The fight will be the first-ever outside of the United States for the 28-year-old Kazakh-born Niyazov. And with 12,000 of his countrymen expecting big things from him, Niyazov says he's feeling the pressure.
Here is what Niyazov had to say:
Q: Are you nervous, fighting outside the US and in front of so many people?
A: I feel a little nervous because it's my first time fighting here and I have to perform well. A lot of people, my fans, are coming just to see me, so I feel the pressure to do very well. in front of 12,000 people. They all know me. I got to look good.
Q: Why did you take this fight so far from where you've now lived for many years?
A: I live in the USA, I work in the USA. I have my family in the USA, so all my moves I make in regard to boxing are going to take place in the US. This was just an opportunity that I saw that can improve my boxing career.
Q: How did training camp go for this fight?
A: Training camp with my father went well. I am ready to perform and outbox the guy. I'm not looking for a knockout. I'm going to box the guy outclass him and the knockout will come by itself.
Q: How did you get the nickname Lightning?
A: The fans gave me this name. It's because of my fast hands. Sometimes when they see a knockout or knockdown it happens so fast they can't tell what happened.