Dmitry Bivol laid down a marker to the light-heavyweight division with a 1st round knockout of Trent Broadhurst, defending his WBA world title in the process. The auditorium at the Casino De Monte-Carlo was stunned into silence following the devastating right hand which landed flush on Broadhurst, just as the bell was about to ring to end the first round. Immediately official in charge Howard Foster waved off the contest as Broadhurst laid in discomfort to be seen to by the medical staff in the venue. After a brief period Broadhurst rose to feet and seemed visibly shook but mobile.
A lot of expectation surrounded the Russian Bivol leading into his first title defence, HBO & Sky Sports coverage with HBO purposely show casing him live in the United States. Bivol was elevated to World Champion status following the retirement of Andre Ward and Badou Jack vacating the WBA crown he won from Nathan Cleverly.
Bivol started the fight in calculated fashion leading with the jab to push back the Australian Broadhurst, with Broadhurst attempting to leading with his jab also. Inside the second minute of the fight a tangle of feet or shoulder push sent Broadhurst to the floor but was ruled as a knockdown by Foster, which seemed harsh to call. Once the eight count was finished, Bivol continued his measured start leading off the job whilst covering effectively from Broadhurst’s combinations.
As the bell was about to strike, following good work by Bivol to back Broadhurst towards the ropes, fired the first right hand sending Broadhurst heavily to the canvas where he remained for worrying period.
Eyes will now be fixed on possible match up ‘s with Sullivan Barrera, Sean Monaghan and Eleider Alvarez, which have all been touted for recently.
Bivol v Broadhurst headlined the annual Monte-Carlo Boxing Bonanza which for the second year running was promoted by Eddie Hearn for Matchroom Boxing.