Dmitry Bivol is ready to build on his legacy as the tough Russian eyes the undisputed light-heavyweight crown.
The first part of that plan comes on November 24 in Atlantic City when Bivol battles Canadian Boxing legend Jean Pascal.
According to the betting sites, Bivol is a big favorite, although the 27 year-old is taking nothing for granted.
“Not too long ago, Pascal fought for three world titles and I watched on TV. Now he wants to take my title away. I am very happy to accept this challenge. I look forward to my next title defense on HBO,” said Bivol.
“It’s very important for me as it’s every boxer’s dream to be the champion, the unified champion. It’s a big step to dream about. Like (unified cruiserweight champion) Oleksandr Usyk.”
Pascal knows the importance of halting Bivol’s momentum and keeping his own career alive in the process.
“This is the most important fight of my life and I could not be more motivated,” said Pascal.
“I’m making boxing history on November 24th. I’m known as a champion who never turned down any challenges, but I want to be two-time champion and I want to be immortalized in the Hall of Fame when my career is over.
“To fully cement my status as a hall of famer, I must win this fight and I will win this fight.
“Bivol is a very good fighter and a difficult challenge, but greatness has never been achieved without overcoming difficult challenges.
“My Canadian fans should be very excited because all of the light heavyweight belts will be in our house for Christmas this year,” promised Pascal.
About Bivol-Pascal: Dmitry Bivol vs. Jean Pascal is a 12-round fight for Bivol’s WBA Light Heavyweight World Title on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.