Bivol vs Richards: Reaction from fans, experts; Highlights
Undefeated WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (18-0, 11 KOs) successfully defended his title via twelve round unanimous decision over Craig Richards (16-2-1, 9 KOs) at the AO Arena in Manchester, England.
It was a tactical contest as Richards proved to be a game opponent. He was good, but Bivol proved to be more accurate and effective.
Scores were 118-110, 115-113, 115-114.
- Since being 13-0, 11 KO, Bivol's how his last 5 fights via decision
- This bout was Bivol's first since October 2019
- Bivol is ranked as the No. 3 light heavyweight bt BoxRec; Sergey Kovalev and Artur Beterbiev are rated No.1 and 2, respectively.
- Richards entered this fight 6-0-1 in his last seven bouts and since his UD loss to Frank Buglioni in 2017.
"Bivol stepped on the gas in the sixth and seventh, as he was connecting more often and with harder punches," BoxingScene.com staff stated.
"More of the same in the eight and ninth, with Bivol having the edge in a boxing match. In the tenth, once again Richards landed a good shot and once again Bivol fired back with an arsenal of shots."
"Richards was game and in the fight, as they fought on even terms in the eleventh. Bivol was picking his punches well and setting up traps in the closing moments. It was more of the same, for the most part, in the twelfth and final round."
Here's how other fans and experts reacted to Bivol vs Richards.
Dmitry Bivol retains his WBA light-heavyweight title when he outscores the inspired Craig Richards. The challenger boxed very well and was often busier but the accuracy of Bivol proved decisive. The scores were 118-110, 115-113 and 115-114. pic.twitter.com/Nd8Jkf9qTf— Boxing News (@BoxingNewsED) May 1, 2021
NEW Post-Fight Reaction video:— Broken Nose Chris ? (@BrokenNoseChris) May 1, 2021
Down came the rain and... | Dmitry Bivol beats Craig 'Spider' Richards | Post-Fight Reaction ?
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Is it me or did Bivol not throw any body shots? Outboxed him on the outside controlling the distance superbly and demonstrating a great jab. Perhaps he doesn’t like it on the inside ? #BivolRichards— RICO Boxing (@RICO_Boxing1) May 1, 2021
DUDE NEEDS TO REALLY FIND HIS KILLER INSTINCT!#WBA 175lbs champ #DmitryBivol defends his title BUT is still missing something that could keep him from getting the BIG fights he seeks!https://t.co/gH6TegAdNy#boxing #boxingnews #3kingsboxing #ChisoraParker #BivolRichards— 3Kings Boxing (@3KingsBoxing) May 1, 2021