|Real name||Dmitry Yuryevich Bivol|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Born||18 December 1990|
Tokmak, Kyrgyz SSR,
(now Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan)
|Wins by KO||11|
Dmitry Yuryevich Bivol (BEE-vol, Russian: Дмитрий Юрьевич Бивол; born 18 December 1990) is a Russian professional boxer who has held the WBA light-heavyweight title since 2017. As an amateur, he won a gold medal at the 2013 World Combat Games in the 81 kg weight category. As of June 2020, Bivol is ranked as the world's best active light-heavyweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and third by BoxRec and The Ring.
Early life and amateur career
Bivol was born in Soviet Kyrgyzstan to a Moldovan father and an ethnic Korean mother. He took up boxing at the age of 6. Aged 11 he moved to Russia, where he eventually settled. Bivol was a decorated amateur, winning 2 world championships at the junior (U-17) level, as well as a bronze medal at the 2008 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in the middleweight division. Bivol won the Russian national amateur boxing championships in 2012 and 2014, as a light heavyweight. His record as an amateur is 268–15.
Bivol made his professional debut in November 2014. He won his first 6 fights by knockout. Bivol sparred with Egor Mekhontsev, Jean Pascal, and Vyacheslav Shabranskyy early in his career. Bivol lives in St. Petersburg but trains in Southern California.
Interim WBA light-heavyweight champion
Bivol won the interim WBA light-heavyweight title on 21 May 2016, beating previously undefeated Felix Valera by unanimous decision (119-107, 119-107, 116-111). Bivol dominated Valera, dropping him twice with combinations. At the time, the WBA had three different world titles, with Bivol holding the lesser version of them. Bivol's first defense came against Robert Berridge on 23 February 2017. Bivol easily overcame Berridge, pummeling him over 4 rounds before a technical knockout stoppage. Berridge was knocked down in round 3. At the start of round 4, Bivol opened a cut over Berridge's right eye. Following another knockdown and with Berridge bleeding profusely, the ringside doctor stopped the fight. Bivol then defended his title against Samuel Clarkson on 14 April 2017. The fight headlined a ShoBox show at the MGM National Harbor in Maryland. Bivol once again won in dominant fashion, knocking Clarkson down twice in the first round, before dropping him once more with a short right hand midway through round 4. Although Clarkson got up, the referee stopped the fight, giving Bivol a TKO win.
Bivol sought to face WBA (Regular) champion Nathan Cleverly following his win over Clarkson. He appeared on the undercard of Ward-Kovalev II, in a non-title bout against Cedric Agnew. Agnew had previously lost to Clarkson. Bivol once again won quickly and emphatically, getting a 4th-round TKO for the third consecutive time. Agnew was dropped in the first round.
WBA light-heavyweight champion
As interim champion, Bivol was Cleverly's mandatory challenger, but the WBA granted Cleverly an exception for him to face Badou Jack. After Jack defeated Cleverly, the WBA ordered a Jack-Bivol purse bid. However, following WBA (Super) and unified champion Andre Ward's retirement, Jack decided to vacate his title, presumably to pursue one of the other vacant titles previously held by Ward.
Bivol vs. Broadhurst
With the WBA's other two titles being vacated, interim champion Bivol was elevated to full champion. He was scheduled to fight Trent Broadhurst on an optional defense on 4 November 2017 at the Salle des Etoiles. As interim champion, Dmitry Bivol was ranked #1 by the WBA when the fight was announced, while Broadhurst was ranked #11. The announcement was met with incredulity by the media, due to many fighters ranked above Broadhurst being available. The WBA's #2 contender, Sullivan Barrera, took to Twitter to express his displeasure at being overlooked. The WBA's president, Gilberto Mendoza, later clarified that the winner of the bout will be ordered to fight the WBA's top contender within 120 days. Bivol won the fight by knockout with a clean right-handed shot at the end of the first round. The live broadcast of the fight averaged 341,000 viewers on HBO, while a same-day replay averaged 289,000 viewers.
Bivol vs. Barrera
Next Bivol faced the toughest test of his career on 3 March 2018 and dominated Sullivan Barrera (21-2, 14 KO) and stopped him in the 12th and final round. Bivol was able to outbox and out-punch Barrera throughout the fight, then exploded suddenly with a massive right hand that put the Cuban down halfway into the final frame. Barrera did get up, but referee Harvey Dock stopped the fight for the TKO at 1:41. Bivol received a cut over his right eye early in the bout, and a haematoma that developed over his left eye as the fight went on. Both came from accidental clashes of heads. The fight was part of a doubleheader which saw Sergey Kovalev successfully defend his WBO title against Igor Mikhalkin. The card was confirmed in December 2017. After the fight, Bivol said through a translator, “I felt a little bit like an amateur tonight, it was a really great opponent. Barrera showed me a lot of things tonight, and I have to work on a lot of things. Thanks, Sullivan. I was a little bit reserved. I was thinking how much I need to go the rest of the fight, but in the 12th round, I knew I could knock him out. I stepped on the gas, and the knockout came.”
