Dmitry Bivol beat Craig Richards by unanimous choice to retain his WBA light-heavyweight world title on Saturday evening in Manchester.
The battle was anticipated by many to be a easy evening’s work for the champion when initially introduced, however Richards put up a valiant effort.
Bivol started the battle strongly and the distinction in ranges between the 2 males was evident early on.
He upped the tempo within the second after which pushed Richards again in opposition to the ropes, hammering him with a mixture to finish spherical three.
The Brit remained defensively stable and endured much less punishment within the fourth.
Within the center rounds, the battle settled right into a rhythm with Bivol in management.
Richards was aggressive all through, however in the end outclassed by the champion.
As they entered the ultimate three rounds, the challenger took extra dangers as he tried to go for broke.
In response, Bivol fired again and gave nearly as good as he received up till the ultimate bell.
When the scorecards had been learn out, the Russian retained his title with a unanimous choice win – 118-110, 115-113, 115-114.
It was Bivol’s first battle again after 18 months of inactivity and so he was happy with the efficiency.
He stated post-fight: “The battle was actually powerful for me as a result of he’s a sensible boxer, he thinks all battle, he thinks what he’ll do.
“However after one-and-a-half years relaxation, I believe it’s okay, it’s a standard efficiency for me.”