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The Russian came to boxing because of “the fault” of Jackie Chan and Van Damme

Since childhood, Dmitry Bivol He fell in love with contact sports, like the one he practices today and in which he is world champion, but his was


Since childhood, He fell in love with contact sports, like the one he practices today and in which he is world champion, but his was not given by inheritance or by visiting an event. The taste of him was born through television.

Like many Russian children, Bivol grew up with movies and series produced in the United States. This is how he met his first two great idols: and Jean-Claude van Damme.

The feature films that both used to star in had a brutal impact at the time little Dmitry, who asked his parents to enroll him in a contact sport school.

The choice was not boxing. Bivol dabbled in karatewhere he could not stand out, but later he was encouraged to practice boxing… And everything changed.

With a great amateur career, in which he won 268 of the 283 fights he played, Bivol jumped to professionalism and it didn’t take long for him to be proclaimed light heavyweight champion of the World Boxing Association, a status that this Saturday he will put into play against the best pound for pound in the world: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.