Bivol vs Pascal Media Conference Call!
(to listen to conference call click on photo above)
This event is promoted by Main Events and World of Boxing. The bout will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
About Bivol-Pascal: Bivol vs. Pascal is a 12-round fight for Bivol's WBA Light Heavyweight World Title taking place on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. The co-main event is a WBA Intercontinental Super Bantamweight title fight between Murodjon Akhamadaliev and Isaac Zarate. The event is promoted by Main Events and World of Boxing, and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Tickets range between $30 and $150 and are on sale now through HardRockHotelAtlanticCity.com and Ticketmaster.com.
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2 Days: Dmitry Bivol!
Dynamite Dargan's Boxing Comeback Is On Track!
(Karl Dargan photo credit David Spagnolo/Main Events)
(November 14th) Karl "Dynamite" Dargan's self-imposed boxing hiatus ended in success with his shutout unanimous decision win in six rounds over Jonathan Perez in August.
Now that he's back in action, Dargan (18-1, 9 KOs) isn't burning daylight. He fights again close to home in Atlantic City on Saturday, November 24, on the non-televised undercard of Dmitry Bivol vs. Jean Pascal main event at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.
Dargan will face veteran Moises Delgadillo (17-17-2, 9 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico, in an eight-round lightweight bout.
"It darned near felt like a pro debut all over again," said Dargan of his return to the ring after three-and-a-half years away. "In the dressing room, I'm always nervous before my fights. This time, it felt like a new beginning for me. It felt good, just kind of getting some rust off. I felt I could have knocked (Perez) out and stopped him. It will take another fight or two."
Dargan said he lost his motivation when suffering his first loss in 2015, but now it's back. "A lot of fighters are not used to losing. When they take a loss, many don't come back. You never know what kind of a fighter you are until you take a loss.
"It felt good, just getting some of that rust off," said Dargan. "I felt I could have knocked (Perez) out and stopped him. But it will take another fight or two."
Dargan says the key was cleaning up his life outside the ring, and regaining the ability to devote himself to boxing. "I had to deal with my problems, to get my mind right and 100 percent on boxing," says Dargan. "You have to be 100 percent focused in the ring."
Dargan believes he's now in the right place at the right time with the right mindset in place, and feeling as fit as he ever has after his break from the sport to complete the package. "You gotta understand, in a physical sport like boxing, you should be resting your body. I may be 33, but I have a 23-year-old body. I've never felt better! I hadn't had a break since 1992," said Dargan.
Dargan says a knockout against his upcoming opponent Delgadillo isn't necessarily his goal. "I try to go round by round. I don't take a rest round. My goal is to win. We don't know what fashion, or how long it takes to win," said Dargan.
As for his strategy, "I don't ask who my opponent is. I let my trainer (Brother Naazim Richardson, who is also Dargan's uncle) figure it out and work on a game plan. He'll strategize everything, and I listen to him," explained Dargan.
Dargan is especially grateful for the loyal fans that have stuck with him and who enthusiastically support his return to the boxing ring, "I'm thanking my fans for sticking with me, staying in tune, and wondering where I've been. This is one of the positives. A lot of fans and boxing people said they were glad to see me back in the ring. They wonder why it took so long!" said Dargan.
Dargan says he hopes fans will spend part of their Thanksgiving weekend with him in Atlantic City. He plans to reward their patience with an entertaining performance on November 24.
Dmitry Bivol Los Angeles Media Workout
Ahead of Title Defense Against Jean Pascal on Nov. 24th!
(photos Craig Bennett/Main Events)
(November 7th) - WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol (14-0, 11 KOs) of Russia hosted a media workout at Churchill Boxing in Santa Monica, California on Tuesday, November 6 in preparation for his title defense against light heavyweight contender Jean Pascal (25-5-2, 10 KOs) of Montreal, Canada. Bivol and Pascal will fight in the main event at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on Saturday, November 24. The card featuring Bivol vs. Pascal will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Dmitry Bivol Quotes
About his opponent, Jean Pascal: "I saw his fights against (Sergey) Kovalev, and against Bernard Hopkins. He was different than he is now. I just want to win and make this defense."
