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  Bivol vs. Zurdo Press Conference Quotes

WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) and former WBO Super Middleweight Champion Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez hosted a press conference today ahead of their showdown for the WBA Light Heavyweight World Title. The 12-round match is the first fight under the newly installed "Champion Series," which will take place at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Saturday Nov. 5, live to subscribers worldwide on DAZN (excluding South Korea and MENA).

Below are what participants from today's press conference had to say about the upcoming World Championship fight:

DMITRY BIVOL, CURRENT WBA LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLEHOLDER:


ďFirst of all, hello everyone and thank you for coming. Yes, maybe itís one of the toughest fights in my career. Iím thinking like that every time before my fights. I want to say thank you to you Eddie and Matchroom, and everyone in Abu Dhabi. Everyone who wanted to make this fight.

"Iím glad to defend my title in Abu Dhabi. I heard this is the first time that someone has defended a World Title in Abu Dhabi. Itís great to be the first. I hope itís not the last time in Abu Dhabi. Thank you to Ramirez for this fight. I know he wanted this fight a long time. Me too. Now it will happen. He is a good fighter and I like challenges. I like to fight against the guy who has won 44 fights and who is bigger than me and taller than me. This is a big challenge for me. I hope it will be a great fight on November 5.

"I have to be focused only on this fight. Every time when I have a fight Iím focused on that fight. Of course I have great plans in my head, I want to be the best fighter in the world. I want to get more belts, but now I have a big fight against a good fighter. I try to be focused only on November 5.Ē

"ZURDO" RAMIREZ, FORMER WBO SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION AND MANDATORY CHALLENGER:


ďThank you. Thank you everyone. Thank you for having us and for the hospitality. Iím glad to be here in Abu Dhabi. Itís my first time here and I feel like Iím at home because itís the same weather as back home in MazatlŠn, Mexico Ė hot and humid. Itís perfect for me.

"Thank you Matchroom and thank you to Golden Boy for making this possible. Iím looking forward to getting that title on November 5 to become a two-time World Champion. I think it will be a great night, an exciting fight for everyone. Even for me, I canít wait for this fight. Iíve been waiting so long for this moment and I just want to say thank you to Dmitry Bivol for taking this fight.

"I think weíre going to put on a great show for all of the fans and for Abu Dhabi. It will be a great night. He is one of the greatest 175 poundersí and he beat one of the greatest fighters in boxing too. Congratulations to him. I knew he would be a tough fight for Canelo. It was a great night for Bivol because he beat him by unanimous decision. It was great. What can I tell you? Iím 44 fights and 44 wins."

ERIC GOMEZ, PRESIDENT OF GOLDEN BOY:


ďI just want to thank everybody for being here. The hospitality has been incredible. Itís an incredible city, a beautiful city Ė itís my first time here. I want to thank DAZN and Joe Markowski Ė thank you for all you do. Eddie, you and your team, Frank Smith. Itís always a pleasure working with you guys.

"I want to thank the champion Dmity Bivol, his manager Vadim. This is a great fight. This is going to be an incredible fight. Both fighters are undefeated and itís going to be a very exciting fight.

"I donít normally like to give predictions, but Iím compelled to give a prediction for this fight. I feel strongly that the winner is going to be Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi and also the world of boxing. Itís rare that we put these fights together, itís a special event, so thank you guys very much for having us and we look forward to November 5.Ē

VADIM KORNILOV, MANAGER OF DMITRY BIVOL:


ďThank you, Eddie. Youíre definitely back on the team of course. You were never off the team because I think you believed in Dmirty the whole way from the beginning Ė just like the rest of us. Itís very exciting.

"After the Canelo fight obviously itís a second level of motivation they have to find. Any fighter that goes to that level, they have to motivate themselves to go on. Having to fight a guy like Ramirez who is very well respected, who has never lost and who has fought some of the top-level guys, itís something that you have to overcome and itís something that we have to do.

