By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro; Two time Featherweight Champ Choijiljavyn Tseveenpürev, better known to British fans simply as ‘Choi’, is set to face WBC Asia Champion Bandung Patavikorngym on the Hard Knock Boxing Promotions ‘This is Hard Knocks’ event at York Hall in London this coming Friday night.
On Friday last week this reporter caught up with Choi to have a quick chat about the upcoming fight amongst other things.
Rio - Thanks for talking with me today. My first question focuses on the magnificent battle with Jackson Asiku back in June. What are your thoughts on that great victory?
Choi - Before the fight everyone was expecting Jackson to win.
He was very confident, he was very tough. He’s a very dangerous guy, if I gave him chance he’ll try it. He’s a warrior, I’d fight him again, I like tough guys. I like to fight Warriors, I like them to come and fight.
That fight was a very, very hard fight you know. Jackson is very tricky, talented fighter. Me and him it was like a war you know, from first round to the last round it was just like war.
Everyone was very excited in the hall, it was just mad, people was shouting Choi, Choi, Choi and Jackson, Jackson, Jackson. It was small hall but big crowd.
Rio - You’re headlining Hard Knocks Boxing’s first event to be covered by Premier Sports against Bandung Patavikorngym. Can you tell me your thoughts on this?
Choi - Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions is rising now, getting TV is a big achievement.
This kid I will be fighting is a very good, very talented, tough fighter. He’s very tough boy from Thailand, one of the real fighters, not a little cry baby you know. He’s won nineteen fights, ten knockouts. It’s a good achievement.
It’ll be a hard fight.
I wish that after this fight, after I knock this kid out, I want title. I’ll fight anyone, Americans, Mexicans anyone. I want a big title, believe me I’ll show them my power and strength.
Rio - You touched on my next question already, are you looking to get back into contesting for Championships again?
Choi - I had two World(WBF) titles, I want a third. I gave back my first belt to fight for the WBU title, I won but never got another fight to defend it. Ricky Hatton defended his WBU title many times, I defended mine none.
Rio - Is there any particular title you are looking at, or any Champion you want to challenge for their title
Choi - Now the WBU is back I want to defend my title or fight for another one. I’ll fight for any sanctioning body but I want a big belt. I’ve waited for this chance for ten years, Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions promise me that I will fight for a big title for the British fans. I’m ready, I’ll fight any of the Americans, Mexicans, Asians that hold the belts, I’ll fight Gamboa (WBA champ Yuriokis Gamboa).
Rio - You had some time away from the sport between winning the titles and Prizefighter, why was that?
Choi - In two years a lot has happened, I hurt my leg and then retired, but many people wanted me to fight again.
Rio - I understand that you do a lot of charity work when you’re not preparing for a fight, can you tell us a little about this?
Choi - When I’m not boxing I work for home for homeless children. There are hundreds and hundreds of kids living rough in the towns and mountains in Mongolia, they don’t have much clothes and no food.
They’re living like rats, you know, eating anything they find. I want to give them all a home that is warm, really warm
I work for one charity, I go round and offer help. When I fight I give as much as I can and always help to look after them.
On 10th October this invitation for Charity event at the House of Lords “Let’s build a home for Mongolian children”.
Rio - Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me today and I wish you all the best for both the 7th October and also for the charity event.
Choi - Thank you.
Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ event, which will be headlined by Choi Tseveenpürev, takes place at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Friday 7th October 2011 and broadcast live on Premier Sports (Sky channel 433).
Tickets for ‘This Is Hard Knocks’ - priced £35 (Unreserved) and £60 (Ringside), are available now on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at The TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA. For further information please call 07960 850645.
October 3, 2011