Reigning WBA Intercontinental heavyweight champion Denis Boytsov (25-0, 20 KOs) faces the challange of Jason Gavern (18-5-3, 8 KOs) on Saturday in Rostock, Germany. The unbeaten Boytsov (23) is currently rated WBA #5 and WBO #6. Here’s what the Universum heavyweight KO Artist had to say about the fight and much more.
This Saturday will be your first bout with live TV coverage on ZDF. Is this something special?
“Not really. It shows me that people love my style of boxing. But inside the ring I don’t see any cameras. I just see the fists of my opponent.”
For the past five years you have been living in Hamburg. How is life in this city, in this country?
“People in Hamburg are very friendly. Here you have a lot of water and a lot of churches. Its a very beautiful city. Russia is my homeplace, but I really love Hamburg. For me it’s the capital of heavyweight boxing right now. The Klitschkos also live and train here, Ruslan Chagaev, and me.”
What’s your next goal?
“To beat Jason Gavern. But my biggest goal is to become a world champ. Next year will be my year. In 2010 you’ll see a bombastic Boytsov. I hope I’ll get a world title fight. Universum is working for me in order to realize this dream. They did it with the Klitschkos, they did it with Chagaev. Hopefully they will achieve it with Denis Boytsov. I am happy here. But I am just 23 years. I know that my time will come.”
You and Vitali Klitschko share the same trainer. How is your relationship with Fritz Sdunek?
“To me he is like a father. I like to work with him very much. I learn a lot from him. The Klitschkos, Michalczewski, Grigorian, Erdei, Balzsay – he worked with big champions. For me he is the greatest coach on this planet.“
You can see highlights of the fight on Sunday morning at www.boxing.de/en.htm