Bivol landed 243 of 778 (31%) of his punches, including 146 of 378 (39%) power shots, compared to just 75 of 606 (12%) for Barrera, who landed 65 of 273 (24%) of his power punches. Barrera, who has a solid jab, was also completely out-jabbed, landing just 10 of 333 (3%), compared to 97 of 400 (24%) for Bivol. The fight averaged 512,000 viewers, peaking at 570,000 viewers, on HBO.
Bivol vs. Chilemba
On 6 June 2018, Main Events announced that Bivol would make a defence against 31-year-old, longtime contender Isaac Chilemba (25-5-2, 10 KOs) on 4 August at the Etess Arena in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Bivol was happy he had the chance to fight a tough challenger, "I am glad that my next opponent will be a tough and well-known boxer in Chilemba. I will do my best to put on another exciting performance for all my fans." The fight would be a co-feature to Sergey Kovalev defending his WBO title against Eleider Álvarez. The idea of having both Bivol and Kovalev on the same card was part of a plan to have them face off in the fall of 2018 in a unification bout, however both had to come out victorious in their respected bouts.
In front of a sold-out crowd of 5,642, Bivol handed Chilemba his sixth career defeat by defeating him via a twelve-round unanimous decision, retaining his WBA title. The three judges scored the bout 120–108, 120–108, and 116–112 for Bivol. Other media outlets including ESPN also scored it a shutout win for Bivol. Bivol landed the harder and cleaner shots throughout the fight. Chilemba landed some nice punches, but not enough to take the rounds. Chilemba used his size to his advantage. Bivol appeared to hurt his right hand as he hardly used it after the first six rounds. Bivol appeared to have hurt his right hand early on. To many viewers, Bivol's right hand gave him a bit of aching after the early rounds. Chilemba showed a great chin in absorbing Bivol's best punches in the first six rounds. Bivol displayed his defensive skills as he blocked many of Chilemba's punches. The punch Chilemba landed the most was a jab. After the fight, Bivol said, "Chilemba is a good fighter and he had champion spirit tonight. He is a strong fighter. I want to fight more good fighters. I don't know who my next opponent will be." Bivol described Chilemba as an awkward fighter. Chilemba believed he dominated the fight after round 6 and should have won the fight. According to CompuBox, Bivol landed 154 of 447 punches thrown (35%) and Chilemba landed 73 of his 472 thrown (16%). The fight, which took place on HBO, averaged 583,000 viewers and hit a peak of 632,000 viewers.
In the main event, Álvarez knocked out Kovalev to claim the WBO title, putting a dent in Bivol's plan to fight Kovalev in the fall.
Bivol vs. Pascal
Weeks after defeating Chilemba, Bivol's manager, Vadim Kornilov, revealed Bivol would likely return to the ring in December 2018. With the other light heavyweight titleholders already scheduled to make defences, Kornilov stated, "We're trying to get the biggest name we can to get Dmitry more exposure fighting top guys." In September, there were rumours circulating that Bivol would defend his title against Joe Smith Jr. in December. A month later, TVA Sports and The Montreal Journal reported that former unified champion Jean Pascal (33-5-1, 20 KOs) was in talks to fight Bivol on 24 November 2018. The news came after it was also reported that Smith was reportedly closing in on signing a deal to fight IBF champion Artur Beterbiev in December. Pascal was one of the frontrunners to fight Bivol in August 2018. Only a few hours later, the fight was announced to take place on HBO at the Etess Arena in Atlantic City. Before talks emerged, Pascal was originally scheduled to fight Canadian cruiserweight champion Gary Kopas in Canada on 9 November, however the fight was cancelled in early October after Pascal needed time to attend his father's funeral.