"Of course I respect him as a boxer, but when I go in the ring, he will be my enemy."
A message for Pascal: "Thank you for taking this fight. I respect you, you've had a great career. Don't forget about training, we need to make a great fight for the fans who are buying tickets."
How Bivol sees the fight: "If I think I can get a knockout, of course I will do this. People want to see knockouts."
On his growing recognition by fans: "After fights on HBO, I feel I'm becoming more popular. People know me. When I walk the streets in Russia, people know me. When I go into some shops in L-A, people know me. I like it. That means people like my fights."
His goals as a fighter: "I want to fight the best, and do it for the people, for the boxing fans. I want to fight against the best, because I am next to the best (now), and I want to be the best."
"When I come to the ring, I don't think about my win. I think about making a great fight, a good fight so that people will be excited about my fights."
"When I was young, of course I had a dream to be a champion. But now, it's not enough for me. Now I want to realize my ability, and I want to show all my qualities to as many people as I can."
On scoring knockouts: "The most important knockout punch is not the hardest punch. It is the punch no one sees coming. It is the element of surprise."
On his upcoming fights: "Our team is open for everyone. I have a good promoter, I have a good manager. I hope they find for me a good way. I'm open for everyone, for every channel."
"I don't like to predict the future. I am open for all fighters, for all the best fighters. I want to make big fights for people, because now all the champions in our division are busy. Me too. We will see."
Message for fans about November 24: "Don't miss my fight, because I'm going to make something great in the ring and I hope you will be glad to see it."
On staying at light heavyweight: "Light heavyweight is my weight. But for a big fight, I can move down to super middleweight. And maybe in the future, I can move up. But it's too much for me now, because I'm not a big guy."
Vadim Kornilov Quotes
On the Pascal fight: "At the end of the day, Dmitry still has a tough test (against Pascal). He hasn't had 20 fights. He's fighting these guys with over 30, 40 fights. It's still a big, big thing for him to experience and to be a main event fighter."
On Bivol's future: "Next year we are talking about unification. We don't want to run ahead of ourselves, but if everything goes well in this fight.Pascal is a live dog, he's a real fighter. We have all the respect for him."
"He's excited about unification. Wherever we can get the biggest fight, biggest unification, it doesn't matter about the network. Dmitry wants anyone at 175. He's been wanting this for the last year."
On Bivol's greatest strength as a boxer? "Bivol's IQ in the ring. IQ is very important for any fighter, and Dmitry is one of the most intelligent fighters, that's very important."
Murodjon Akhmadaliev vs. Isaac Zarate
Named as Co-Main Event on Bivol vs Pascal Card Nov. 24th!
(Murodjon "MJ" Akhmadaliev Wins a Bronze Medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games)
(November 6th) Murodjon Akhmadaliev (4-0, 3 KOs), age 24, a 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and accomplished amateur originally from Uzbekistan, will make his American television debut in the co-main event of the HBO World Championship Boxing show featuring Dmitry Bivol vs. Jean Pascal fighting for the WBA World Light Heavyweight title at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City on Saturday, November 24.
Akhmadaliev will face Isaac Zarate of San Pedro, California, (16-3-3, 2 KOs) in a 10-round fight with the WBA Intercontinental Super Bantamweight title at stake. Zarate, age 27, is hot off his upset split decision victory over Horatio Garcia in September.
The bout will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Akhmadaliev lives in Brooklyn, New York, and trains in Indio, California with Joel and Antonio Diaz. "It's been my dream to fight on HBO where Roy Jones, Manny Pacquiao, and many other great fighters have fought. I can't believe that I'll have this opportunity," said Akhmadaliev. "I'm grateful to my promoter World of Boxing, to Dmitry Bivol for this chance, and of course HBO.
"Don't miss my fight. I'll bring the New Drama Show on HBO on November 24th," promised Akhmadaliev.
"We are very excited that Akhmadaliev will be featured with Dmitry Bivol's HBO appearance," said Vadim Kornilov, Akhmadaliev's manager. "This should be an exciting night of boxing. Akhmadaliev really knows how to get the fans out of their seats. I promise you'll be sorry if you miss this debut on November 24th."
