Beterbiev: Bivol fought my sparring partner for 12 rounds. I won't say how our sparring went."

WBC and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Arthur Beterbiev claims that the WBA title holder team Dmitry Bivol pulled his sparring partner right out of training camp to fight him.

“Honestly, I haven’t watched a single fight of Dmitry Bivol. Maybe I saw some fragments, but I didn’t watch a single fight. I'm interested, but when I sign a contract to fight with him, then I'll start studying, watching.

There are voluntary protections and mandatory ones. Mandatory is much more difficult. For example, when you sign a contract, you can set up a rematch in a voluntary defense. As a champion, side "A", you can put anything in the contract and dictate. And when you make a mandatory defense, everything is neutral there, the chances are evened out.

As I know, although I did not study Bivol, did not watch his fights, they chose opponents - this is him, him, him. I remember how he boxed with one guy - he was at my training camp, I was preparing for a fight with Gvozdik (apparently, we are talking about Lenin Castillo, - approx.). They took this opponent right from the training camp to box with him, and held a defense. I think they boxed 12 rounds. I won't say how the sparring went with this guy. I don't like to tell it. Out of respect for this guy, I don’t want to talk about how it was,” Beterbiev said in an interview with the MMATIKA YouTube channel.
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