Bivol will make his fourth defense against former world champion Jean Pascal this Saturday @ Mark G. Etess Arena, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. The fight will air live on "World Championship Boxing" doubleheader on HBO (10 p.m. ET/PT). It will be one of the final fight cards on the network before HBO exits the sport at the end of the year after 45 years.
Bivol (14-0, 11 KOs), 27, of Russia, won his last fight on that Aug. 4th against over Isaac Chilemba by UD, scores, Henry Eugene Grant 120-108 | Ron McNair 120-108 | George Hill 116-112 . He is currently undefeated with a KO ratio of 79%. Before the Chilemba fight Bivol was coming off 5 straight knockout wins fighting 4 times in 2017. He is a very aggressive active fighter. It’s very important to me,” said Bivol, who is managed by Vadim Kornilov. “It’s every boxer’s dream to be the champion, the unified champion. It’s a big step to dream about. Like (undisputed cruiserweight champion) Oleksandr Usyk.”
Pascal originally scheduled to fight another cruiserweight bout against Gary Kopas on Nov. 9 in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Now 36 he has won his last two bouts after losing three of his previous five. Not sure how much gas is left in the tank for Pascal, this is going to be a hard fought for him. Bivol is looking to make a statement and encourage bigger name fighters. “This is the most important fight of my life and I could not be more motivated,” said Pascal. “I’m making boxing history on November 24. I’m known as a champion who never turned down any challenges but I want to be a two-time champion and I want to be immortalized in the Hall of Fame when my career is over. To cement my status as a Hall-of-Famer, I must win this fight and I will win this fight."