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  • By Miguel Maravilla Photo Credit: Lina

Shabransky Media Day

Light heavyweight slugger Vyacheslav "Lion Heart Chingonskyy" Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs) of Los Angeles by way of Ukraine held a media workout Wednesday afternoon at the Westside Boxing Club in Los Angeles for his upcoming title bout against former undisputed light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) Saturday, November 25 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden live on HBO Boxing After Dark.

Here is what Shabranksy had to say

“Fighting Kovalev is a big thing. We are in it to win it and we’ll make the best of it,” Shabranskyy told Southern California

“Fighting for a world title — it’s all or nothing. Right now, I’m not thinking about [Kovalev]. I’m not thinking about what he has done or what he is doing. I’ll see him on November 25, and then after the fight, I’ll tell you about him.

"My training camp was great. I did all the necessary rounds of training for this fight. Now we're just working on the speed during these last two weeks."

"Dmitry Bivol [WBA Light Heavyweight Champion] and David Benavidez [WBC Super Middleweight Champion] have helped me a lot with sparring. They come to the gym and they give me real work. We just train real hard and help each other. It's great being able to spar and train with these champions."

"This is a very big event. Fighting for a world title--it's all or nothing. Right now, I'm not thinking about [Kovalev]. I'm not thinking about what he has done or what he is doing. I'll see him on Nov. 25, and then after the fight, I'll tell you about him."

"I was so excited when I found out this bout would be for a world title. I had accepted the fight before knowing it would be for a world title. We got the call from his side and we took the fight. But then the WBO called and we were very excited. I'm very hungry and prepared to win."

Shabranskyy will square off against Kovalev for the vacant WBO World Light Heavyweight championship.

“At first we weren’t fighting for a title. Then I found out that I would be fighting for a world title since it was vacant. This is a big inspiration. You’ll see a whole different Shabranskyy!”

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