The light heavyweight division has been in a bit of disarray, with no recognizable king of the division since Andre Ward Walked away about 16-months ago. The division is certainly not without talent. Its a talent-heavy and loaded division. Krusher Kovalev looked like he was on track to grab hold of the division but got upset by Eleider Alvarez. Superman Stevenson is the longest reigning champ with a very impressive resume, however, he had to settle for a draw with Badu Jack and is 41 and clearly, his best days are behind him. Artur Beterbiev has beaten nobody of note and his best win is a get off the canvas comeback against Callum Johnson However WBA Champ Dmitry Bivol took a step forward in cementing his position as the best light heavy in the world in taking apart former world champ and fan favorite Jean Pascal and capturing the prestigious 3DBoxing Fighter Of The Week award.
It was a very workmanlike performance by Bivol. If not spectacular it was dominant, at no point was Pascal, a former world champion competitive or a threat to Bivol. Bivol used Pascal’s face as target practice landing right hands at will while forcing Pascal into retreat rendering him unable to let his hands go and return fire at all. Pascal throws almost no punches and when he did he immediately paid a high price so opted mostly to keep his hands in his pockets. Bivol controlled the action and appeared to have Pascal in trouble several times throughout the fight, having many moments with his right hand and snappy power, however, the Canadian’s chin proved durable and Bivol seemed to respect that power of the Canadian and never went for the kill as he did against Barrera. Instead of settling for a lopsided points victory. The official scorecards were 119-109 x2 and 117-111, the punch stat numbers also verified the one-sidedness of the affair According to CompuBox punch statistics, Bivol landed 217 of 678 total punches, while Pascal connected with only 60 of 357 shots a miserable 17%
The 175-pound division is loaded with solid fighters with very little separation amongst the divisions most elite top. The best need to fight the best and settle things in the ring and let the best emerge organically. Bivol has added Pascal to his resume which already contained the likes of Barrera and Chilemba, the Russian has clearly proven he is light years above the sort of B-level fighters he has dismantled and needs to step up the level of opposition, Fortunately for the WBA champ he is with Main Events who is no longer obligated to or tied to HBO and he can seek big fights with other promotional outfits on other promotional networks. In addition, Bivol has expressed an interest and willingness to go to the Super Middleweight division and fight the top names there. Meaning guys like Callum Smit, Gilberto Ramirez, and David Benavidez could all be potential opponents in addition to any of the top light heavies.