Dmitry Pirog Wants Martinez, Sturm Unification Fights

By Vladimir Begun Jr.,

WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog will make a voluntary defense of his belt on March 11 in Yekaterinburg. We caught up with Dmitry to discuss the details of the forthcoming fight. After winning the title last year with a sensational knockout of Daniel Jacobs, Pirog wanted to unify with the champions, Sergio Martinez of the WBC and Felix Sturm of the WBA. The fights didn't happen, but he wants those fights in the near future.

"I consider it my duty as the reigning world champion to hold at least one title fight in Russia. This is a huge plus for the promotion of sports and boxing in Russia," Pirog said. "After winning the world title, I immediately wanted to hold a unification bout. It is very important."

"The boxers have their managers and promoters, and each of them, to some extent, tries to make the most convenient path for themselves and their athlete. But we must not forget that there is a strong army with millions of fans who want to see these kind of fights. Real, beautiful, big fights. Champions vs. Champions. And we should strive for this as boxers."

"We put 100% into our efforts to organize a unification bout or a big fight with one of the famous boxers in the United States. Our party tried with Pavlik, Martinez and others. We sought such battles, and they did not take place - but it's not our fault. And since trying to make a big fight in America did not happen, then the next reasonable step is a voluntary defense in Russia."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BoxingTech718 on 01-15-2011

I think a fight against Martinez would let us know if Pirog is the real deal or Jacobs was just too green. Even a close fight with Martinez would tell us something, so I really prefer that fight to happen.

Comment by warp1432 on 01-15-2011

Peter Manfredo would be a good option for his fight in March, but it's probably too soon. Also I wouldn't mind seeing Pirog fight Winky Wright.

Comment by GRUSTLER on 01-15-2011

[QUOTE=blackirish137;9957302]I have a pretty strong feeling we will never see Pirog against Sturm. I would be very happy to see how Pirog matches up wth either fighter. also....please stop referring to Pirog as young. hes 30 years old.[/QUOTE] How old…

Comment by Walt Liquor on 01-14-2011

[QUOTE=waxfondler;9956894]cant blame the guy, he is a nameless talent that cant get a fight in the usa... martinez wanted no part of pirog... pirog is a slick boxer with no name recognition... tough sell for any promotor. i just want…

Comment by Steak on 01-14-2011

I have a pretty strong feeling we will never see Pirog against Sturm. I would be very happy to see how Pirog matches up wth either fighter. also....please stop referring to Pirog as young. hes 30 years old.

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