Main Events CEO Talks Kovalev, Bivol, More

Sergey Kovalev, Eleider Alvarez, Main Events CEO Kathy Duva, Dmitry Bivol and  the Manager of Dmitry Bivol (Vadim Kornilov) and Isaac Chilemba all participated in a conference call ahead of the "Super Men" card on August 4. You can see highlights below:

 

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Question:

"Would you rather see it as a unification fight between Dmitry Bivol and Sergey at some time or would you rather see it somebody outside of Main Events?"

 

Kathy Duva:

"It doesn't matter. What I have learned in all these years is making fights happen has to do with a whole lot of things that are outside of our control. So, first we have to get through a fantastic card and both guys in very competitive fights on August 4th and then we'll see what happens when we move on."

 

Question:

"Dmitry, after your fantastic performance last time out against a really crafty veteran, have you found you're getting more attention? Do you feel more pressure going into the Chilemba fight on August 4th?"

 

Dmitry Bivol:

"Yes, of course. Many more people are asking me questions. Many more people are paying attention to my boxing. I was prepared for that. I wanted to be recognized, but I don't mind the fact that there's more attention on me. I still continue to train very hard because mentally I'm a very stable person and I'm a stable fighter. If mentally I'm prepared and I'm physically prepared, then I shouldn't be worried about any distractions besides concentrating on the fight itself."

 

Question:

"Dmitry, is it more important for you to get a stoppage or just a win in this fight against another crafty veteran?"

 

Dmitry Bivol:

"Most important that people enjoyable fight. Enjoy the fight. That's most important."

 

Jodi Solomon, Manager of Isaac Chilemba:

"I'd just like to say thank you very much to Main Events for giving us this opportunity and as always you've been a first-class promotional company and I'm very happy to be working with you again." 

 

Isaac Chilemba, WBA Light Heavyweight Challenger:

"I would like Dmitry Bivol for giving me this opportunity. I want to thank Main Events and I want to thank my team. I would like to thank my manager, Jodi Solomon, for her good work. I want to thank Roy Jones. I want to thank all the fans, Hard Rock and HBO for this opportunity."

 

Question:

"Jodi, I get the sense from a lot of the media and the fans that they really see Isaac as an underdog here. He has had the opportunity to fight for titles before but it hasn't happened for him. Why do you get the sense that maybe this time will be different? Are we correctly assuming that he is a heavy underdog here?"

 

Jodi Solomon:

"I think you are correct in assuming he is the heavy underdog. If you look at Isaac's past and his history, that is when Isaac performs the best. When he has been favored to win, unfortunately, that has been when things seem to go wrong. I am very happy that he is being assumed as the underdog in this fight."

 

Question:

"Jodi, what can he do differently? What has he done differently in his preparation so he can get the win here?" 

 

Jodi Solomon:

"As far as I am concerned, I believe Isaac's speed and agility in the ring, and his experience, will be enough to help him get through the fight. I don't believe that Dmitry Bivol has faced anyone like Isaac but I do believe that Isaac, in his 32 professional fights, has faced a fighter like Dmitry Bivol."

 

Question:

"You have had the opportunity to fight both Alvarez and Kovalev and I was curious, do you have a prediction for how that will go or any comparison about the two of them as opponents?"

 

Isaac Chilemba:

"They are both tough fighters. One is more of a boxer and one is more of a puncher. The one who will win the fight on August 4 is going to be the one that comes out with their A game. The one that is going to bring their A game will be victorious. I cannot say which one that will be because I don't know how they are going to be on August 4. But the one that brings their A game will be the winner."

 

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