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21 DECEMBER 2014

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Nordic Fight Night Returns On Sept 13


Following a summer break the Nordic Fight Night returns on September 13. As always the event will showcase Scandinavia’s top boxing talent including rising Danish stars Micki Nielsen (14-0, 11 KOs), Torben Keller (10-0-1, 3 KOs) and Abdul Khattab (7-0, 3 KOs). TAP1, the former Carlsberg bottling plant in Copenhagen, will provide a unique setting for the night’s action.

 

Micki Nielsen is back following the third round stoppage of Igor Pylypenko in Moscow and the hard-hitting cruiserweight is relishing a return to the ring. "I feel good,’’ said Nielsen, the current WBC Youth Cruiserweight Champion. ‘’I have been training hard and had some great sparring with my teammate Otto Wallin. My last fight in Moscow was a good experience for me. I learnt a lot from testing myself away from home. However I am looking forward to being back in Copenhagen – close to my hometown of Albertslund. It’s going to be a party! And my fans rarely say no to a good party.’’

 

Nielsen will be joined by Torben Keller and Abdul Khattab, who are both feeling the benefit of a summer spent training with former five-time World Champion Mikkel Kessler.

 

"I’ve spent much of the summer training at Mikkel Kessler’s gym,’’ said Keller. ‘’It has really helped me to raise my level of boxing both physically and technically. I’m excited to get out and show my fans some entertaining boxing again. It’s been a while since a boxing event took place in central Copenhagen, I am sure there will be a great atmosphere”.

 

"I’ve been training all summer with Mikkel Kessler and Torben Keller,’’ said Khattab. ‘’I would be ready to go into the ring tomorrow. I always feel at home whether I box in Jutland or in Copenhagen but I expect to get extra support when the Nordic Fight Night arrives in my backyard in Copenhagen."

 

Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: ‘’We are delighted to bring the Nordic Fight Night back to Copenhagen. This is the start of the new season and the first of many action-packed Nordic Fight Night events we have planned. There will be three title fights and some top Danish talents on display at TAP1. I would urge all fans to join us on September 13 for what will be a memorable night of boxing.’’

 

 


Klara Svensson
Klara Svensson
Erik Skoglund
Erik Skoglund

On the same card ‘’The Swedish Princess’’ Klara Svensson (13-0, 5 KOs) gets her first shot at World glory when she faces Marie Riederer (15-1-1, 10 KOs) for the interim WBC Female World Light Welterweight Championship, while Swedish light heavyweight Erik Skoglund (20-0, 11 KOs) makes a third defence of his European (EU) title and challenges for the vacant IBF Intercontinental belt against Stefano ‘’The Hammer’’ Abatangelo (18-3-1, 6 KOs).
 
‘’I have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time,’’ said Svensson. ‘’I am happy to finally get the chance to fight for a World title. I am expecting a tough fight. On paper Riederer is the best opponent I have faced so far in my career but I am looking forward to the challenge."
 
‘’I have put in a lot of work at the gym. I am eager to show how I have improved. My physical conditioning is the best it has ever been. Fans are going to see a faster, more aggressive, explosive fighter and we will have to see how much of that Riederer can stand. It’s going to be a great fight and I am expecting a lot of Swedish fans to travel over to Copenhagen to cheer me on.’’
 
‘’This is the most important fight of my career,’’ said Svensson’s opponent Riederer. ‘’It is an honour to fight for the WBC interim title. I have watched a few of Klara’s fight and she is good boxer with good technique but she lacks power in her punches and that is where I will have the advantage. On September 13, I will make sure I bring the belt back to Germany with me.’’
 
Skoglund, the current European (EU) and WBC Youth World Champion, can continue his climb up the world rankings by adding the IBF Intercontinental title to his collection when he faces Abatangelo on September 13. ‘’Winning the IBF Intercontinental title would be another step up for me,’’ said the 23 year-old Swede. ‘’It would put me in a great position in the IBF rankings and could lead to a World title fight in the near future.’’
 
Abatangelo is no stranger to Skoglund and his coach Karsten Roewer. The 32 year-old Italian has already faced another of Roewer’s protégés, the current WBA World Light Heavyweight Champion Juergen Braehmer.
 
‘’I saw  Abatangelo’s fight with Juergen Braehmer,’’ said Skoglund. ‘’He proved himself to be a tough, physically strong boxer with good punch resistance. He is shorter than me so I expect him come and try to fight on the inside. My plan is not to let him. I will make sure I am prepared for the full twelve rounds and even though he is a strong opponent, I am confident that I will win.’’
 
‘’Erik has to be wary of Abatangelo’s brawling style as the Italian likes to come in swinging, exploding with both hands,’’ said Roewer. ‘’However, physically Erik has the advantage. He will have to use his jab, countering Abatangelo with his right when he tries to jump on him.’’
 
Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: ‘’We are delighted to announce these two exciting Swedish title fights. Both Klara and Erik have tough tasks ahead of them but we believe they are up to the challenge. Copenhagen is only a short distance away from Sweden so we will be a expecting an army of Swedish fans to journey over bridge to support their fighters.’’

 

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