Bivol Beats Zurdo, Dirrell and Williams Return, Rakhimov Wins IBF

By Robert Brizel, Head Actual Fight Media Boxing Correspondent

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (November sixth, 2022)– This previous weekend, Friday, November 4, 2022, to Sunday, November 6, 2022, featured important motion packed ends in the boxing world. Within the main occasion of the weekend, World Boxing Affiliation Tremendous World Gentle Heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol, 21-0 with 11 knockouts, Indio, California, by the use of Kyrgyzstan, received a unanimous 12-round resolution over southpaw challenger and ex-super middleweight champion Gilberto’Zurdo’ Ramirez, 44-1 with 30 knockouts, Mazatlan, Mexico, to retain his title on the Matchroom DAZN card at Etihad Area, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Bivol (a candidate for Fighter of the 12 months after defeating Saul Alvarez and Ramirez, each distinguished tremendous middleweight champions trying to maneuver up in weight) used superior hand velocity to outwork Ramirez. Surprisingly, Ramirez tried to outbox Bivol, however the reverse resulted, with Bivol touchdown 131 of 643 punches thrown, a 20 p.c punches landed price. Ramirez landed 107 of 878 punches thrown, a 12 p.c success price. Bivollanded 64 jabs to 38 thrown by Zurdo, and Bivol landed 67 energy photographs to 69 landed by Ramirez. General, Bivol landed 29 p.c of his punches, to 21 p.c for Zurdo. It ought to stand to motive if Canelo couldn’t outbox Bivol on skill alone, neither may Ramirez. Bivol pressured Ramirez as a substitute of vice versa. If the sport plan doesn’t work, change the sport plan. Ramirez stopped his final 5 gentle heavyweight opponents at 175 kilos by making use of stress, after transferring up from 168 kilos/ Bivol landed way more jabs and proper hand leads than he ought to have. Zurdo received solely two or three rounds on the scorecards.

Within the preliminary bout to the primary occasion, the Freddie Roach skilled Shavkatdhzon Rakhimov, 17-0-1 with 13 knockouts, Los Angeles, California, by the use of Tajikistan, got here off the canvas in spherical three to attain a ninth-round stoppage of Zelfa ‘The Brown Flash’Barrett, 28-2 with 16 knockouts, Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom, and win the vacant Worldwide Boxing Federation World Tremendous Featherweight title. Rakhimov went headhunting for 3 rounds, and acquired dropped by a pinpoint Zelfa proper hook close to the tip of spherical three. Barrett fought the bout as a counterpuncher and was profitable going into spherical 9. Barrett appeared to have points along with his proper leg halfway into spherical 9, maybe a leg cramp or Charley horse which immediately hindered his mobility. Rakhimov instantly overpowered and dropped him. He acquired up, and unable to maneuver on the appropriate leg, opted to combat toe to toe with Rakhimov, earlier than getting dropped on his again for the second and ultimate time. Rakhimov will now defend his title towards 15-0 former IBF World champion Joe Cordina of Cardiff, Wales, who was stripped of the IBF title as a consequence of hand surgical procedure.

In one other Abu Dhabi undercard bout of main significance, Chantelle Cameron, 17-0 with eight knockouts, Northampton, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom, received a 10-round resolution, two-minute rounds, over Jessica McCaskill, 12-3 with 5 knockouts, Chicago, Illinois, to say the undisputed WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF and IBO World Feminine Tremendous Light-weight championship, unifying all 5 main belts.

In Sydney, Australia, ‘The Tremendous Samoan’, UFC veteran Mark Hunt, 1-2-1, age 48, Newcastle, Australia, skilled by David Tua, scored a fourth-round stoppage at 1:48 of rugby star turned boxer Sonny Boy Williams, 9-1 with 4 knockouts, Sydney, Australia, after dropping him in a heavyweight contest. Hunt was behind on all scorecards at time of this victory, mentioned by Hunt to be his ultimate ring look.

On the Armory in Minneapolis, Cuban southpaw David Morrell, 8-0 with seven knockouts, Minneapolis, Minnesota, knocked out Aidos Yerbossynuly, 16-1 with 11 knockouts, Las Vegas, Nevada, by the use of Kazakhstan, at 2:34 of the 12th and ultimate spherical, to retain the World Boxing Affiliation World Tremendous Middleweight title (common).

On the Armory undercard, former WBC and IBF World Tremendous Middleweight champion Andre Dirrell, 29-3, with 19 knockouts, Lake Price, Florida, scored a tenth-round knockout at 1:30 of Cuban Yunieski Gonzales, 29-5 with 17 knockouts, Miami, Florida. Each combatants are 37 years previous. Dirrell survived. Gonzalez didn’t.

Additionally on the undercard, former WBA, IBF and IBO World Tremendous Welterweight champion Julian Williams, 29-3-1 with 16 knockouts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received an eight-round resolution over Ronald Mansilla, 18-12-1 with eight knockouts, Parana, Argentina. Mansilla got here in to go the gap and did so, shedding some extent in spherical 5 for extreme spitting out of the mouthpiece. This was the primary win for Williams in three and a half years, since he defeated Jarrett Hurd in Might 2019. For the second time in 9 months, unbeaten welterweight prospects 16-0-3 Kent Cruz of Saint Louis, Missouri, and 13-0-2 Soviet Georgian southpaw Enriko Gogokhia of Woodland Hills, California, battled to an eight-round draw.




Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent

Robert Brizel – Head Boxing Correspondent

Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Actual Fight Media Boxing since 2013. Robert can be a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State area which incorporates NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts unique interviews, supplies historic boxing articles and supplies editorial ringside protection of main boxing occasions. You’ll be able to contact or observe Robert on Fb and by electronic mail at [email protected]

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