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Dmitry Bivol: Stopping Joe Smith Jr is a good challenge

Dmitry Bivol thinks his fight with Joe Smith Jr will be a good one for fight fans.

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This Saturday streaming live on DAZN from Verona, New York, Dmitry Bivol defends his WBA “world” light heavyweight title against Joe Smith Jr in the main event.

Bivol (15-0, 11 KO) is the heavily favored man going on, with current odds somewhere around -2500 for Bivol, and +1000 for Smith (24-2, 20 KO). But Smith does have power, and he is a legitimate contender in the division.

Here are a few quotes from Bivol as he prepares for the fight:

“He’s a strong guy. I saw his fight against Bernard Hopkins, and he’s really strong. He has the same age like me, he’s young. But he has some minus points like many fighters that I will use to my advantage for my win. He moves forward a lot. This is a good challenge for me, to stop him.”

“I saw in his eyes when I met him, he wanted my belt. And I’m glad, because only that way it can make a good fight.”

”We are both of different styles. When two guys meet in the ring with different styles in boxing, it usually makes a good fight. I think it will be a good fight for boxing fans.”

”To be honest, I don’t think about the belt. I just think about who my opponent is, and what he can show me in the ring. All I think about is how I should beat him. In my sight, I feel like I should just beat him. Of course, the belt is good for history, but I only think about my opponent.”

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