Bivol to face Cleverly after Clarkson KO

Dmitry Bivol maintained his unbeaten streak after stopping Samuel Clarkson to retain the interim WBA light heavyweight title.

Bivol secured the 10th victory of his professional career after a fourth round victory over Clarkson at the MGM National Harbor, in Maryland.

The Russian had knocked down Clarkson three times before connecting with a short right hand in the fourth, which prompted the referee to call a halt to the bout.

Bivol will now become the mandatory challenger for WBA regular champion Nathan Cleverly.

"To be honest with you I thought I would need four or five rounds to get the fight going that aggressively, to find the holes, but I was able to see the openings in the first round and I took advantage of them," said Bivol.

“I'm very happy I won by a knockout.  As far as the fans and what they got out of the fight, it seems everybody's happy and satisfied, so I'm hoping everyone got what they came to see."

Bivol came close to securing a first round stoppage after twice sending Clarkson to the canvas – both via left hooks.

Clarkson managed to get back to his feet and despite being knocked down again in the third, he continued the bout, before the fourth round shot proved too much.