WBA light-heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol defeated Jean Pascal to defend his title, but the Canadian veteran still took Bivol the distance at the Hard Rock hotel and Casino in Atlantic city on Saturday (November 24).
Bivol was in control from the start, but as his work became monotonous over the course of 12 rounds the Russian failed to find a finish.
His right cross drove Pascal into the ropes as early as the first round. He kept the Canadian on the end of his jab and began to chip away at him with left hooks. With a big right hook in the third round Bivol knocked Pascal away. Jean simply leaned forward as he covered up trying to defend himself. But the Russian reached his body with a long right cross.