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Dmitry Bivol to defend light heavyweight title vs. Jean Pascal

Article by Dan Rafael, via ESPN

Light heavyweight world titlist Dmitry Bivol will defend his belt on Nov. 24 at the Mark G. Etess Arena at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, just not against the opponent he expected to be facing.

Bivol will make his fourth defense against former world champion Jean Pascal, who quickly accepted the fight — announced on Tuesday — when Joe Smith Jr., who was close to a deal to face Bivol, accepted a better offer last week to instead challenge titlist Artur Beterbiev on a date to be determined in December.

Bivol-Pascal will headline a “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 as the industry leader. The opening bout of the card has not yet been determined.

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