Dmitry Bivol vs Sullivan Barrera

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Dmitry Bivol vs Sullivan Barrera
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Date: 
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Location: 
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
175
Titles at Stake: 
WBA Light Heavyweight World Title
Referee: 
Harvey Dock

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Fan Cards: Dmitry Bivol vs Sullivan Barrera


scorecard by THEALTERPLACE
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DMITRY BIVOL
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SULLIVAN BARRERA
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scorecard by THEICEMANJDOG
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DMITRY BIVOL
10
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110
SULLIVAN BARRERA
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scorecard by GOOSU
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DMITRY BIVOL
10
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110
SULLIVAN BARRERA
9
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99


scorecard by RUTHLESS-RKO
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DMITRY BIVOL
10
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110
SULLIVAN BARRERA
9
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99


scorecard by MJARSULIC
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DMITRY BIVOL
10
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110
SULLIVAN BARRERA
9
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99


scorecard by BOXING PURIST
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DMITRY BIVOL
10
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110
SULLIVAN BARRERA
9
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99


scorecard by ENDOFME1994
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DMITRY BIVOL
10
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110
SULLIVAN BARRERA
9
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99


scorecard by MIKE25
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DMITRY BIVOL
10
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10
10
10
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10
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10
10
110
SULLIVAN BARRERA
9
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99


scorecard by OASIS-OF-REASON
Round
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DMITRY BIVOL
10
10
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110
SULLIVAN BARRERA
9
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9
9
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99


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
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DMITRY BIVOL
10
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110
SULLIVAN BARRERA
9
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99


scorecard by ZAC.RJ
Round
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DMITRY BIVOL
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
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110
SULLIVAN BARRERA
9
9
9
9
9
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99


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
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DMITRY BIVOL
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
110
SULLIVAN BARRERA
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
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9
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9
99


scorecard by GOLD
Round
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DMITRY BIVOL
10
10
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10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
110
SULLIVAN BARRERA
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
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9
99


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

This is a good match up, definitely one to watch, it is an important fight.

Both these guys are highly rated, near the top of the 175 lb division.

Sullivan Barrera is a fighter who is very good, has won some tough fights, and has been in one major fight, an opportunity against Andre Ward, I think we should give Barrera credit for the fact that we all thought it was a poor performance from Ward, because it was not a walk in the park, but since the fight, Barrera has only won, and he has defeated Joe Smith Jr, a fighter who many believed would beat him, and this is one of four victories since the Ward defeat.

Dmitry Bivol is a hard hitting prospect with a great amateur background, he isn't very experienced yet as a professional, but he has had 12 fights, won them all, and in recent bouts, he has made statements, displayed his power, talent, and has asserted himself as at the very least, in the mix at the top of the weight class. Bivol has a lot to prove, he is untested, but, he stepping up now, at 27, at a good time, maybe the exact right time, he's fighting a guy who is a step up opponent, an opponent who could be a challenge, and he's taking an opportunity to prove himself on a higher level than he has before.

I think Bivol is already the best in his division, I think he swiftly followed by fellow Russians, Artur Beterbiev, and Sergey Kovalev. I think Bivol will win this fight, make a real statement.

Barrera shouldn't be written off, if he were to win, it wouldn't be first time he for him to cause an upset, he has a lot of skill, he is experienced, he's been active recently, he's still been winning continuously, he won't lose unless his opponent is a great fighter.

Bivol is 8 years younger than Barrera.
Bivol has stopped 10 in 12, he has established himself as a puncher, and Barrera, he doesn't take it so well on the chin, he has been dropped many times, in fact, although he has won most of them, he has been dropped once in each of four of his last five fights.
I think in terms of potential, raw talent, Bivol is a class above Barrera.
I think youth beats experience, but experience is very valuable, and at this current time, Barrera is the more experienced fighter, he has competed at a higher level, which makes this fight more interesting.

I think Bivol could easily take Barerra out in one round, he has the power to knock him out at any point. I think Barrera will be hurt as early as round one, if Bivol let's a good shot go, Barrera will struggle to soak it up. Interestingly, Bivol might possibly find himself in a spot of bother, because if he hurts Barrera, underestimates Barrera's knowledge of what you do when he is hurt, and how to make an aggressive opponent pay for any clumsiness. I think Bivol might get his own chin tested in this fight, we don't know how he will react if he takes a solid counter from Barerra, it will be interesting to see if Barrera can hurt Bivol, I certainly think he will have success, his experience will serve him well up to a point, he will win a round or two I think.

I think Barrera will be backed up, forced to move a lot in rounds 4-6, I think Bivol will be patient, sustain educated pressure, and whenever they exchange, Bivol will do more damage. I think at some point, mid fight, I'll say round 7, Bivol will let the shots go, show his offensive skill as well hurt Barrera, and he will stop his opponent, securing the best win of his career so far.

