Bivol On Benavidez: “We Had Good Sparring; The Fight Is Different”

Dmitry Bivol Confirms Benavidez Sparring Story

Dmitry Bivol and David Benavidez sitting in the gym
Dmitry Bivol confirms a sparring session with David Benavidez (credit: Esther Lin)

Dmitry Bivol Revisits Sparring Session With David Benavidez


WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (23-0, 12KO) has no problem with David “The Monster” Benavidez (29-0, 24KO) wanting to fight him. In addition, Bivol talked about the sparring session that once took place with Benavidez.

Tired of waiting on undisputed super middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Benavidez has captured the WBC Interim light heavyweight title. His victory over one-time champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk put him on track to fight for the undisputed crown.

Some fans weren’t impressed with The Monster’s performance as he failed to score a knockout. However, the two-time WBC super middleweight champion revealed that he had torn tendons in the right hand. Benavidez wasn’t shy about calling out Bivol or unified champion Artur Beterbiev. His confidence in being able to deal with Bivol comes from their old sparring sessions.

THEY BOTH DID GOOD

While speaking with Fight Hub TV, The Russian was very open about the sparring session.

“I remember. Yeah, we had a couple of good sparring. I remember it was some good moments from my side and some good moments from his side. But you know it’s sparring. Sparring is sparring. You do things the coach tells you . . . you feel like you win this sparring because you did what your coach asked you.”

“In the fight, of course, it’s different.”

Bivol has a very valid point. In sparring fighters, are often working on something new to perfect the move going into the fight. Moreover, their sparring partner has the advantage of being able to defend against the move they know the fighter is working on.

It’s not to say you can’t take anything away from sparring, but things are so much different under those bright lights. The WBA champion is waiting for Beterbiev to heal from an injury. Yet, some pundits believe Benavidez may step in, providing the unified champion hasn’t fully recovered in time.

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Garrisson Bland - Head of Public Relations/Senior Journalist. Garrisson is the Head of Public relations for 3kingsboxing.com as well as a senior writer. He is also the host of YouTube boxing show "Truth And Facts Sports Talk."