Dmitry Yuriyevich Bivol vs. Craig L. Richards

Discussion in 'World Boxing Forum' started by IntentionalButt, Apr 19, 2021.

The Beast or The Spider?

Poll closed May 1, 2021.
  1. Bivol on points

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  2. Bivol by stoppage

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  3. Draw

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  4. Richards on points

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  5. Richards by stoppage

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  1. IntentionalButt

    IntentionalButt ESB's own bitchy old Capote-cum-Runyon Full Member

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    May 1st @ Manchester Arena, co-main event of the Chisora vs. Parker card. WBA super world light heavyweight title at stake, Bivol's second defense.* Richards is ranked WBA #5 (as well as IBF #7 and WBO #12) coming off his December knockout victory over previously unbeaten Shakan Pitters to claim the BBBofC title at 175.

    *There is some confusion with this, as the WBA elevated Bivol from regular to super champ just two days before his scheduled defense versus LenĂ­n Castillo in October 2019. So that was technically his first defense of the super championship, not his sixth defense of the regular as it had originally been scheduled (and even now as BoxRec still has it listed). Officially he made five defenses of the regular title, having never actually won the belt in the ring, just, once again, being promoted from interim champ to regular - from Trent Broadhurst through Joe Smith.

    If this seems like a dubious choice of contender, have a gander at the WBA rankings - it could be worse. They're really quite baffling; even in the fractured alphabet era you'd be hard pressed to find anybody that agreed with their idea of the world's top 15 light heavies. They have one credible name, Badou Jack, but all the way down at #11 - and no Vlasov, Buatsi, GRS, Kovalev etc. Hell, they have Bastie Samir ranked! The last I heard that name he was a Ghanaian middleweight prospect living and training in the US, a decade ago. It seems he is still active with his zero still intact, but in all these years has never stepped up and fought a ranked live body. Yet he's WBA #13. Go figure. Richards is hardly the bottom of this barrel. :sisi1
     
  2. UnleashtheFURY

    UnleashtheFURY Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Crap fight. Hopefully this cake walk allows for the Beterbiev fight to be signed and take place later summer-early fall.
     
  3. Chuck Norris

    Chuck Norris Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Bivol ends his KO drought after stopping Richards within seven rounds.
     
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  4. IntentionalButt

    IntentionalButt ESB's own bitchy old Capote-cum-Runyon Full Member

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    A gold doubloon to any e-sleuths that can find out what Richards' middle initial L stands for. (but no kudos if you just DM him on Twitter, because I could easily do that :lol:)
     
  5. Limerickbox

    Limerickbox Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Richards is a solid, tough guy but hes not world level.

    Just glad to see Bivol back in action.
     
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  6. Limerickbox

    Limerickbox Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Id be shocked if Beterbiev isn't fighting Smith next.
     
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  7. IntentionalButt

    IntentionalButt ESB's own bitchy old Capote-cum-Runyon Full Member

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    Oh and the plot thickens btw: his Instagram username is Craig "I" (that is, capital I, not lowercase L) Richards...but his Twitter handle is Craig L... :dunno

    So there's ambiguity surrounding the middle initial, let alone what it stands for. :lol:

    ...and yes this will be driving me nuts until fight night if unresolved.
     
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  8. IntentionalButt

    IntentionalButt ESB's own bitchy old Capote-cum-Runyon Full Member

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    That's my read too. You beat Pitters, okay, fair play, but you also lost to Buglioni so...

    I don't think Bivol ought to lose much sleep, even with a sixteen month layoff.
     
  9. UnleashtheFURY

    UnleashtheFURY Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Smith had a rough fight. He probably won't be ready until at least the end of the year.
     
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  10. anjawnaymiz

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    Richards is really going to struggle with bivols jab and movement
     
  11. CST80

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    Craig Richards is profoundly underrated, and personally I think he's one of the better Light Heavyweights in the UK. I wouldn't rule out Richards against Buatsi, Yarde or Arthur. I think the only one who can decisively beat him is Callum Johnson. He's rangy, awkward as hell, has fast hands, throws and lands from weird angles, is good at cutting off the ring, deceptive power and will give Bivol far more problems than most think he will. Do I think Bivol will win? Yes, most likely, but it won't be a walk in the park. This is a really good fight. Check out his last match, it was a rock solid performance against a tricky guy in Pitters.
     
  12. sasto

    sasto Well-Known Member Full Member

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    That 9th round was Wilder-esque.
     
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  13. tealt

    tealt Active Member Full Member

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    I would like to see Bivol move down to 168 if he can. Better fights.
     
  14. IntentionalButt

    IntentionalButt ESB's own bitchy old Capote-cum-Runyon Full Member

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    He was actually planning to a couple of years ago. He wanted to challenge Mundo Smith for the belt he then held.
     
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  15. CST80

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    In a good or bad way?:sisi1