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Bivol outboxes Castillo-wants unification next

Despite Objections WBA Will Sanction Canelo-Dimitry Bivol Bout


Bivol outboxes Castillo-wants unification next

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Bivol outboxes Castillo-wants unification next

It wasn’t the most exciting fight but WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol got the job done in his latest title defense against Lenin Castillo Saturday night in Chicago. Bivol’s latest title defense was the co-main event leading up to Usyk’s heavyweight debut against Chazz Witherspoon.

In the contest, The official judges saw it 120-107 and 119-108 twice in what was a dominant boxing display from Bivol.  Bivol encountered some resistance in the 8th round as Castillo was finally able to land sound decent shots up against the ropes but outside of that round, Bivol dropped him in the sixth and the others were just outmatched.

After the fight, Bivol was thankful for the win and was asking who was next.

“First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who supports me and watched the fight. Maybe there are people who say, ‘You are a boring fighter,’ or something like this. But I try to win and I won. Who wants to fight me? Who wants to try to beat me?,” Bivol said.

“I saw his fights before. He is really good at counter-attacking. All five rounds before that, I tried to land that punch [that knocked him down]. If I lost today it would be bad but I won and I kept my belt. It gets me closer to my dream which is to fight for another belt.”

Bivol hinted that he wanted a unification bout afterward. He would like the winner of this coming Friday’s WBC, IBF unification between Artur Beterbiev and Oleksandr Gvozdyk or the winner of the upcoming WBO title fight, between Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev, which takes place on November 2.

“I want fight the winner of Gvozdyk-Beterbiev or Canelo-Kovalev. I can fight them now because I won today. Why can’t I get the winner of Gvozdyk-Beterbiev? We are in the same division,” Bivol said.

We’ll see who is next for Bivol after the unification bout in Philadephia as surely the winner would want another chance to pick up another belt immediately next.

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Marquis Johns is a unknown humorist and avid boxing fan. His love for the sweet science goes back to when matches were 15 rounds and has been covering fights since closed-circuit pay-per-views. Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth is not only a quote by Mike Tyson, it's also a pretty good reminder to keep your guard up.

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