Champion97's picture

Tale of the tape

Bivol
Height: 183
Weighed in at: 174.4
Age: 27
Fights: 12
Wins; 12
Year of debut: 2014
Fights at 175: 9
Career heaviest weight: 180
Career lightest weight: 173
World title contests: 1
Unbeaten opponents: 1
Opponents with losing records: 0
Current activity rate (2016-present): 7
Knockdowns suffered in career: 0
KO percentage: 83

Barrera
Height: 188
Weighed in at: 173.6
Age: 35
Fights: 22
Wins: 21
Year of debut: 2009
Fights at 175: 10
Career heaviest weight: 202
Career lightest weight: 168
World title contests: 0
Unbeaten opponents: 4
Opponents of with losing records: 1
Current activity rate (2016-present): 5
Knockdowns suffered in career: 5
KO percentage: 64

Gold's picture

I think this is a good fight, and one that should be interesting given the contrasting styles. Certainly it is one that is important as well, given that the hierarchy at Light Heavyweight is not set by any means. I personally think this is a 75/25 fight for Bivol. I believe it is a bad stylistic matchup for Barrera, one that he will likely lose and to win would force him to be on top of his game for the full twelve rounds to win.

In terms of outside factors, the fight is in New York City at the Madison Square Garden Theatre. Barrera fought his last fight in NYC and Bivol has never fought in New York. I assume there will be fans supporting both fighters, Cuban fans supporting Barrera and fans who like the punishing punching style of Bivol supporting him. Neither of these guys are big A-side draws, so I don’t expect any outside factors to be relevant.

For Bivol, he is a hard guy to judge at this point in his career. He is 27 and 6’0, a good age and decent size for a Light Heavyweight. He has quite a good amateur background based in Russia, but only has twelve pro fights. Stylistically he wants to come forward and use his power punching to wear his opponents down. In his career thus far, he has faced two notable opponents, Felix Valera, who also fought Barrera, and Cedric Agnew, who was a former world title challenger. Bivol won the interim WBA title after he dropped Valera twice and won a wide decision. Bivol dropped and dominated Agnew before getting a fourth round TKO. After Andre Ward’s retirement, he was upgraded to the full WBA champion and defended his title versus Trent Broadhurst who he bombed out in the first round. I personally think Bivol is the real deal as a boxer puncher. He could use a little more polish to his game but that will likely come with experience.

For Barrera, I believe he is pretty set in stone at this point of his career. He is 36 years old at 6’2 with a 73 inch reach. He has good size for a Light Heavyweight, but he is certainly on the downside of his career given his age. He has a very good amateur background in the Cuban amateur system, most notably winning the Junior World Championships in 2000. He is a polished, skilled and experienced boxer who has been in the ring with and beat some notable opponents. At the contender level, he has beat Jeff Lacy, Karo Murat, Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, Joe Smith Jr. and most recently Felix Valera. During Andre Ward’s entry at Light Heavyweight in 2016, he faced Ward and lost a wide unanimous decision, but he certainly didn’t embarrass himself considering Ward is a Hall of Fame level boxer who arguably still had his most notable performances ahead of him. The biggest problem with Barrera is his tendency to brawl which has exposed his poor chin. He has been downed six times in his career and four times in his last five fights.

This seems to be a crossroads fight in terms of age, experience, and direction of their careers which historically tends to be a tough fight for the older fighter. I think for Barrera to win he is going to have to box extremely well and use his experience to stay away from the power of Bivol for twelve rounds. I don't think this will happen because Barrera has shown that he can be drawn into brawls which tends to expose his poor chin, and I believe that Bivol is the most powerful opponent he has faced thus far. I predict that Bivol is a good enough boxer that he will be able to pressure Barrera and eventually land a big shot that will finish Barrera.

Regardless of who wins this fight, they will likely fight Sergey Kovalev to unify the WBA and WBO Light Heavyweight Titles. This fight makes a lot of sense to make, it is in-house for Main Events, it is in demand, and the winner will be the clear cut best Light Heavyweight in the world. If Bivol loses, he has plenty of time to build himself back up to a title opportunity. He is young and one loss won’t ruin his career. If Barrera loses, I don’t think he will get another world title shot given his age, but perhaps his veteran craft will keep him relevant at the world contender level.

Champion58's picture

Bivol wins, not sure of by decision or KO.

Champion97's picture

What a fighter is Dmitry Bivol!
Bivol has the guts, the skill, and the talent to dominate the light heavyweight division, I think, even though he is still only 13-0, he is already the best at 175.
Barrera showed a lot of toughness there, I didn't expect him to tough that out for as long as he did, he should be proud of himself for that.

Bivol does the fundamentals so well, he's nimble, he can take a shot, and his hand speed is absolutely phenomenal, he has that timing, precision as well, Bivol has a great future in boxing.
I would like to see Bivol against one of the two other Russians at the top of the division, or the winner of Stevenson vs Jack.

Boxing Purist's picture

His career win so far, what a performance, that jab is a thing of beauty it's like a trip hammer snapping his opponents head back. Incredible hand speed for a LHW, but the foot speed is what I believe will take him to victory over the likes of Stevenson, Kovalev or Beteriev, so is a artist with his feet of getting himself in and out of range so quick, what a defensive weapon. The people on the forum I post on called him overrated after this win, and said Gvozdyk, Kovalev basically everyone in the discussion for tops of the division whips him, but I just don't see it. While it would be a exciting fight I just think Bivol makes Gvozdyk look even more limited then he did last night, now Kovalev with his heavy hands and lethal jab might be a little more tricky. But Kovalev doesn't take it to the body well, and one thing this fight didn't show is Bivol is a murderous body puncher, and usually commits to that attack. Given that Ward showed it to be the blueprint to stop Sergey, and Bivol hits harder than Ward, I think he would have to take that chance on the inside and unleash his body attack on Kovalev. I'd like to see Dmitry step up from Barrera straight away.