How close was Bivol to being Knocked out by Joe Smith Jr.

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  1. tinman

    tinman Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    I've rewatched the round where Smith lands that huge overhand right that partially landed and rocked Bivol at the very end of the round.

    And I know I'm a huge Smith Jr. fan, but I just know what I saw. Bivol was totally and completely rocked. Just had no clue where he was, had his hands down, wasn't able to defend himself and disoriented.

    I'm telling you Bivol was ready to go.

    I really wish Smith had been able to develop his skills. I think he is p4p the hardest puncher in the sport.
     
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  2. CST80

    CST80 The Mercurial Mephistophelean Malcontent Staff Member

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    1 more clean punch. He was definitely saved by the bell.
     
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  3. Contro

    Contro Boxing Addict Full Member

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    He's definitely a BIG banger . Hopkins is basically knockout proof but Joe Smith Jr knocked the Alien back into Outer Space!
     
  4. tinman

    tinman Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    It's sort of lost and forgotten about. Smith isn't exactly the most creative or accurate puncher so I don't know if he would have been able to land that finisher if Bivol wasn't saved by the bell.

    But when your opponent is rocked to the point where he turns his back, hands are down, he's wobbling all over the ring and he likely doesn't even know where he is, then it can't be that hard to land another punch.
     
  5. tinman

    tinman Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    He turns fights around with 1 punch. Totally changes the momentum of a fight with one punch consistently virtually every fight. Probably more so than any current fighter out there right now.
     
  6. destruction

    destruction Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Yes that was the punch right on the bell. Bivol admitted after the fight that he didnt know where he was when it landed. Alot of the impact of that shot came because he didnt see it coming

    It took him part of the following round to recover from it too.

    Having said all of that Bivol put on a boxing masterclass, and completely dominated Smith.
     
  7. tinman

    tinman Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Hard to say he dominated a man he couldn't even hurt with a sledgehammer. Yea he won wide on the cards, but it's not like he was in there giving Smith a beatdown.

    The only guy who did any damage was Smith and if Bivol wasn't saved by the bell he would have been one with the canvas about 5 seconds later.

    Bivol has nice skills, but has no power.
     
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  8. minemax

    minemax Boxing Addict Full Member

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    He was definitely saved by the bell. And the question here is did he lose focus too early just expecting that the round’s almost over? It think that’s possible.
     
  9. Badbot

    Badbot Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    It was a frustrating night. Smith is most dangerous on the inside where the ref did not let them fight.
    Meanwhile Bivol could have forced a KO but just wouldn't even try.
     
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  10. destruction

    destruction Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    How many rounds of that fight did Smith Jr win?

    He won only 1 round the 11th - that is a dominant win in my book.
     
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  11. vast

    vast Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Smith will always be a live dog in any fight given his one punch power. If he had some decent skills to go along with the power he would be champ.
     
  12. elbonzoseco

    elbonzoseco Member Full Member

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    Well the question should rather be how close was he to get knocked down. Answer is very. But close to being knocked out is more than a little premature. He was obviously not in any great danger of losing the fight.
     
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  13. Tyson Fury Goat

    Tyson Fury Goat Boxing Addict Full Member

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    i always said smithy was one hell of a puncher he hits so ****ing hard

    Bivol was hurt badly and was saved by the bell
     
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  14. Paranoid Android

    Paranoid Android Manny Pacquiao — The Thurmanator booted Full Member

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    Brutal punch. Don't know how Bivol survived that, TBH.
     
  15. travolt

    travolt Trolling the trolls Full Member

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    The punch came high on the side of the forehead, above the ear. It was an equilibrium shot. Nothing to do with the jaw.

    He came out the next minute his legs intact. Had the bell not sounded, Smith might have connected more or not, and Bivol could have been really hurt. Alas, we'll never know, as he absorbed that shot impressively in the minute break.