Dmitry Bivol once again proved why he’s such a dangerman at 175 pounds as the Russian bruiser dominated his latest challenger.
WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Bivol, (17-0, 11 KOs), beat up Dominican challenger Lenin Castillo, (20-3-1, 15 KOs), over 12 rounds.
Bivol scored a unanimous decision at Chicago’s Wintrust Arena on Saturday night.
Controlling the action from the opening bell behind a piston-like jab and heavy-handed counter right hands, the 28-year-old Bivol displayed his full arsenal throughout the first five rounds.
Dropping Castillo with a perfect right hand to the jaw in the sixth round, the Russian would continue his onslaught impressing the massive crowd in the venue.
After the bout, Bivol was happy with his night’s work.
“First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who supports me and watched the fight. Who wants to fight me? Maybe there are people who say, ‘You are a boring fighter,’ or something like this. But I try to win and I won. Who wants to try to beat me, I’m ready for all comers?
“If I lost today it would be bad but I won and I kept my belt. I saw his fights before. He is really good at counter attacking. All five rounds before that, I tried to land that punch.
“It gets me closer to my dream which is to fight for another belt. I want to fight the winner of Gvozdyk-Beterbiev or Canelo-Kovalev.
“I can fight them now because I won today. Why can’t I get the winner of Gvozdyk-Beterbiev? We are in the same division.”
Manager Vadim Kornilov stated: “This was a very good performance by Dmitry against an awkward opponent who didn’t want to engage.
“But Dmitry showed all the skills that he has that puts him at the top of the division.
“Next, we want to fight for the other world titles in the division, whoever comes away with the titles in the other two bouts in November, that’s who we will target.
“We can’t wait to fight someone who will come and try to actually win and engage.
“Once the unifications happen, excitement will come because both guys will do everything to win.”