Dmitry Bivol is still the champion.
Bivol retained his WBA light heavyweight title Saturday in Abu Dhabi via unanimous decision against mandatory challenger Gilberto Ramirez. Bivol won with scorecards of 118-110, 117-111 and 117-111.
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“I proved myself, I can be the best guy in the world,” said Bivol. “… The lion is not biggest animal in jungle, but he’s king. Zurdo bigger than me; doesn’t matter.”
Despite having the size advantage over Bivol, Ramirez was never able to get control of the bout.
From the opening round, Bivol set the tune by his jab, footwork and timing. He would apply pressure and catch his opponent with jabs and straight right hands multiple times — and always on mark.
Ramirez instead went for his body.
“I have a goal; I wanna be undisputed champion, but it doesn’t all depend on me,” Bivol said.
“If it all depends on me, I fight for all four belts. … I hope they are listening to me, what I want. I’m like a kid who has a dream; I want to go with this dream.”
He now waits to fight Artur Beterbiev, who holds three of the four light heavyweight titles. Bivol’s is the last missing piece.
But if he can’t get that — like how he tried avoiding Ramirez in the first place — he may likely pursue former rival Canelo Alvarez — who he defeated in an upset win in May — in a rematch.