Dmitry Bivol dominates Agnew to fourth-round TKO
LAS VEGAS — Dmitry Bivol continued his ascent as one of the top prospects in boxing Saturday.
The Russian 175-pounder laid a beating on Cedric Agnew, who was unwilling to engage and fought out of a high guard the entire fight until the fight was stopped in Round 4.
Agnew, who was knocked down in Round 1 and cut over his left eye in Round 3, kept blinking and wasn’t throwing back when referee Russell Mora halted the contest at 1:27.
Agnew (29-3, 15 knockouts) threw just 43 punches — landing 13 — while Bivol landed 69 of 247. It took Sergey Kovalev seven rounds to dispatch the Chicagoan in 2015.
Round after round, Bivol stalked while Agnew was stationary and simply refused to punch back.
“I’m very glad the flight went this way,” said Bivol, 26. “I found my ways that I practiced and I used them and you saw the results. I didn’t think he was going to work more as right-handed, as orthodox, but I was ready for everything so the fight ran smooth for me.
“I tried to open him up but for some reason. he didn’t want to go. He was close, he was very defensive and going back. But anyways, I won the fight!”
Bivol (11-0, 9 KOs), a power-puncher who was an accomplished amateuer, looks like the real deal after yet another impressive outing. He stopped Samuel Clarkson in his last bout, a fight on ShoBox, and now figures to get a big fight at some point in the near future.
Just maybe, he’ll some day face the winner of Saturday’s main event between Kovalev and Andre Ward.