Bivol-Ramirez Final Press Conference

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Unbeaten WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol faces off against mandatory challenger Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez at today’s final press conference ahead of Saturday night’s clash at the Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi. Bivol is coming off a huge upset win over Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in May, where he retained his 175lb world title via a unanimous decision to make it 20 wins from 20 fights.

Dmitry Bivol: “I really had a big dream to win this belt and I don’t want to leave it. I will fight for this and I want to keep it. I want more…I have been here since September 27th. I feel like I had everything that I needed for training…when people tell me that I have achieved everything it’s like they pour water on my fire. I try to only think about my dream, to realise my full potential. I try to be hungry and angry every time and be focused on training and my opponents. I try to think about how this Saturday night will be the hardest fight of my career. It makes me more focused on the night.”

Zurdo Ramirez: “I really believe that I can become a two-time world champion on Saturday…I’ve been training hard for this fight and I will take the belt this Saturday that’s for sure. 44 tried, 44 fell. I hope that the people enjoy the fight because this is the type of fight that fans like to see in boxing…my goal is to become a two-time world champion, continue to build my legacy and eventually to become a legend.”

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  • I agree with RWB.. winner needs to fight Beterbiev. Zurdo is the bigger man .. I wonder what they will weigh on fight night? Bivol should win by decision but the size of Zurdo makes it interesting.

  • One day in a non distant future we gonna see a referee dressed like the man in the center

  • Skills pay the bills!

    Bivol is the far superior technician with the exceptional amateur background.

    44-0 seems impressive, but if you look closely at Ramirez’s career and aren’t blinded by the smoking mirrors, you’ll notice that his record is better than his opposition was!

    Still super psyched about the fight, but I expect Bivol to outclass him and maybe even stop him late.

    May the best man win!

    I think Bivol would smoke Beterbiev as well!

  • How is Zurdo the bigger man as some people keep saying? Bivol fought at 178 lbs in the amateurs and 175 lbs in the pros and Zurdo has recently moved up from 168 lbs to 175 lbs. Stop with the pre-fight excuses, may the best man win…geez.

  • People in here saying bivol will beat beterbiev are smoking some world class drugs.

  • Weighing 205 lbs at fight time is not an advantage for Ramirez. He should be weakened more than anything and slowed. Your logic is skewed, Kurtis B. Gaskin. The advantage will be for Bivol.

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