|Vitaliy Demyanenko Interview: "I want all the top names in the welterweight division!"
By "Big Dog" Benny Henderson Jr, Doghouse Boxing (March 26, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
147-pound rising star Vitaliy
Demyanenko 20-0, 12 KOs is making a name for himself in the bang for
your buck sport, and now with his recent dominating win over Ghana
born boxer Ayi Bruce, Demyanenko is looking for the bigger names in
the division, and boldly states to all in the welterweight division,
"I want all the top names!" In this exclusive interview,
Vitaliy speaks on his recent win and his seemingly bright future,
Benny Henderson: Vitaliy, you’re
undefeated (20-0, 12 KOs) and recently coming off of an impressive
unanimous decision against Ayi Bruce (21-5) where you won every round
on the scorecards. Can you tell us about that fight?
Vitaliy Demyanenko: I trained
really hard in preparation for that fight and it showed on fight
night. I took control from the opening bell and continued my
dominance throughout the fight. I was in great shape because of the
hard work I put in the gym.
BH: What are you goals for the rest
VD: I want to fight for a
regional title soon. I was stripped of my PABA and WBO Asia Pacific
welterweight titles because on inactivity. My plan is to stay busy
and get many fights this year.
BH: Can you talk about Boxing360,
you’re promoter, and how that’s working out for you?
VD: Mario Yagobi worked very
hard to get me this fight and I’m happy that my opponent didn’t
pull out. It’s very difficult getting me fights but I have faith
in Boxing360 that they’ll keep me busy. I'm looking forward to a
BH: Do you see yourself fighting on
VD: Yes I would like very much
to be featured on television. Maybe a ShoBox or ESPN show. Any
television exposure would be great. Boxing360 is working on it.
BH: Is there any fighter out there
that you want to call out or challenge?
VD: I want all the top names at
welterweight. I’m ready to challenge the best out there.
BH: Now that you’re back home in
Kazakhstan for the time being, are you looking to stay there for a
while or come back to the states to continue training?
VD: I’m going to stay here
for a month, and spend some time with my family and friends, then
return to the U.S. and start my training again.
BH: Your father Viktor Demyanenko
was a silver medalist in the 1980 Olympics. Was he the reason why
you wanted to be a professional boxer and has he always been
supportive of your decision?
VD: My father has always tried
to steer me away from the boxing ring, but I’m doing this for my
own personal goal. I want to become a world champion. My father
could not compete internationally on a professional level, so I am
living that dream for him, even though he wishes I would come home
for good and discontinue my professional boxing career.
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