Professional boxing record
|17 fights||17 wins||0 losses|
|17||Win||17–0||Gilbert Lenin Castillo||UD||12||12 Oct 2019||Wintrust Arena, Chicago, Illinois, US||Retained WBA (Super) light-heavyweight title|
|16||Win||16–0||Joe Smith Jr.||UD||12||9 Mar 2019||Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York, US||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title|
|15||Win||15–0||Jean Pascal||UD||12||24 Nov 2018||Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title|
|14||Win||14–0||Isaac Chilemba||UD||12||4 Aug 2018||Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title|
|13||Win||13–0||Sullivan Barrera||TKO||12 (12), 1:41||3 Mar 2018||The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title|
|12||Win||12–0||Trent Broadhurst||KO||1 (12), 3:00||4 Nov 2017||Casino e Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo, Monaco||Retained WBA light-heavyweight title|
|11||Win||11–0||Cedric Agnew||TKO||4 (10), 1:27||17 Jun 2017||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, US|
|10||Win||10–0||Samuel Clarkson||TKO||4 (12), 1:40||14 Apr 2017||MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, US||Retained WBA interim light-heavyweight title|
|9||Win||9–0||Robert Berridge||TKO||4 (12), 0:47||23 Feb 2017||Nizhny Tagil Forum, Nizhny Tagil, Russia||Retained WBA interim light-heavyweight title|
|8||Win||8–0||Yevgeni Makhteienko||UD||10||29 Oct 2016||Ekaterinburg Arena, Ekaterinburg, Russia|
|7||Win||7–0||Felix Valera||UD||12||21 May 2016||Khodynka Ice Palace, Moscow, Russia||Won WBA interim light-heavyweight title|
|6||Win||6–0||Cleiton Conceição||KO||4 (10), 2:24||18 Feb 2016||The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California, US|
|5||Win||5–0||Jackson Junior||TKO||4 (10), 1:59||4 Nov 2015||TatNeft Arena, Kazan, Russia||Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental light-heavyweight title|
|4||Win||4–0||Felipe Romero||KO||8 (8), 2:38||27 Aug 2015||The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California, US||Won vacant WBC–USNBC Silver light-heavyweight title|
|3||Win||3–0||Joey Vegas||KO||4 (8), 1:10||22 May 2015||Luzhniki Palace of Sports, Moscow, Russia|
|2||Win||2–0||Konstantin Piternov||TKO||3 (6), 1:12||10 Apr 2015||Luzhniki Palace of Sports, Moscow, Russia|
|1||Win||1–0||Jorge Rodriguez Olivera||TKO||6 (6), 1:44||28 Nov 2014||Luzhniki Palace of Sports, Moscow, Russia|
- HBO World Championship Boxing tale of the tape prior to the Isaac Chilemba fight.
- "Boxer Ball battles to world silver medal in Russia - October 25 2013".
- "Dmitry Kudryashov, Rakhim Chakhkiev, Dmitry Bivol Win". Retrieved 2016-05-21.
- "WBA president Gilberto Mendoza has clarified his organization's light heavyweight title world situation. There were three titleholders – a situation Mendoza is in the process of changing to get down to one titlist per weight class -- in super champion Andre Ward, regular champion Badou Jack and interim titlist Dmitry Bivol. Ward has retired and Jack vacated, getting rid of two of the belts. That leaves only Bivol. Mendoza told ESPN that Russia's Bivol (11-0, 9 KOs) will be elevated to the full titleholder. His fight against Australia's Trent Broadhurst (20-1, 12 KOs) on Nov. 4 (HBO) in Monte Carlo will be an optional defense. The winner of the bout will be ordered to face the organization's leading available contender within 120 days". ESPN.com. 2017-10-11. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
- "Bivol vs Broadhurst results: Dmitry Bivol knocks out Trent Broadhurst in first round". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
- "Kovalev-Mikhalkin, Bivol-Barrera Doubleheader Finalized, March 3". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
- "Dmitry Bivol Drops, Stops Sullivan Barrera in The Twelfth". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
- "Photos: Dmitry Bivol Knocks Sullivan Barrera Out in Twelfth". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
- "Kovalev defeats Mikhalkin via 7th-round TKO". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
- "Kovalev-Mikhalkin Watched by Peak Audience of 674,000 on HBO". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
- "Bivol to defend world title vs. Chilemba". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
- "Dmitry Bivol vs. Isaac Chilemba is Finalized For Kovalev-Alvarez". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
- "HBO Results: Dmitry Bivol dominates Isaac Chilemba to retain light heavyweight title". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
- "Dmitry Bivol Tested, Decisions a Game Isaac Chilemba". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
- "Dominant but dull title defense by Dmitry Bivol". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
- "Chilemba: I Won Every Round From 5th On, I Want Bivol Rematch". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
- "Kovalev-Alvarez HBO Doubleheader Peaked at 813,000 Viewers". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
- "'Storm' sighting: Alvarez stuns Kovalev in 7th". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
- "Dmitry Bivol To Return in December, Says Manager". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
- "Bivol to defend title vs. Pascal in Atlantic City". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
- "Dmitry Bivol vs. Jean Pascal in Play For November 24". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
- "Dmitry Bivol vs. Jean Pascal is Confirmed For November 24, HBO". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
|Regional boxing titles|
|New title|| WBC–USNBC Silver
27 August 2015 – December 2015
Title last held byMirco Ricci
| WBA Inter-Continental
4 November 2015 – March 2016
Title next held byEnrico Kölling
|World boxing titles|
| WBA light-heavyweight champion
21 May 2016 – 23 September 2017
Title next held byMarcus Browne
| WBA light-heavyweight champion
23 September 2017 – 10 October 2019
as Regular champion
promoted from interim status
Title last held byAndre Ward
as Undisputed champion
| WBA light-heavyweight champion
10 October 2019 – present