“We are not friends.” Dmitry Bivol spoke about Beterbiev, Usyk, Joshua and Fury


The holder of the title of “super champion” of the world according to the WBA in light heavyweight (up to 79.4 kg) Russian Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) gave an interview for the YouTube channel
“RB Sport: Martial Arts”.

In a conversation, Dmitry spoke about the unified champion from Canada Artur Beterbiev (18-0, 18 KOs). Bivol also answered questions about the upcoming rematch of the unified heavyweight champion Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) against British ex-champion Anthony Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) and WBC champion from Britain Tyson Fury (32-0-1 , 23 KOs).

– Now everyone is talking about your fight with Beterbiev. At the same time, I heard in the words, in my opinion, Bob Arum, that it will be difficult to organize it, because the television rights do not match.

— It really is. Beterbiev is on ESPN, I’m on DAZN. Beterbiev seems to have plans, I also have obligations in terms of a rematch (with Canelo Alvarez). That is, as long as it is.

– According to Arthur’s interview, one feels not that hostility, but some kind of tension. That is, he said that you cannot talk about the strength of his punch that you boxed with his sparring partner. How do you feel about his interview? Do they bother you?

– To be honest, I don’t know, I didn’t watch any of his interviews, so it’s hard for me to talk about this. But we are rivals, firstly, I guess. Maybe that’s why there is some tension.

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– If we talk about some kind of conflict, then you don’t have it?

No, I respect him. Of course, we are not friends with him, but when we were in the national team, everything was quite normal.

– Surely you will not miss the fight between Usyk and Joshua. I won’t ask who exactly will win. I ask – do you see how Joshua can win? Does he have any qualities?

– Undoubtedly. Of course have. Joshua can hit very well. And in boxing, we understand that a punch can come at any moment. Here is one of the qualities due to which he can win. Can hit Usyk.

– So he needs to rely on power, and not try to outplay Usyk?

– Of course, if he starts boxing with Usyk, there will be the same outcome. If he tries to do something, maybe we will see another fight. But in the first fight, I put Joshua as the favorite. Usyk pleased me very pleasantly, to be honest, with his victory. I think Usyk has more chances to win now.

“The winner of this fight will most certainly fight Fury. What’s special about Fury? Because from the outside he is absolutely not a sports person, but no one can defeat him.

– Firstly, he is a very cool boxer for the entire boxing industry in general. He is a very interesting person who is not left without attention. Regarding his boxing qualities, he is confident, and he has such a boxing IQ, due to which he wins. He’s agile, he’s big, he’s got enough speed, he’s got a good boxing IQ. Here are his qualities, due to which he wins.

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