WBA world light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (16-0) is set to defend his title this upcoming Saturday on the Oleksandr Usyk – Tyrone Spong undercard.
The 28-year-old champion will face Lenin Castillo (20-2-1) from the Dominican Republic in the co-main event of the evening. Bivol will make his debut in Chicago this weekend, but it seems he’s not too fazed with the kind of threat Lenin possesses.
Bivol is yearning for a fight with Sergey Kovalev or Saul Alvarez for some time now, but his desire hasn’t been granted so far. Dmitry believes that if he manages to get the job done this Saturday in The Windy City, he’ll get the winner of the highly anticipated bout between “Krusher” and Canelo.
“I’m looking forward to another important step in my career,” Bivol told The Ring through his manager Vadim Kornilov.
“I am very well prepared as always. I hope to see everybody in Chicago, I have never fought there before and I’m very excited.
🥊Dimitry Bivol vs Lenin Castillo
🏆WBA Light Heavyweight Title
📅Saturday, 12th October
🏟️Wintrust Arena, Chicago
🔎Preview and Prediction:
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“Castillo has some amateur background; he fought in the 2008 Olympics. He has fought Marcus Browne and gave him a good fight. I am always excited by a challenge.”
“I come to do my job and make sure that I win my fight,” Bivol explained. “I will do my best to make this as exciting a fight as I can but, at the same time, get the victory.
“I don’t only think about the knockdown. I always think that every opponent brings a risk and wants to take what I have; my world title. It’s my job and the job of my team to win the fight.”
“I am happy for Kovalev. I will be there for this fight. I hope that I can fight the winner next. It will all depend on Kovalev and how prepared he is. Canelo is also a great fighter, but both guys have a good chance to win this fight.
“I have my own road I need to take. I am only 16-0 as a pro. I know that my opportunity is ahead.”