"You have to find something inside you to get that victory again. I believe that Dmirty has that mentality and he is always very tough and confident. I think he will be able to do it and go on to get the other belts after this. Thatís something that we look forward to as well.Ē

EDDIE HEARN, MATCHROOM SPORT CHAIRMAN:


ďGood afternoon everyone and welcome to a historic press conference here in Abu Dhabi. November 5, our first event here in Abu Dhabi. The ĎChampion Seriesí and an incredible main event, the WBA Light-Heavyweight World Title between Dmitry Bivol and Zurdo Ramirez.

"A historic moment for Abu Dhabi, the DCT and for Matchroom Boxing as well as we build a long-term partnership here of global high-profile World Championship fights. November 5 is the start of such an exciting future in what has become a global sports hub here in Abu Dhabi.

"This is an iconic moment and we want to thank so many different people Ė the DCT, we want to thank Eleven as well, Frank Smith whoís done such a great job. There has been a lot of hard work that has gone into this process. We are about building long-term partnerships with outstanding partners, and great people to work with.

"Youíve seen across the NBA, youíve seen across the UFC, Dana White and the team couldnít speak more highly of everyone involved in their relationship with Abu Dhabi. For us as a business, this is just the start of a new world of boxing here in the Middle East and in Abu Dhabi. Earlier on today we announced that Joe Cordina will defend his IBF Super-Featherweight World Championship against the Mandatory Challenger Rakhimov and the undisputed womenís Light-Welterweight World Championship Ė Chantelle Cameron McCaskill. Theyíre the first three fights announced for November 5 in the stunning Etihad Arena.Ē

JOSEPH MARKOWSKI, EVP, DAZN GROUP:


ďThank you, Eddie, and thank you to everyone up on the top table here today. Ití great to be here with old friends and new. Thank you to our hosts here in Abu Dhabi and to the DCT. Dmitry, it wasnít too long ago that we were toasting your success in Las Vegas, late at night in your hotel room after your last win. Itís great to be back working with you.

"Itís a fantastic schedule weíre building on DAZN as we head into Autumn. In a couple of weeksí time we have Canelo and GGG in a fantastic trilogy fight. More to come from our X Series Ė a new venture with KSI in the world of crossover boxing. This fight in early November as well as Eubank-Benn Ė a fantastic PPV event in the UK.

"Weíre about building a schedule of events globally that engages new and existing boxing fans. Weíre doing that with increasing regularity. Weíre doing that with our partners at Golden Boy, itís great to see Eric Gomez here from Los Angeles. Itís great to keep it in the DAZN family as always with Golden Boy and Matchroom.

"This event is representative of exactly what weíre trying to do Ė a global schedule with fantastic fights, matchups happening when they should happen and delivered with fantastic partners of which there are many sat on this table. Weíre very excited, weíre looking forward to it and itís great to be in business with Abu Dhabi.Ē

H.E. SALEH MOHAMMED SALEH AL GEZIRY, DIRECTOR GENERAL TOURISM SECTOR AT DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE AND TOURISM Ė ABU DHABI:


ďThank you very much Eddie. I canít express how happy we are for all of you to be here. This happiness is on a personal note because weíve made new friends of Abu Dhabi, but also on a professional level where our partnership today and the announcement weíre doing today is a milestone for Abu Dhabi within what we are planning for the rest of the future.

"Today Abu Dhabi positioning itself as an events hub in the international world is a very important statement. In the vertical of sports, Abu Dhabi has done a great job with partnering with perfect international brands Ė whether itís the NBA, whether itís the UFC as Eddie rightly mentioned, whether itís the T20 in cricket and so on and so forth. With the boxing world, we are very pleased to be partners with Matchroom.

"Normally whenever you start a certain vertical you want to start with a big bang, and I think the fight that has just been announced is a fight that everyone has been waiting for. I think itís one of the first times that combined you have over 60 fights to zero. How could we have started with anything better than this? Thank you very much for putting this together."



 

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