Dmitry Bivol Defends Interim WBA
175-Pound Title Against
Photos: Amanda Westcott - SHOWTIME
Undefeated WBA Interim
Light Heavyweight Titlist Dmitry Bivol knocked down Samuel
Clarkson three times en route to a fourth-round TKO Friday
in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation live on
SHOWTIME from MGM National Harbor.
Bivol (10-0, 8 KOs) is now the mandatory challenger for WBA
(regular) Light Heavyweight World Champion Nathan Cleverly.
Bivol stalked Clarkson from the opening bell. The former
Russian amateur standout floored Clarkson in the opening 30
seconds with a series of shots and then knocked him down
again a minute later with a straight right. Clarkson (19-4,
12 KOs) survived the round but didn’t respond well to
trouble and was unable to upset Bivol’s rhythm and
Clarkson was knocked down for a third time when he appeared
to walk into a big right midway through the fourth, forcing
referee Harvey Dock to halt the contest at 1:40 as Clarkson
struggled to get to his feet. Bivol landed 46 percent of his
power shots over the four rounds compared to just 17 percent
“I thought I would finish him in the first round, but I
think it was better that it went to four rounds because the
fans were able to see the way I fight,” Bivol said.
“I’m definitely ready for my title shot against (Nathan)
Cleverly in my next fight. I’m ready.”
Clarkson had entered the ShoBox main event on a nine-fight
"He caught me with a good body shot for the first
knockdown,” Clarkson said. “I thought I was back in the
fight in rounds two and three. In round four I got caught, I
stumbled and my balance was off."
Welterweight prospect Malik Hawkins kept his undefeated
record intact with a dominating second-round TKO of
previously undefeated Carlos Soto in the ShoBox co-feature.
Hawkins (11-0, 8 KOs) attacked early and virtually closed
Soto’s left eye late in the first round. Soto took a knee in
the closing seconds of the round but survived, although his
vision was clearly impaired.
Hawkins out-landed Soto 39-15 in the second, including 15-1
in the final minute. The ringside physician ruled that Soto
(13-1-2, 7 KOs) could no longer see out of his left eye
following the second round and waved off the contest.
"Hard work and dedication. I had a strong camp and believe
in my team,” said Hawkins, who is trained by Baltimore’s
Calvin Ford and is a stablemate of IBF Junior Lightweight
Champion Gervonta Davis. “What makes it even more special is
the blessing of my first-born child."
"I want to give a shout-out to my opponent. He was big, he
was strong, he was durable and he was undefeated."
Soto became the 163 fighter to suffer their first defeat on
In a matchup of undefeated super bantamweights in the
opening bout of the ShoBox telecast, Glenn Dezurn narrowly
edged Leroy Davila to hand the latter his first career loss
in a back-and-forth fight scored 78-74 by all three judges.
The Baltimore native Dezurn (9-0, 6 KOs) seemed to throw the
harder punches and was more effective while fighting on the
inside against Davila (5-1, 3 KOs), who was the naturally
smaller of the two. While Dezurn was the more active fighter
– he threw nearly 100 more punches over the eight-round bout
– the final rounds were extremely difficult to score as the
fighters landed within eight total punches across the last
"I came into the fight with the best trainers in the world,
I train at the best gym in the world. I have the best team
in the world and, most importantly, I have the best wife and
sparring partner in the world,” said Dezurn, who trains
under Barry Hunter in Washington, D.C., and spars with his
wife, female professional boxer and former eight-time
national amateur champion Franchon Crews.
"My team told me that all of the training and sparring I do
is harder than this fight itself. The sparring I do every
day is harder. I wasn't going to shortchange myself during
this fight when what I do every day is harder and when all
of my friends and family came out to support."
Davila became the 162 fighter to suffer his first defeat on
the prospect developmental series.
“Tonight wasn’t about winning or losing I showed that I have
dog in me. I answered that question,” said Davila. “I went
off the game plan and should have listened to my corner. The
size played a small part in the fight, but I am not making
any excuses. I have seen small men knock out big men