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