Bivol dominates, Usyk warmed up as fight progressed
By Bill Tibbs
There was lots of boxing action in the Windy City of Chicago on Saturday night at the Wintrust Arena. The bouts were live on DAZN in the U.S. and on Sky Sports in the UK. The main event fights saw Dmirty Bivol defending is world light heavyweight strap, unified super lightweight champion Jessica McCaskill in action defending her WBA and WBC titles and popular former cruiserweight boss Oleksandr Usyk making his debut at heavyweight.
Dmitry Bivol defends his WBA world light heavyweight title against Lenin Castillo - WBA light heavyweight Dmitry Bivol (17-0, 11 KO’s) beat Lenin Castillo (20-3-1, 15 KO’s) with a UD 12 on Saturday night at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. Bivol was in control throughout the fight scoring a knockdown in round six. Lenin never gained any momentum. This was Bivol’s 5th title defense.
And, making his heavyweight debut - former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (17-0, 13 KO’s) stopped late sub Chazz Witherspoon (38-4, 29 KO’s) at the end of round 7. Witherspoon was lucky to make it out of the 6th frame and after absorbing more of the same in the 7th, his corner decided to stop it after the round. Usyk started slow but began to find the range with straight left hands in round 3.
In a rematch, WBA/WBC unified female super lightweight champion Jessica McCaskill (8-2, 3 KO’s) retained her belts with a UD 10 against Erica Farias (26-4, 10 KO’s). Farias lost a point for holding--something she did throughout the 10-round affair.
Unbeaten super featherweight Otha Jones III (4-0, 1 KO) won a UD 4 over Eric Manriquez (7-9-1, 3 KO’s).
2016 Olympian, super lightweight Movladdin Biyarslanov (5-0, 4 KO’s) won a UD 6 over Tyrome Jones (4-6-1, 1 KO).
Unbeaten super middleweight Anthony “The Magician” Sims Jr (20-0, 18 KO’s) beat Morgan “Big Chief” Fitch (19-4-1, 8 KO’s) via TKO 6.
Unbeaten USBA super welterweight beltholder Charles “Bad News” Conwell (11-0, 8 KO’s) scored a KO 10 against Patrick Day (17-4-1, 6 KO’s). Day was taken from the ring on a stretcher.
Come-backing, former IBF super bantamweight champion TJ Doheny (22-1, 16 KOs) scored a TKO 6 over Jesus Martinez (26-10, 13 KOs).