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
Vitaliy Demyanenko
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, enjoy.

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 of 2012?

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 busy 2012.

BH: Do you see yourself fighting on television soon?

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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