Belts on The Line
Tape rankings @ Light Heavyweight
Who won Bivol vs Chilemba?
Dmitry Bivol beat Isaac Chilemba by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 4th August 2018 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in New Jersey.
The scorecards were announced as 120-108, 120-108, 116-112 in favor of winner Dmitry Bivol.
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.
This fight appeared on the undercard of Sergey Kovalev's and Eleider Alvarez's clash for the WBO World Light heavyweight championship.
Bivol vs Chilemba stats
Dmitry Bivol stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 13 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 11 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Isaac Chilemba made his way to the ring with a record of 25 wins, 5 loses and 2 draws, with 10 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Bivol had a massive power advantage over Chilemba, boosting at 85% knock out percentage over Chilemba's 40%.
Dmitry Bivol was the younger man by 4 years, at 31 years old.
Chilemba had a height advantage of 2 inches over Bivol. That also extended to a 1-inch reach advantage.
Both Dmitry Bivol & Isaac Chilemba fought out of an orthodox stance.
Bivol was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 19 less fights, and made his debut in 2014, 9 year and 1 month later than Chilemba, whose first professional fight was in 2005. He had fought 106 less professional rounds, 160 to Chilemba's 266.
Isaac Chilemba was ranked number 12 by the WBA in the 175lb division.
Bivol vs Chilemba form
Bivol remained undefeated as a professional.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Umar Salamov on 11th December 2021 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Light Heavyweight championship fight at KRK “Uralets”, Ekaterinburg, Russia.
Previous to that, he had defeated Craig Richards on 1st May 2021 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Light Heavyweight championship fight at Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom.
Going into that contest, he had beat Lenin Castillo on 12th October 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Light Heavyweight championship fight at Wintrust Arena, Illinois, United States.
Before that, he had won against Joe Smith Jr on 9th March 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBA World Light Heavyweight championship fight at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, New York.
He had beat Jean Pascal on 24th November 2018 by unanimous decision in their WBA World Light Heavyweight championship fight at Mark G. Etess Arena, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, New Jersey.
Bivol's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 5 months and 25 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 11 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 60 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 12 rounds on average.
Chilemba's last 4 fights had come over a period of 8 years, 2 months and 4 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 2 years and 16 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 39 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 9.8 rounds on average.
What time did Bivol vs Chilemba start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, New Jersey, United States, which was around 3:00 AM BST in the UK.
Who broadcast Bivol vs Chilemba?
Bivol vs Chilemba was broadcast on HBO in the US.
What were the odds on Bivol vs Chilemba?
Dmitry Bivol was a 1/100 (-9999) favourite going into the contest, while Isaac Chilemba made his way into the ring at 16/1 (+1600) with oddsmakers.