Photos: Dmitry Bivol Has Tougher Than Expected Win Over Pascal

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Russia’s Dmitry Bivol retained his WBA light heavyweight crown with a unanimous decision over Canada’s Jean Pascal at the Hard Rock Hotel in Atlantic City on Saturday. (photos by Ed Mulholland).

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The 27-year-old Bivol cruised to victory in the third defense of his title as he won almost every round against the heavy underdog Pascal. Two judges scored it 119-109 and the other had it 117-111 in favor of Bivol.

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Bivol landed a hard right hand in the fourth round to the side of Pascal’s head which wobbled the challenger. Bivol kept up the attack throughout and landed a total of 217 punches to just 60 for Pascal.

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He had Pascal backpedaling through most of the fight and the only thing he didn’t do was get the knockout.

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“Every time you shoot for the knockout but sometimes you can’t. But I showed my boxing skills,” said Bivol who improved to 15-0 with 11 KOs.

The 36-year-old Pascal has been in the ring with some of the best in his 13-year boxing career.

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But he looked rusty in his first serious fight since losing a decision to Canelo Alvarez in June 2017.

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In his most recent fight in July he knocked out a former minor league hockey player, Steve Bosse, in the eighth round of a novelty bout.

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