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  • Two Title Fights Festoon Saturday’s DAZN Card at Turning Stone

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    By Matt Andrzejewski

    In a fight that is certainly guaranteed to bring action, WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol defends his title against Joe Smith Jr. Saturday at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY. The fight headlines a deep card that will be shown live on DAZN in the United States.

    Bivol (15-0, 11 KO’s) is a former decorated amateur star who has been on the fast track since turning pro in 2014. An aggressive boxer-puncher by nature, he will look to work behind a potent left jab to set up his heavy handed combinations. With his last two fights having gone the 12 round distance, Bivol will certainly be looking for the knockout and to make a statement in his debut on DAZN.

    Smith (24-2, 20 KO’s) was boxing’s Cinderella story in 2016 when he scored upset knockout wins against Andrzej Fonfara and Bernard Hopkins. But a subsequent loss the following year in which he was out-boxed by Sullivan Barrera curtailed his momentum. After a bounce back knockout win last year, Smith is getting his first world title shot against Bivol.

    Smith is a straight forward brawler who comes in looking for the knockout. And he possesses legitimate one punch power in both hands. Bivol is an aggressive offensive minded fighter who is not afraid to get into exchanges. This will surely be a firefight that is hard to envision not ending in a knockout.

    Undercard

    In the co-feature, Maurice Hooker (25-0-3, 17 KO’s) makes the second defense of his WBO 140 -pound title against Mikkel LesPierre (21-0-1, 10 KO’s).

    Hooker enjoyed a breakout year in 2017 with a pair of upset wins. First, he traveled to the UK and defeated Terry Flanagan by split decision to win the vacant title belt in Flanagan’s backyard. Then, Hooker traveled to number one contender Alex Saucedo’s hometown of Oklahoma City and stopped him in seven rounds. Hooker, 29, is improving each time out and starting to put all his natural talent together to become one of the best fighters in a stacked 140-pound weight class.

    LesPierre, 33, is taking a big step up in class in facing Hooker. Ranked number ten by the WBO, LesPierre went 3-0 with 2 knockouts in 2018 including a decision win against the previously undefeated Noel Murphy to climb the rankings. He can best be described as a slick southpaw who will try to use counter punching and defense to upend Hooker.

    In a crucial light heavyweight crossroads fight, Callum Johnson (17-1, 12 KO’s) takes on Sean Monaghan (29-2, 17 KO’s) in a scheduled ten round bout. Both Johnson and Monaghan are coming off losses and need a win to get back into contention in the light heavyweight division. They are also both come forward brawlers with limited defense. Given their styles, this fight could easily steal the show.

    Heavyweights Sergey Kuzmin (14-0, 11 KO’s) and Joey Dawejko (19-6-4, 11 KO’s) will tangle in a ten round scheduled contest. Kuzmin is a former well decorated amateur coming off three consecutive knockout wins in 2018. Dawejko is a durable heavyweight who is coming off back to back decision losses in 2018 to contenders Bryant Jennings and Andrey Fedosov.

    Former 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Yamaguchi Falcao (16-0, 7 KO’s) takes a step up in class when he faces veteran pro Paul Mendez (20-3-2, 10 KO’s) in a middleweight bout.

    Also on the card light heavyweight prospect Junior Younan (14-0-1, 10 KO’s) is slated to return to the ring and blue chip 140-pound prospect Otha Jones III from Toledo, OH is set to make his pro debut.

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  • #2
    Great card. Smith is a fast starter and can blow away opponents.Bivol will need to be careful early and then find his groove. He should win by UD, but this one could be very interesting. Smith has very heavy hands but Bivol is a more skilled fighter.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Kid Blast View Post
      Great card. Smith is a fast starter and can blow away opponents.Bivol will need to be careful early and then find his groove. He should win by UD, but this one could be very interesting. Smith has very heavy hands but Bivol is a more skilled fighter.
      I agree KB. Smith is very dangerous early. Bivol also traditionally starts fast. If Bivol looks to start fast here, it could give Smith some opportunities to counter and only takes one punch from Smith. This is an interesting test for Bivol.

      Callum Johnson-Sean Monaghan could be a lot of fun. This is the kind of fight where I think we see both come out swinging in the first round and each could get hurt and/or dropped early.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by oubobcat View Post

        I agree KB. Smith is very dangerous early. Bivol also traditionally starts fast. If Bivol looks to start fast here, it could give Smith some opportunities to counter and only takes one punch from Smith. This is an interesting test for Bivol.

        Callum Johnson-Sean Monaghan could be a lot of fun. This is the kind of fight where I think we see both come out swinging in the first round and each could get hurt and/or dropped early.
        Are you going? I'd love to see this one live, but the weather prevents that from happening, Sean is very game. Just one of the better cards this year.and you can get some nice white pizza at Graziano's while you are up there. That are makes for some fun.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Kid Blast View Post

          Are you going? I'd love to see this one live, but the weather prevents that from happening, Sean is very game. Just one of the better cards this year.and you can get some nice white pizza at Graziano's while you are up there. That are makes for some fun.
          Yep I will be there and most likely will hit up Graziano's on the way up.

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          • Kid Blast
            Kid Blast commented
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            I want a full report on boxing and the other stuff, please.

        • #6
          Ha . .I was only thinking of this fight the other night and wondering where on the calendar it was.

          This is going to be a real firecracker.


          Bivol is usually in shape to set a pace that’s hard to keep up with unless you can hit him hard/often enough to slow him down and get respect.

          Smith hits hard enough.

          Not sure about the rest though.



          Cheers,

          Storm.

           

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