May 01 2021
Saturday

Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom

12 rounds contest @ Light Heavyweight
17-0-0
UD 12

Score cards

  • 115-114
  • 115-113
  • 118-110
UD 12
16-1-1

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Belts on The Line

WBA Super World Light Heavyweight Championship

The tape

31
Age
32
6' 0" / 183 cm
Height
6' 1" / 185 cm
72" / 183 cm
Reach
N/A
Orthodox (R)
Stance
Orthodox (R)

Tape record

UDUDUDUDTKO
Form
TKOPTSUDTKOTKO
17
Wins
16
11
By KO
9
65
KO%
56
0
Loses
1
0
Draws
1
2014
Debut
2015

Tape rankings @ Light Heavyweight

2
The Ring
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WBA
5
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WBC
-
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WBO
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IBF
7

Dmitry Bivol vs Craig Richards report

Who won Bivol vs Richards?

Dmitry Bivol beat Craig Richards by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 1st May 2021 at Manchester Arena in Manchester.

The scorecards were announced as 115-114, 115-113, 118-110 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 WBA light heavyweight championship of the world.

This fight appeared on the undercard of Dereck Chisora losing to Joseph Parker. Also, on the undercard Katie Taylor beat Natasha Jonas, Chris Eubank Jr defeated Marcus Morrison and James Tennyson was defeated by Jovanni Straffon.

Bivol vs Richards stats

Dmitry Bivol stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 17 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 11 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.

Craig Richards made his way to the ring with a record of 16 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, with 9 of those wins by knock out.

The stats suggested Bivol had a slight advantage in power over Richards, with a 65% knock out percentage over Richards' 56%.

Dmitry Bivol was the younger man by 1 year, at 31 years old.

Richards had a height advantage of 1 inch over Bivol.

Both Dmitry Bivol & Craig Richards fought out of an orthodox stance.

Bivol's experience as a professional fighter was relatively equal to Richards', having had 1 less fights, and made his debut in 2014, 6 months earlier than Richards, whose first professional fight was in 2015. He had fought 49 more professional rounds, 160 to Richards' 111.

Craig Richards was ranked number 5 by the WBA and 7 by the IBF in the 175lb division.

Bivol vs Richards form

Bivol remained undefeated as a professional.

In his last fight before this contest, he had beat 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 beat 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 won against 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 beat 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 defeated 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.

Richards had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 4 of them, going the distance once.

In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Shakan Pitters on 18th December 2020 by technical knockout in the 9th round in their BBBOC British Light heavyweight championship fight at Fly By Nite Rehearsal Studios, Worcestershire, United Kingdom.

Previous to that, he had won against Andre Sterling on 21st June 2019 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at York Hall, London.

Going into that contest, he had defeated Jake Ball on 2nd February 2019 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at O2 Arena, London.

Before that, he had beat Michal Ludwiczak on 27th October 2018 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at Copper Box Arena, London.

Hehad won against Bosko Misic on 6th June 2018 by knockout in the 3rd round at York Hall, London.

Activity check

In terms of activity leading into the fight, Dmitry Bivol had been fighting more than Craig Richards.

Going to this contest, Dmitry Bivol had last fought 5 months and 8 days ago, while Craig Richards' last outing had been 1 year, 5 months and 1 day ago.

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.

Richards' last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 11 months and 13 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 15 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 29 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 5.8 rounds on average.

What time did Bivol vs Richards start?

The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 7:30 PM BST at Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom, which was 2:30 PM EST or 11:30 AM PST on the West Coast of America.

Who broadcast Bivol vs Richards?

Bivol vs Richards was broadcast on Sky Box Office HD in the UK, while the fight was broadcast in the United States by DAZN.

What were the odds on Bivol vs Richards?

Dmitry Bivol was a 1/25 (-2499) favourite going into the contest, while Craig Richards made his way into the ring at 9/1 (+900) with oddsmakers.

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