Dmitry Bivol and Gilberto Ramirez are just a day away from their WBA light heavyweight title fight in Abu Dhabi.
Bivol made it clear during Thursday’s press conference that he’s going to make sure he’s successful while Ramirez is looking for the upset.
“I really had a big dream to win this belt and I don’t want to leave it. I will fight for this and I want to keep it,” Bivol said.
“I want more. I feel I have something inside of me which I need to realize so I can be happy at the end of my career.”
Bivol is coming off of one of the biggest wins in his career. In May, he stopped undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez in his quest to picking up another division title.
The upset win sent shockwaves through the boxing world.
Bivol used that for his case to fight for more belts – which would be against three-belt champion Artur Beterbiev – but that goal had to be put on pause as he was ordered to make a mandatory defense against Ramirez.
“Right now I just see it as becoming a two-time world champion, I don’t see it like me becoming a boxing star. My goal is to become a two-time world champion, continue to build my legacy and eventually to become a legend. That’s my goal,” Ramirez said.
Ramirez, like Bivol, has yet to taste defeat in his career. He is coming off of a knockout win over Dominic Boesel in May.