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
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
"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
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
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
"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