The first guest of the new “RingSide Show” hosted by Alexey Potapov and Vyacheslav Ponochevniy was unbeaten WBO light middleweight champion Sergey Dzinziruk, who had been campaigning in Europe, but will now resume his career in the United States. Dzinziruk spoke about how a promotional dispute with Universum Box-Promotion kept him out of the ring for all of 2009. He has been ordered by the WBO to defend his belt by March 2010 and will do so under the promotional umbrella of Gary Shaw Productions and Banner Promotions. His deal with GSP/Banner is for six fights, approximately 2-3 fights a year. He has agreed to give Universum a percentage of his purse in his March fight to buy out any future commitments with the German promotional powerhouse.
The WBO had mandated that Dzinziruk face interim champion Alfredo Angulo, however that may not happen right away. “There were talks about it, but I knew from my sources that Angulo is going to have a preliminary fight in April,” he stated. “That’s why I’m not sure that I will box with Angulo in March. I am simply obliged to be in the ring.”
As for Angulo, Dzinziruk said, “I saw some of his fights. He’s a power boxer, energetic, wins fights through force. That’s why it’s necessary to be well prepared for such a boxer, to use cunning, clever, technical boxing.”
He doesn’t think he will have any problems adapting to life in America. “I’ve been in sports all my life. I’ve spent my whole career in various places and getting used to a new way of life isn’t difficult for me. Before Germany, I spent two years in England.” He added that in any event that he’ll be spending a lot of time in the gym.
As far as American judging goes, he stated “I certainly understand that in Germany I was who I am. In America I need to prove that I’m a good boxer, that I am ready to go out in the ring against any boxer. But I repeat, that Banner Promotions is not a novice in professional boxing and they have an influence on judges, that judges are maximally objective.”
The next RingSide Show will feature WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.
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For Russian-speaking boxing fans, the RingSide Show and interview with Sergey Dzinziruk is available at http://www.youtube.com/user/RingSideShow The show is hosted by journalist Alexey Potapov and “Megasport” and “Inter” TV commentator Vyacheslav Ponochevniy. It is featured at Fightnews.com and Sport.ua.