

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

round.

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’

Pho­tos: LAWRENCE LUSTIG/ MATCH­ROOM

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

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