Bivol on meeting the legend: “He’s so big…”


Russian light heavyweight Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) playing for Kyrgyzstan is preparing in Abu Dhabi (UAE) for the mandatory defense of the WBA Super title against the Mexican big man Gilberto Ramirez (44-0, 30 KOs) – they will fight on November 5 at Etihad Arena.

At the beginning of the month, Bivol met the NBA legend in the UAE Shaquille O’Neal – and even had a duel of views with this “super-super-heavyweight”.

Tells Champion: Shaquille? He’s so huge! Unrealistically big! I am very glad of this meeting, because when I was a kid, I could only see O’Neal on TV. He was very famous back then.”

Meanwhile, Ramirez opened up before the fight with Bivol. Says his sparring partner “Carnation kicks my ass every time.” And the Mexican called his dream in boxing.

O’Neill, a real boxing fan, was noted for his exhibition fights with the legendary Shane Mosley and Oscar De La Hoya. Then Shaquille fell in love with MMA, wanted to try himself there, but did not take the risk because of his advanced age.