Tuesday’s press conference ahead of the European Middleweight Championship on Friday in Multiversum Schwechat, Austria was more about respect than anything else. Before both boxers shared their thoughts with the local press, challenger Marcos Nader (16-0, 2 KOs) presented a Sacher cake to champion Roberto Santos (18-6-2, 10 KOs), who turned 31 today. Surprised by this gesture, the "Tiger of Benidorm" spontaneously hugged his upcoming opponent to thank him.
However, this event was about their bout this upcoming Friday so both got serious. First up to talk was the hometown favourite Marcos Nader: "For sure, Roberto Santos is a big challenge to overcome. But with the so-called ’Third Fist’ - my fans in support - I am absolutely convinced to crown myself the new European Middleweight Champion come this Friday."
Furthermore, the 22-year-old thinks he has the right strategy to beat the Spaniard. "Not much time has passed since my last fight - and the same applies to Roberto. We both fought on September 15 and both, me and my coach Otto Ramin, could watch him fight in Bamberg. There, I saw strengths and weaknesses he has as a fighter. Therefore, I could prepare myself perfectly and will exploit those weaknesses with the right tactics.
But Santos was also an interested onlooker when Nader fought Bertu the night the Spaniard won the EU Middleweight Championship. "He has a pretty good technique which is no surprise to me as he has a vast experience shown by his amateur background." However, the man to defeat Dominik Britsch is in the shape of his life by his own admission and wants to give prove of this fact at the Multiversum. "I travelled two times to Germany, haven’t lost and won my biggest fight to date there - so you could say that fighting abroad is no disadvantage to me."
Before the press conference concluded, the now 31-year-old defender of the title praised Team Nader. "I thank all of you for your hospitality. It’s nice to fight under these conditions. I’m also awaiting an opponent inside the squared circle who also impresses me on a personal level. Today I received a gift from Marcos but inside the ring he should be prepared for a hard and fair contest."
Nader returned the favour to Santos by saying: "This will be a fight on a level playing field. My present should show that I have a lot of respect for him. But come November 2 it’s all about my career as a boxer and it should be continued in a positive way for me - with a win!"
October 30, 2012