Dmitry Bivol and Joe Smith Jr. participated in public training before their fight this Saturday at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York. Both fighters showed their offense to the press ahead of their fight on Saturday for the light heavyweight championship of the World Boxing Association (WBA) held by Bivol.
The Russian champion was strong and focused, as he is one of the most important names in the weight class and wants to retain his belt once again against a solid American contender. However, the media attention and status have not been cause for the champion to be overly confident for the fight.
“From the first time we saw him I saw in his eyes that he wants my belt. I’m happy because only in that way can it be a good fight,” said the powerful undefeated champion.
For his part, Smith, a native of Long Island, also showed his offense to those present and showed how motivated he is for the fight, which will be his first opportunity for a world title.
“Winning a championship means everything to me,” he said of the possibility of retaining the black and gold title. “This is why I have worked all my life, I cannot even express how I will feel when I win this title,” he continued confidently.
Bivol and Smith have yet to meet for the press conference and other activities prior to their fight. The champion comes into this most recent defense of his title with 15 wins, no losses, and 11 knockouts, while the challenger has a balance of 24 wins, 2 losses, and 20 knockouts.