Belts on The Line
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Who won Bivol vs Salamov?
Dmitry Bivol beat Umar Salamov by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 11th December 2021 at KRK “Uralets” in Ekaterinburg.
The scorecards were announced as 119-109, 118-109, 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.
The undercard featured the clash of Rakhimov vs Muzaffarov.
Bivol vs Salamov stats
Dmitry Bivol stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 18 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 11 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Umar Salamov made his way to the ring with a record of 26 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 19 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Salamov had advantage in power over Bivol, with a 73% knock out percentage over Bivol's 61%.
Dmitry Bivol was the older man by 4 years, at 31 years old.
Salamov had a height advantage of 4 inches over Bivol. That also extended to a 4-inch reach advantage.
Both Dmitry Bivol & Umar Salamov fought out of an orthodox stance.
Bivol was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 9 less fights, and made his debut in 2014, 1 year and 11 months later than Salamov, whose first professional fight was in 2012. He had fought 1 less professional rounds, 160 to Salamov's 161.
Umar Salamov was ranked number 10 by the WBA and 3 by the WBO in the 175lb division.
Bivol vs Salamov 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.
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.
Salamov's last 3 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 8 months and 14 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 2 months and 26 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 5 rounds on average.
What time did Bivol vs Salamov start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 7:45 PM UTC at KRK “Uralets”, Ekaterinburg, Russia, which was 2:45 PM EST or 11:45 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 7:45 PM GMT in the UK.
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What were the odds on Bivol vs Salamov?
Dmitry Bivol was a 1/20 (-1999) favourite going into the contest, while Umar Salamov made his way into the ring at 8/1 (+800) with oddsmakers.