•   
  •   
  •   

Sport Dmitry Bivol gets past Craig Richards to retain title

23:30  01 may  2021
23:30  01 may  2021 Source:   boxingjunkie.com

Craig Richards says the pressure is all on Dmitry Bivol ahead of their world light-heavyweight title fight

  Craig Richards says the pressure is all on Dmitry Bivol ahead of their world light-heavyweight title fight The Croydon fighter is a big underdog against the unbeaten and hugely-avoided champ, but he wouldn't have it any other way. Richards (16-1-1, 9 KOs), has put together an impressive winning streak since his only professional loss to Frank Buglioni in 2017, last defeating rival Shakan Pitters in December to win the British light-heavy belt in an all-out war.

Dmitry Bivol was just good enough in his return to the ring after a 19-month hiatus.

a man in a boxing ring © Provided by Boxing Junkie

Bivol got off to a quick start and then held on to defeat first-time title challenger Craig Richards by a unanimous decision to retain his 175-pound belt on the Joseph Parker-Derek Chisora card Saturday in Manchester, England.

Bivol (18-0, 11 KOs) was pleased with his performance given the long layoff.

“It was tough for me” the Russian said in English. “He’s a smart boxer, he thinks all fight, he thinks [about] what he will do. But after 1½ years rest, I think it’s OK.

“It’s a normal performance for me.”

Chisora vs Parker: Live coverage, 1 pm ET

  Chisora vs Parker: Live coverage, 1 pm ET Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker headline a big card today from Manchester!We’ll be here with live coverage, including round-by-round for Chisora-Parker and Taylor-Jonas, plus highlights and fight-by-fight updates, all in this stream:

Bivol outworked Richards (16-2-1, 9 KOs) through about eight rounds, which gave him a lead on the scorecards. Then, around the ninth round, Richards began to fight with more urgency and climbed back into the fight.

The problem for the Londoner was that it was too late by that time. He couldn’t make up the lost ground.

The judges scored it 118-110, 115-113 and 115-114, all in favor of Bivol. Boxing Junkie had it 117-111 for Bivol, who landed many more clean shots than Richards did.

Bivol has expressed interest in unifying light heavyweight titles. However, fellow beltholders Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith Jr. are expected to fight one another.

Bivol also has suggested he might be willing to move down to 168 pounds, where he could target the winner of the May 8 Canelo Alvarez-Billy Joe Saunders fight.

Katie Taylor survives spirited effort from Natasha Jonas

  Katie Taylor survives spirited effort from Natasha Jonas Katie Taylor was fortunate to emerge with her lightweight titles on the Joseph Parker-Derek Chisora card Saturday in Manchester, England. The 2012 Olympic champion defeated a determined Natasha Jonas by a unanimous, but close decision -- 96-94, 96-95 and 96-95 --…The 2012 Olympic champion defeated a determined Natasha Jonas by a unanimous, but close decision — 96-94, 96-95 and 96-95 — in an entertaining 10-round fight.

“Whoever wants to fight me first,” he said, “I’m open to everyone.”

MORE:

Andy Ruiz Jr. has weighed less than 256 pounds 18 times in pro career

Sunny Edwards stuns Moruti Mthalane to win flyweight title

Andy Ruiz Jr. says he's reborn in first fight since loss to Anthony Joshua

Andy Ruiz Jr., Chris Arreola weigh-in results confirm hard work

Derek Chisora threatens to pull out of Joseph Parker fight over ring walk

Detroit police chief to challenge Whitmer for governorship in 2022: Report .
Detroit Police Chief James Craig will reportedly challenge Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in the state’s 2022’s gubernatorial race. © Provided by Washington Examiner Craig is expected to announce his retirement from the police department Monday and will detail his plans in a subsequent press conference, according to the Detroit News. The newspaper cited a source who said that Craig will not discuss his candidacy at the retirement announcement out of respect for Democratic Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

usr: 1
This is interesting!