Bivol: "I Can Win World Titles At 168"
Dmitry Bivol could open the door to mega-fights at
Super-Middleweight as he prepares to defend his WBA World
Light-Heavyweight title against Joe Smith Jr on Saturday
March 9 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York,
live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.
Bivol (15-0 11 KOs) puts his crown on the line for the fifth
time against Long Islandís Smith Jr (24-2 20KOs), who fights
in his first World title bout. The champion has long stated
his desire to unify the 175lbs division, but the unbeaten
Russian has cast his eyes on the Super-Middleweight division
and is excited by the prospect of potentially becoming a
two-weight World champion.
ďIím not a big guy for Light-Heavyweight, and I can make
Super-Middleweight, and I said many times that I want the
big fights,Ē said Bivol. By that I mean that I want to fight
for belts. If someone has a belt in Super-Middleweight or
Light-Heavyweight division, I would be glad to fight them.
ďI know Callum Smith has a belt, and I would like to fight
him if he wants to, and if our promoters can make this
fight. I am open for every fight for the belt now. There are
many names who have belts. To the top ten from
Light-Heavyweight and Super-Middleweight: Iím ready to
ďBoxing is a different sport to something like running. In
running, you just have good speed. In boxing, you could have
good speed, but this doesnít mean you can win. Iím not the
hardest puncher, Iím not the quickest fighter, but I have
something that helps me to be a winner. I have enough speed,
I think many speed from Light-Heavyweight have enough speed,
the same power as me, maybe more power. I love this sport,
because you donít need to be the quickest or the strongest,
I donít know. Iím just one of the best. I have the best
team, I have the best coach, maybe itís because I believe in
Smith Jrís clash with Bivol is part of a huge night of
action at Turning Stone Resort Casino with a second
mouthwatering World title fight on the bill in the shape of
Maurice Hooker (25-0-3 17 KOs) defending his WBO World
Super-Lightweight title against Brooklynís Mikkel LesPierre
Callum Johnson (17-1-0 12KOs) and Sean Monaghan (29-2-0
17KOs) will both have a keen eye on the Bivol-Smith Jr.
clash as they battle in a crunch fight in the 175lbs
division, Uzbek amateur star Israil Madrimov (1-0 1KO)
defends his WBA Inter-Continental Super Welterweight title
against Frank Rojas (24-2-0 23 KOs), World-ranked
heavyweight contender Sergey Kuzmin, (14-0 11 KOs), of St.
Petersburg, Russia will battle Philadelphia based veteran
Joey Dawejko, (19-6-4 11 KOs) and Otha Jones III makes his
pro debut on the card.