Dmitry Bivol has something to prove as the Russian powerhouse bids for a career-best scalp this weekend.
The WBA light-heavyweight champion battles Canadian legend Jean Pascal on HBO in his highest profile task to date.
Speaking on the clash, Bivol said: “It’s very important for me. 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.
“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 and look forward to my next title defense on HBO.”
His opponent, Pascal has shared the ring with Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev, although could still be one loss from retirement.
“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.
The event is promoted by Main Events and World of Boxing in association with Jean Pascal Promotions.
Bivol v Pascal will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Tickets range between $30.00 and $150.00 and go on sale Friday, October 26 through HardRockHotelAtlanticCity.com and Ticketmaster.com.