Bisla Prepares for Interim WBC Title Fight with Gvozdyk

Canadian boxer Buneet Bisla faces Devin Tomko for the vacant Canadian light-heavyweight title on Saturday in Victoria. Bisla then prepares to face Ukraine's Oleksandr Gvozdyk for the Interim WBC light-heavyweight title on June 15 in Las Vegas.

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Bisla Prepares for Interim WBC Title Fight with Gvozdyk

Bisla Prepares for Interim WBC Title Fight with Gvozdyk

Canadian boxer Buneet Bisla is gearing up for a major opportunity as he prepares to face Ukraine's Oleksandr Gvozdyk for the Interim WBC light-heavyweight title on June 15 in Las Vegas. The 26-year-old Bisla recently completed a grueling six-week training camp, including three weeks in Miami with former WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez.

Reflecting on the intense training regimen, Bisla said, "The hard work's been done. Six weeks of a grueling camp... All it was, eat, sleep, train. Eat, sleep, train." Bisla, who started taekwondo at the age of four, has won numerous amateur boxing and kickboxing titles. He currently holds a professional record of 9-1-0.

Before his showdown with Gvozdyk, Bisla will face Devin Tomko for the vacant Canadian light-heavyweight title on Saturday in Victoria. Tomko, 31, has won his last two fights after suffering two straight losses. "He's a tough and durable guy," Bisla said of his upcoming opponent. "He's got quite a bit of a good name here in Canada... I know he's been trying to fight for the Canadian title for a couple of years now as well."

Bisla is predicting an early night against Tomko but is prepared to go the full 10 rounds if needed. His lone professional loss came last June against Khalil Coe. Reflecting on that setback, Bisla acknowledged, "I know if I fight [Khalil Coe] tomorrow, I can beat that guy. The main thing I was overconfident... I suffered that night, but that's all right because I learned a lot. It was a good learning experience for me. Stay humble, stay grounded, and work."

Bisla trains under the guidance of his father, Inder Bisla, a seventh-degree black belt in taekwondo who owns Bisla Martial Arts in Surrey. The younger Bisla's ultimate goal is to capture the Interim WBC light-heavyweight title against Gvozdyk and continue his ascent in the boxing world.

The Bisla-Tomko bout is part of an exciting stretch for Canadian boxing, with lightweight Prince Lucas Bahdi also set to face Argentine Juan Javier Carrasco on June 1 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. As Bisla prepares for the biggest fights of his career, he remains focused, humble, and determined to make the most of these opportunities on the national and global stage.