Light heavyweight Ismayl Sillakh (17-0, 14 KOs) has been trying to get a high-profile matchup in his division, but says it’s been tough to find a top fighter willing to face him.
Following the WBC’s recent meeting which resulted in a mandated rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson, Sillakh gave exclusive comments to RingTV.com correspondent Alexey Potapov regarding his next fight against former world champion Jean Pascal:
“I know about the decision of the WBC,” said Sillakh, THE RING’s No. 10-rated light heavyweight. “At the WBC meeting, when the situation in the light heavyweight division was being discussed, representatives for Hopkins, Pascal and Dawson refused to fight with me. The representatives of Dawson demanded a rematch with Hopkins, and representatives of B-Hop said he would fight the winner of a Sillakh-Dawson matchup.
“Gary Shaw, promoter of Dawson dismissed this idea. Then there was a lot of discussion, and the board voted in favor of a Hopkins-Dawson rematch. After that, Pascal’s people tried to get a rematch with Hopkins or Dawson, and WBC President Jose Sulaiman asked them whether they are ready to fight with Sillakh? They dodged the question, and the president several times asked whether they want to fight with me; they said that it makes no sense.
“Then I went directly to the microphone and asked the representatives of Pascal: ‘Are you ready to fight me, yes or no?’ They replied, ‘No problem.’
“Do not be surprised if they try again to avoid a fight with me. Pascal is afraid of me!
I’m ready to go to the next level, ready to conquer the former champions! I see no problems. Pascal is an ordinary boxer. He’s not a super champion like Roy Jones, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather … Believe me, I’ll destroy him!“