WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol hopes victory over Sullivan Barrera at Madison Square Garden in New Saturday will elevate him into a unification fight with either WBO titleholder Sergey Kovalev or WBC king Adonis Stevenson.
Speaking at the press conference to promote his title defence against Barrera, Bivol said: "I know this is a big fight and I’m excited to get to fight a guy like Barrera. I’m glad I’m in a big fight because I trained very hard. I train like every fight is my last fight because every fight is the most important fight. On Saturday night, the fans will get to see what I am on all about."
"I know Barrera is very strong and is a tough fighter. I had very good sparring partners to help me prepare for Barrera and that makes me believe that I will be the winner and stay champion."
Bivol added: "After this, I want to fight the best fighters and I want to fight other champions so I can get more belts - whether that will be Kovalev or Stevenson. After this fight I will get with my team and we will decide who to fight next but I always want to fight the best but now I am only thinking about Barrera."
However, before Bivol can dream about unification bouts he must first defeat Barerra on Saturday while Kovalev defends his title against Igor Mikhalkin on the same card and Stevenson is scheduled to put his WBC title on the line against Badou Jack.