By Scoop Malinowski
Status: WBO Light Heavyweight Champion. Pro record is 25-0 (22 KOs).
Ht: 6-0 Wt: l75
DOB: April 2, l983 In: Kopeysk, Russia
First Boxing Memory: "My pain of my hands [smiles]."
Inspirations: "What motivates me? Knockouts in the ring. And my people to support me, my manager and my team who believe in me. They push, push me. I want to show a great fight."
Last Book Read: "Alphabet [smiles]."
Current Car: "VW Jetta."
First Job: "Sell the newspaper at nine years old."
Greatest Sports Moment: "When I got world title (KO 4 Nathan Cleverly last year)."
Most Painful Moment: "Some losses. When you won the fight and the judges gave it to the opponent."
First Famous Boxer You Met Or Encountered: "Few boxers...Sugar Ray Leonard. Mike Tyson. Roy Jones. Who was the first? ...De La Hoya. In LA. Wow. I was surprised, yeah. LA Stapes Center. One of the big fights."
Favorite Sport Outside Boxing: "Hockey."
Favorite Boxers To Watch: "Any Russian boxer."
Strangest Fight: "Yes, when I got my draw on my record."
Funny Boxing Memory: "Life is good. My friends are the happiest. Everything. Life."
Hardest Puncher: "Mike Tyson. (No, of your opponents?) Oh. In amateur. I don't remember his name. Because he was really a big puncher [laughs]. He was from Armenia."
Why Do You Love Boxing: "It's the sport of the man. Man's sport. I love boxing."
Pre-Fight Feeling/Mindset: "Just, of course, nervous. Special nervous. Because you're going to the fight. Pre-fight is a special feeling."
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "Vanilla [laughs]."
Why Do You Believe You Will Beat Stevenson: "Because I believe in me. Myself. Because I can do it. I know."
Pacquiao vs. Mayweather Who Wins: "I don't know. I want to see too this fight. But I don't know the result."
People Qualities Most Admired: "All sorts. Beautiful girls [laughs]. Funny people. Happy people. People who are doing well for their life, for anybody."
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