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Who won Bivol vs Barrera?
Dmitry Bivol beat Sullivan Barrera by technical knockout in the 12th round on Saturday 3rd March 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 175 pounds (12.5 stone or 79.4 KG).
This contest was for the vacant WBA light heavyweight championship of the world.
Bivol vs Barrera stats
Back in March 2018, Dmitry Bivol stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 12 wins, zero loses and 0 draws.
Sullivan Barrera made his way to the ring with a record of 21 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws.
Dmitry Bivol was the younger man by 8 years, at 28 years old.
Barrera had a height advantage of 2 inches over Bivol. That also extended to a 1-inch reach advantage.
Both Dmitry Bivol & Sullivan Barrera fought out of an orthodox stance.
Bivol was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 10 less fights, and made his debut in 2014, 5 year and 3 months later than Barrera, whose first professional fight was in 2009. He had fought 34 more professional rounds, 184 to Barrera's 150.
Sullivan Barrera was ranked number 1 by the WBA in the 175lb division.
Bivol vs Barrera form
Bivol remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Trent Broadhurst on 4th November 2017 by knockout in the 1st round in their WBA World Light Heavyweight championship fight at Salle des Étoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Previous to that, he had won against Cedric Agnew on 17th June 2017 by technical knockout in the 4th round in their WBA Interim World Light heavyweight championship fight at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Events Center, Las Vegas, United States.
Going into that contest, he had beat Samuel Clarkson on 14th April 2017 by technical knockout in the 4th round in their WBA Interim World Light heavyweight championship fight at MGM National Harbor, Maryland, USA.
Before that, he had defeated Robert Berridge on 23rd February 2017 by technical knockout in the 4th round in their WBA Interim World Light heavyweight championship fight at Forum, Nizhny Tagil, Russia.
He had won against Yevgeni Makhteienko on 29th October 2016 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Arena (ex Rings), Ekaterinburg.
Barrera had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Felix Valera on 25th November 2017 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Madison Square Garden, New York, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Joe Smith Jr on 15th July 2017 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Forum, Inglewood.
Going into that contest, he had beat Felix Valera on 15th April 2017 by technical knockout in the 5th round at Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville.
Before that, he had won against Vyacheslav Shabranskyy on 16th December 2016 by knockout in the 7th round at Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio.
He had been beaten by Andre Ward on 26th March 2016 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Oracle Arena, Oakland.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Dmitry Bivol had been fighting more than Sullivan Barrera.
Going to this contest, Dmitry Bivol had last fought 3 months and 27 days ago, while Sullivan Barrera's last outing had been 3 months and 6 days ago.
Bivol's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 4 months and 2 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 3 months and 8 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 23 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 4.6 rounds on average.
Barrera's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 11 months and 5 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 4 months and 21 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 44 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.8 rounds on average.
What time did Bivol vs Barrera start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 9:00 PM EST / 6:00 PM PST at Madison Square Garden, New York, United States, which was around 2:00 AM GMT in the UK.
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What were the odds on Bivol vs Barrera?
Dmitry Bivol was a 7/50 (-710) favourite going into the contest, while Sullivan Barrera made his way into the ring at 9/2 (+450) with oddsmakers.