Russian Dmitry Bivol won a loose unanimous decision to his compatriot Umar Salamov to make the eighth successful defense of the light heavyweight world championship of the AMB, on Saturday in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
The triumph of Bivol it was loose, with cards in his favor of 119-109, 118-110 and 118-109, although it could well have been a shutout due to the extensive dominance that the champion achieved over his challenger.
Salamov, which was ahead of Bivol by more than 10 centimeters, both in height and in scope, he was ranked tenth by the AMB in the category, and third for the OMB, with only one defeat on their record, recorded in 2017. However, Salamov it offered very little complication to the champion.
Dmitry Bivol it deployed the full extent of its resources. He started the fight by striking back on the long jab of Salamov, that every time he threw his hand, Bivol He took it off, nodding to the side and responding with expressiveness and clarity. Thus it was progressively undermining Salamov, who from the third round stopped being competitive.
In the third quarter of the fight, Bivol he began to stand more in the center of the ring, to become no longer the counter-puncher, but the clear aggressor. It matched variety, explosiveness, and precision. And there it seemed that he would knock out a Salamov who was already getting everything. Umar responded at times with strong hands, but what Bivol assimilated without question.
But in that aggressive phase, Bivol He didn’t want to go for the knockout. When arrest seemed imminent, Bivol He took his foot off the gas, and revealed one more facet, that of the boxer. He began to move around the ring, biting and coming out, taking the end of the fight on automatic pilot, without going through complications.
The judges recognized the breadth of the triumph. Y Dmitry Bivol He was confirmed as one of the clear protagonists at 175 pounds. He increased his record to 19 wins, no losses, with 11 knockouts. But above all Bivol He showed that he is a very complete fighter.
Dmitry Bivol’s breadth of skills
He is small for the division, but he uses that to his advantage, with speed of hands and agility of movements. He is not afraid of exchange, even when almost all rivals have an advantage in physical, he knows how to be the aggressor and combine with confidence and authority. And he knows how to move around the ring, when it is necessary to box. Bivol has many ways to win a fight.
Immediately, the possibility of a fight between Bivol and the mexican Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez, who has vehemently asked the Russian to fight. Faced with the impossibility of making a big fight, both Bivol What Ramirez they have had to go around the bush, fighting marginal fighters in the category. For the same reason, it is time for both of them to face each other. More when the rival that everyone seeks, and whom everyone expects, Saúl “Canelo” ÁlvarezHe seems determined to seek other challenges at 200 pounds.