As an amateur, Akhmadaliev won the 2012 and 2015 World Championship Silver Medal. In the 2015 final, he knocked down Michael "Mick" Conlan of Ireland, but lost the gold in a controversial decision. He won a Bronze Medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, and closed his amateur career as a 2017 Asian Games Gold Medalist. His amateur record stands at 300 wins with 80 knockouts, against just 15 losses.
After turning professional in 2018 and signing with Andrey Ryabinsky and World of Boxing, Akhmadaliev has now fought four times, with three knockout wins and one decision. A southpaw with power in both hands, it won't take long for American boxing fans to discover "MJ's" fan friendly, aggressive style, which should suit him well in the professional ranks and quickly make him a star.
"Every time MJ steps in the ring it is a spectacular show," said Kornilov, who co-manages Akhmadaliev with Oleg Frolov. "His favorite fighters are Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin and Vasyl Lomachenko, exceptional role models. He wants to become undisputed champion and a major star in his division in the first three years of his career. He is one to watch."
Dmitry Bivol To Defend WBA Title Against Hard-Hitting
Jean Pascal at the Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, NJ, Saturday, November 24th
Televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing!
(October 16th) - Dmitry Bivol will defend his WBA Light Heavyweight World Title against former Olympian and former WBC, IBO, and Ring Magazine champion Jean Pascal on Saturday, November 24, 2018 as boxing returns to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.
The event will be promoted by Main Events and World of Boxing, Bivol’s promoter, in association with Jean Pascal Promotions. The bout will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Bivol, age 27, of St. Petersburg Russia, risks his perfect record of 14 wins with no losses and 11 knockouts against the time-tested Pascal, who turns 36 on October 28, has 33 wins, 20 by knockout, against five losses and a draw.
Bivol is coming off a dominating 12-round decision victory over crafty Isaac Chilemba of Malawi on August 4. Pascal is fresh from an eighth round TKO over former UFC champion Steve Bosse at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec on July 20.
After storming through the amateur ranks, Bivol has quickly moved himself into position to take over the highly competitive light heavyweight division by facing top names and defeating them, one after the other. Bivol is open about his ambitious goals to fight all of the best opponents in the division, and to deliver entertaining fights in front of large audiences.
Bivol’s ultimate goal to unify the light heavyweight division: “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.”
Although he has a humble nature, Bivol is sure about his abilities. “Not too long ago, Pascal fought for three world titles and I watched on TV. Now he wants to take my title away, and I am very happy to accept this challenge and look forward to my next title defense on HBO.”
Vadim Kornilov, Bivol’s manager, added, “We are looking forward to another great performance by Dmitry Bivol on November 24th. Jean Pascal is a name everyone has heard, and we look forward to a competitive fight with this great champion.”
Andrei Ryabinski of World of Boxing, Bivol’s promoter, said, “We are glad to be putting together another fight for Dmitry Bivol together with HBO, Main Events and the Hard Rock. Look forward to a great fight between Dmitry Bivol and Jean Pascal!”
"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.
Manager Greg Leon is equally confident. “In my opinion Bivol is the best light heavyweight champion in the world, so this is an extremely difficult challenge for us. However, Jean is fighting for the hall of fame, history and legacy. That coupled with the intangibles he possesses that cannot be taught make him the most dangerous fighter Bivol has ever faced by far.
"November 24th will provide Bivol with a couple of new experiences; he'll be fighting in his first major main event and he'll be suffering his first loss as a professional,” said Leon.
Main Events CEO Kathy Duva said, “Main Events could not be more excited to return to Atlantic City for our second card at the Hard Rock’s Etess Arena. Our first card there on August 4 was a sellout, and we expect to build on that momentum by bringing Dmitry back to be in the main event on November 24.”
“Following up on the success of last August’s fight between Alvarez and Kovalev, this will just be another step forward in Atlantic City’s return to professional boxing,” says Bernie Dillon, Vice President of Entertainment for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, “I’m thrilled that Hard Rock can be a big part of that.”