Dmitry Bivol secured a unanimous decision win over Joe Smith Jr. to retain his WBA light-heavyweight crown.
Dmitry Bivol dominated Joe Smith Jr. to retain his WBA light-heavyweight title and unbeaten record on Saturday.
The Russian, 28, was in control from the outset in New York, claiming a unanimous decision win to retain his title and improve to a 16-0 record.
Bivol was untroubled by Smith (24-3), the judges scoring the fight 119-109, 119-109 and 118-110 in his favour.
Smith tried to be aggressive early, but he struggled to land much of note in the opening rounds.
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Already in command, Bivol landed a flurry of big blows in the seventh round after a hard jab.
An increasingly frustrated Smith then threw Bivol to the canvas after the fighters came together in the ninth round.
Smith managed to land a huge right at the end of the 10th, but Bivol’s win was never in doubt.
Earlier, Maurice Hooker retained his WBO light-welterweight title after a unanimous decision win over Mikkel LesPierre.