Greg Leon: As somebody who has represented many fighters I can only imagine how difficult a time this has been for you following the passing of Maxim Dadashev. How hard has it been for you to continue to do business for and with your other clients with this still relatively fresh? Egis Klimas: "Greg, I don't want to comment about that. There's a lot of people with different opinions and somebody was writng about it and I'm reading the comments and it's people calling me all kind of different names and it's not something I really want to talk about.
GL: What's the latest with [WBO light heavyweight champion] Sergey Kovalev? Why do you think [world middleweight champion] Canelo Alvarez wanted to fight him? Do you think that fight will ever happen?
EK: "I think it's going to happen because Canelo wants to fight legends and Sergey is a legend. Sergey is the only name that Canelo wants to fight at 175lbs and Sergey is the biggest name at light heavyweight so I think that's why he picked Kovalev."
GL: What an interesting way to phrase it the biggest name. Having two of the top guys [Klimas also manages WBC light heavyweight champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk] prevents you from calling of them the best. (laughs)
EK: "He's the biggest name at the division right now." (doesn't laugh)
GL: How well do you see Kovalev dealing with [his next opponent] Anthony Yarde when there's all this Canelo talk in the air.
EK: "I can tell you 100% Sergey is only focused on Yarde. We know Yarde is a big puncher, but Sergey has much more experience and he will win that fight because he is more experienced and he can also punch as well. After his last fight we know Sergey is capable of doing a lot in that boxing ring."
GL: Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Luke Campbell is right around the corner. What can we expect to see from the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world on August 31?
EK: "I think we're going to see something different from him because Loma brings excitement in every fight. I think he's going to show everyone something different."
GL: Different in an exciting, entertaining way that the boxing fans will love?
EK: "That's what I think."
GL: Will there be three neutral judges for this fight? Are you concerned about any funny business?
EK: "There's always funny business when you go over to the UK, but you have to do what you have to do, but of course there will be neutral judges. According to the BBB of C, the referee will have to be assigned from the UK."
GL: Gvozdyk-Beterbiev [WBC/IBF light heavyweight] unification is all set for October 18th in Philadelphia, can you give us some thoughts on this fight?
EK: "That's the best fight that can be made in the light heavyweight division. Both guys have a chance, but I personally think Beterbiev is maybe a little bit too stiff and tight for Gvozdyk. Gvozdyk can move better than Beterbiev and I think Gvozdyk has a very good chance to come away with two titles."
GL: Is this a fight that he was pushing you to make?
EK: "He was always saying that he wanted to unify titles, so he wanted to fight with all of the champions. This is the opportunty that was there with Betebiev and we grabbed it right away."
GL: Do you see that fight going the distance?
EK: "This is boxing anything is possible, I can definitely see that happening. I know for sure that Betebiev is going to be looking for the knockout and he's going to be coming straight forward."
GL: Will Egidijus Kavaliauskas be fighting Terence Crawford next as I've been hearing?
EK: "It's what I've been hearing too, but nothing is done. Nothing is confirmed until it's announced and signed. There's a lot of talking going on, but right now I cannot comment on it."
GL: If he's not ready now he'll never be ready, but what kind of chance do you give Kavaliauskas to pull off that massive upset?
EK: "If he lands and he throws a couple of combinations the game can be over. But it's just an if right now."
GL: Closing thoughts for the fans?
EK: "Continue to support boxing-- boxing is great right now and it's only going to get better."
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