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Dmitry Bivol to face Trent Broadhurst for vacant 175-pound title Nov. 4 on HBO

Photo courtesy of Top Rank

Dmitry Bivol, the crushing puncher from Russia, is ready for his close-up.

The 26-year-old’s last two fights were televised in the U.S. (ShoBox and HBO Pay-Per-View), but now he’s preparing for his first world title shot, and it will come in a main event live on HBO.

Bivol will fight Trent Broadhurst for the vacant WBA light heavyweight title on November 4 in Monaco, sources told RingTV.com. Matchroom Sport will promote the show, and it’s possible a second bout will be added to the afternoon telecast.

Bivol (11-0, 9 knockouts) announced his arrival in 2017 with a knockout of Samuel Clarkson on ShoBox and then a stoppage of Cedric Agnew in June on the Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev rematch.

After Badou Jack vacated the WBA’s regular 175-pound title earlier Saturday, and in the wake of Andre Ward’s retirement (he held the WBA super title), Bivol and Broadhurst will battle to fill the vacancy.

Broadhurst (20-1, 12 KOs) is a rugged Australian whose lone defeat came in 2011 via knockout to journeyman Robert Berridge. But unlike Clarkson and Agnew, Broadhurst will come forward and make the fight.

Bivol figures to be a player in the 175-pound division for a long time to come, and on November 4, his journey truly starts.

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

  • Rick

    This dude looks legit.

  • Cashtime

    Just put him in with Kovalev now, because he’s ready just like Artur B is ready..

    • Carl bagares

      Arthur B is maybe the reason why Ward retired.Ducked no one?

  • Cashtime

    HOw did Badou spring jump over every other Light Hvy to get a shot at the WBA belt? and even more so how did Cleverly end up meeting him there?

    • Kiowhatta

      Good ‘ol fashion corruption. Money talks, names generate interest and hard work counts for little.

  • Kiowhatta

    Someone needs to retire Stevenson and then the division is truly wide open.