Underdog Trent Broadhurst (20-1, 12 KOs) believes he’s got what it takes to upset WBA World light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (11-0, 9 KOs) in his first defense of his title this Saturday night on November 4 on HBO Boxing After Dark from the Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo.
The 29-year-old Australian Broadhurst believes he’s got the talent to defeat Bivol on Saturday. The two fighters share a common opponent in Robert Berridge. While Broadhurst was stopped in the 5th round by Berridge on October 28, 2011, Bivol stopped him in the 4th round earlier this year on February 23.
“I have watched a lot of Bivol especially his last two fights,” said Broadhurst to Fight News. ”We both fought Robert Berridge but I don’t take much from that fight because I’m a totally different fighter today.”
#10 WBA Broadhurst did not do well at all against Berridge, but like he says, the fight took place in the past and he’s a much different fighter now than he was back then when the two of them fought each other. The problem that Broadhurst has is he’s been fighting very weak opposition since his loss to Berridge. It’s difficult to say for sure whether Broadhurst has improved or not based on the level of his opposition in the last 6 years.
At some point, Broadhurst should have pushed his promoters to match him against better opposition so that he could improve, and get pushed up the rankings a lot quicker. Broadhurst is about to turn 30, and he’s been boxing for 7 years as a pro without getting a world title shot until now.
This is a voluntary defense for Bivol, who started his career out just 3 years ago in 2014. Bivol is a great example of how quickly a fighter’s career can move if he’s matched against the right type of opposition.
“This is a big opportunity. Dimtry Bivol is a great fighter but as you seen what Jeff Horn did against Manny Pacquiao anything is possible,” said Broadhurst. “I think the first six rounds against Bivol will be a tactical chess match. I’m very comfortable with that situation with any light heavyweight in the world. I don’t think Bivol has got one punch KO power but he has good distance control with good rangy long punches,” said Broadhurst.
Broadhurst must not have been watching Bivol’s recent fights if he believes he’s going to come out boxing him in the first 6 rounds. Bivol has been coming out quickly in his recent fights, looking to smash his opponents right away in a Golovkin-like manner. Bivol is a much more lethal fighter now compared to when he first began his career in 2014. He’s really sitting down on his punches a lot more now than he was back then.
Here are Bivol’s opponents and the results in his last 3 fights:
• Robert Berridge – TKO 4
• Samuel Clarkson – TKO 3
• Cedric Agnew – TKO 4
You can argue that all 3 of those light heavyweights would beat Broadhurst. Bivol is so much better than Broadhurst right now in this writer’s opinion. I don’t think it’s going to be much of a fight to be honest.