Q&A WITH HEAVYWEIGHT ALEXANDER USTINOV
Press Release: On September 29th in Hamburg, Germany, underneath the Alexander Povetkin-Hasim Rahman WBA regular heavyweight title fight, Kubrat Pulev and Alexander Ustinov collide for the European heavyweight championship and also the IBF #1 ranking. In the following interview, the heavyweight colossus Ustinov talks about his chances of beating Pulev.
Q: Alexander Ustinov, On September 29th, you will challenge Kubrat Pulev for the European heavyweight championship. How is your preparation going?
A: Everything is going well. I am currently in the final moments of my sparring, so on the day of the fight I will be in tip-top shape and ready to win.
Q: What do you expect from Pulev and how are you going to deal with it?
A: We are both experienced professionals and know the boxing business pretty good. Kubrat will enter the ring to win just like me! It is going to be a great fight!
Q: You have won 21 of your 27 fights by knockout, while Pulev has only won 8 out of 16 by knockout. Would you say that you are the bigger puncher and that his power is not as much of a concern to you?
A: I do not consider myself just as a big puncher. I just do my job inside the ring. However, if there is a possibility to finish the combat in the early rounds - then why not? I will take the chance.
Q: You are currently promoted by K2, the banner of the Klitschko brothers. Have you actually sparred with them and if so, what have you learned by sparring them?
A: I have helped Vitali twice to prepare for a fight and it was always a great experience for me. After that, I have realised one very simple but very important thing: If you want to be the best, then you have to deal with the best. I am proud of being able to help Vitali.
Q: The fight against Pulev is not only for the European championship but also for the #1 spot in the IBF world rankings. Therefore, if you should beat Pulev, your next opponent could be Wladimir Klitschko. Are you thinking about that?
A: The Klitschko Brothers are currently the heavyweight kings. Everybody wants to face them, but not everybody has the chance to get into the ring with them. Well, if I should get that opportunity I will be very happy.
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