Dmitry Bivol Training Camp Quotes
Undefeated former Russian amateur standout Dmitry Bivol will
defend his Interim WBA Light Heavyweight Title against
Samuel Clarkson in the 12-round main event of ShoBox: The
New Generation on Friday, April 14 live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m.
ET/PT) at The Theater at MGM National Harbor in National
Harbor, Md., just outside of Washington, D.C.
Known for his aggressive style, the 26-year-old Bivol (9-0,
7 KOs, 2-0 WSB) was a decorated amateur and former Russian
National Champion at 178 pounds, who is now determined to
make his mark in one of boxing's toughest weight classes.
Clarkson (19-3, 12 KOs), of Cedar Hill, Texas, has won his
last nine fights in a row and will make his third appearance
Bivol is managed by Los Angeles-based Vadim Konilov and
trained by Gennady Mashianov. He has recently ended his
sparring sessions at both Wild Card Gym and Wild Card West
in Southern California where he has been training in the
same camp with fellow countryman and 2010 European super
heavyweight amateur gold medalist Sergey Kuzmin.
Here's a quick question and answer session through an
interpreter after visiting with Bivol at the apartment where
he has been residing for the past five weeks in the heart of
Question: Overall, how would you assess how your training
Bivol: "I think that training camp went very good. One of
the reasons I decided to come to Southern California to
train was that there are so many different sparring partners
here. We had a very spirited camp and I consider myself
ready for the fight."
Question: What kind of fight do you expect from such a
strong opponent as Samuel Clarkson?
Bivol: "I'm expecting for him to get in the ring and push
himself and come forward. I know he'll come out aggressive
and try to put the pressure on me. We'll see."
Question: You are young and have only nine pro fights, but
are already fighting to defend an interim world title. Are
you happy with the way your pro career has started?
Bivol: "To be honest, I don't really ever think about the
belt and the interim title. For me the main WBA belt is the
most important one and I want to stay at the top of the
rankings to get it. As far as my career going too fast, I
don't believe so. I think I have more than enough experience
in the amateurs and that I've aligned myself with the best
trainer and sparring partners out there. So I'm happy where
my career is at right now. I don't think it's progressing
Question: There are some that are picking this fight as
50/50? Why do you think they are predicting this fight can
go either way?"
Bivol: "This is boxing and I think there are a lot of fights
that are 50/50. Anything can happen. You never know; upsets
can happen at any time. For me this is step-up fight. Not
only because of how good my opponent is, but also because of
what it means to me. Winning this fight will open the door
to many opportunities."
Question: How important is it to put on a good show and put
on an exciting performance fighting in your first main event
Bivol: "Sure everything is amped up a little bit more
because it's on SHOWTIME. But every time I step into the
ring I want to put on a good show for the fans. This time,
probably a little bit more so, but the most important thing
is to get the win."
Question: Is there one weaknesses you have worked on during
this training camp?
Bivol: "I don't think there are any weaknesses, so it's been
like any other training camp. I can't talk about what I've
been preparing for from my opponent. You will have to wait
and see it in the ring."
Question: What do you think about training in Southern
Bivol: "I love everything about it. The best thing though is
the weather. In my hometown city in Russia, St. Petersburg,
we don't have weather like this. I like the atmosphere here
and the people and where we train. I just like it all."
Question: You have a large collection of amateur medals.
Where are they displayed?
Bivol: "I keep them all in one place in my parents' home. We
don't think we deserve them all. It is something they are
very proud of."
Question: What do you think about the other top Russian
boxers like Ruslan Provodnikov and Sergey Kovalev?
Bivol: "I respect them all. There are some that are very
famous in Russia, but also very famous here. And I see that.
They are really good fighters and I'm ready to be at that
same level, if not even at a higher level. I'm not in this
sport just to stay in shape, I'm here to show and prove that
I can be the best in the world."
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Greg Cohen
Promotions and Banner Promotions in association with World
of Boxing and Uprising Promotions, are priced at $103, $73
and $48 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by phone
Barry Tompkins will call the ShoBox action from ringside
with Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez
serving as expert analysts. The executive producer is Gordon
Hall with Rich Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips