By Rich Cheney: In his first defense of his WBA light heavyweight title last Saturday night, champion Dmitry Bivol (12-0, 10 KOs) turned away challenger Trent Broadhurst (20-2, 12 KOs) in stopping him in the final second of round 1 at the Casino De Monte Carlo in Monaco.
Bivol, 26, landed a right hand that put Broadhurst down hard on the canvas. There was no way Broadhurst was going to get up from that shot.
Before the knockout, Bivol was given credit for a knockdown in which he bumped into Broadhurst. The referee Howard John Foster looked like he was partially shielded from the view, and he made a mistake that a lot of referees would have made if they were in a similar position.
“Maybe the best punch of my career,” said Bivol. “I like my right hand. It’s very strong. I was 95 percent sure that the fight was over because it landed clean and it felt like a strong punch. Everyone wants to see knockouts. Every boxer needs to think they’re the best in the word. I hope one day that I can be the best pound-for-pound one day. The WBA have said that that I have to fight the winner of (Sullivan Barrera vs. Felix Valera on Nov. 25) and I am ready for that mandatory defense. I believe I can (beat Barrera). Every time I go into the ring, I believe that I’ll be the same way.”
Speaking of Sullivan Barrera, Bivol will be fighting him next if he wins his fight this month against Felix Valera on November 25. You would have to favor Bivol at this point to beat Barrera. Bivol already beat Valera, so that’s no big deal if he’s the one he has to face in defending his title in his next fight.