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Televised Light Heavyweight Battle Between Dmitry
Bivol and Cedric "L.O.W." Agnew Added to Ward-Kovalev Undercard
May 24/17: Before fans at
the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and those watching live on
pay-per-view are treated to the much-anticipated rematch between Andre "S.O.G."
Ward and Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev for the WBO, WBA and IBF Light
Heavyweight World Titles on June 17, they will be excited by another
stellar light heavyweight match-up between Dmitry Bivol (10-0, 8 KOs)
and Cedric "L.O.W." Agnew (29-2, 15 KOs). This 10-round bout is
presented by Main Events and World of Boxing in association with DiBella
Entertainment. The championship event, presented by Corona Extra, will
be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00
p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
"Cedric Agnew is the opponent with the biggest name in my career so
far," said Bivol. "He is an experienced fighter and is well-skilled
defensively. The Kovalev and Ward rematch is the most important fight in
the light heavyweight division right now and I am honored to be part of
such an event. I am very motivated and excited about this fight and I am
anxious to showcase my skills in the mecca of boxing of Las Vegas, USA
live on one of the top boxing networks of HBO Pay-Per-View."
Bivol's promoter Andrei Ryabinsky of World of Boxing added, "Only two
months after his last victory in the USA on June 17, Dmitry Bivol will
come back into the ring against Cedric Agnew. This fight will be aired
live on HBO Pay-Per-View as part of the telecast of the Ward vs. Kovalev
rematch. It makes me happy that two boxers from Russia will headline
such an important boxing event and I will be rooting for them!"
Finally, Bivol's manager, Vadim Kornilov, said, "Initially Kathy Duva
reached out to us about fighting Barrera on the Ward-Kovalev II card and
we had to make a decision quickly. Even though Barrera chose to take
another fight, Kathy came forward with another opponent to stick to her
offer and keep Bivol on the card. It has been a pleasing experience in
putting this fight together with Kathy and the rest of the Main Events
team. In his last fight against Samuel Clarkson in April, Dmitry Bivol
has proven that he is one of the major forces in his division and
started building a US fan base for his aggressive and exciting style. On
June 17, he will face Cedric Agnew on fight night how serious I am. Team
Main Events CEO Kathy Duva said, "Working with World of Boxing,
Andrei, Vadim and Dmitry has been a delight. We were originally talking
to them about facing Sullivan Barrera on the Ward-Kovalev 2 undercard,
which would have been a huge step up for Dmitry Bivol, and he and his
team did not hesitate in taking that fight. When Sullivan was offered a
bigger opportunity against Joe Smith Jr. on HBO on July 15, it just made
sense to stick with Bivol, who is a rising talent in the light
heavyweight division, and find him an opponent. That part was not easy!
All credit to Cedric Agnew who was willing to take on this undefeated
"We're aware that Bivol is considered the next big thing," said Lou
DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Cedric Agnew is a true
professional and a quality boxer. He was not an easy out for Kovalev. I
don't expect that he will be an easy out for Bivol. Agnew will show up
Dmitry Bivol (10-0, 8 KOs) is quickly making a name for himself as
the next big knockout artist in the light heavyweight division. The
26-year-old from Tokmak, Kyrgyzstan, now residing in Saint Petersburg,
Russia, made his professional debut in 2014 with a sixth-round knockout
over Jorge Rodriguez Olivera. He has won his first 10 professional bouts
with eight of those wins coming by way of the knockout for an 80%
knockout-to-win ratio. In 2016, he handed Felix Valera his only career
loss with a lopsided unanimous decision victory to secure the WBA
Interim Light Heavyweight World Title. In February of this year, he had
his first defense of his WBA Title with a fourth round TKO over Robert
Berridge. Less than two months after his win over Berridge, he travelled
to the US and stopped Samuel Clarkson in the fourth round in his second
title defense of the WBA Interim Light Heavyweight World Title.
Cedric "L.O.W." Agnew (29-2, 15 KOs), is a seasoned veteran southpaw
despite still being in the prime of his career at age 30. He made his
professional debut in 2007 with a second-round knockout and went on to
win his next 25 fights in a row, stopping 12 of those opponents. Next,
he challenged then WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey "Krusher"
Kovalev who stopped him in the seventh-round back in 2014. Since, he
loss to Kovalev he is 3-1, 2 KOs. His only other loss is a controversial
split-decision against Samuel Clarkson, the young southpaw prospect from
Texas. Two judges scored the bout 76-75 in favor of Clarkson and one
judge scored thebout 76-75 in favor of Agnew. He holds notable wins over
Yusaf Mack, Otis Griffin and Daniel Judah. In his most recent bout he
stopped Martin Verdin in the second-round in February of this year.
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