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Big-time boxing returns to Stockholm!
The NORDIC FIGHT NIGHT hits the Hovet on April 23.
Big-time boxing returns to Stockholm when Team Sauerland presents the Nordic Fight Night ‘Capital Showdown’ on April 23 at the Hovet.
IBF Intercontinental Champion Erik Skoglund takes on the tough South African Ryno Liebenberg, while WBC Female Super Welterweight Champion Mikaela Lauren defends her title against former World Champion Ivana Habazin.
Skoglund has been at the forefront of the revival in Swedish professional boxing. Last September, the 24 year-old from Nyköping made history when defending his IBF title against Oleksandr Cherviak – the first fight over championship distance on Swedish soil since the ban on professional boxing in 1969.
Three months later, the ‘Swedish Sensation’ returned with a one-sided points victory over the American knockout specialist Derek Edwards – the only man to have beaten current Swedish World Champion Badou Jack.
Now, Skoglund must prepare for his next challenge, a twelve-round battle with the 31 year-old South African Ryno Liebenberg, who is coming to Stockholm full of confidence, believing he has the beating of IBF Intercontinental Champion.
‘’Erik can run, but he can’t hide. I’m coming for him,’’ says Liebenberg. ‘’The South African fans know me: I come to fight from the beginning to the end, and will do everything it takes to get the decision. Erik is well-schooled, well-rounded boxer, but I’m confident I can beat him!’’
Skoglund, who is already four weeks into his training camp, expects his South African opponent to provide a stern test, but plans to prove he is ready for a World title challenge with his first victory of 2016.
‘’Ryno is a tough opponent,’’ says Skoglund. ‘’He’s more of a brawler than a boxer, but he is a dangerous fighter. He’s strong and he can punch. It will be a good test for me. If I put in a good performance and get a clear decision, it will show that I’m ready for a World title challenge.’’
Swedish World Champion Mikaela Lauren returns following a fifth-round TKO victory over Jennifer Retzke to put her WBC title on the line against the tough 26 year-old Croatian Ivana Habazin, a former IBF World Champion.
‘’Ivana is a great opponent,’’ said Lauren. ‘’I’ve wanted to fight her for years, and finally I will get the chance to stand eye-to-eye with her in the ring.
‘’She is a former World Champion, and technically, a very good fighter. I believe she is one of the best female fighters in the World. She has also never been stopped before. It will be a tough fight, but I want to make a statement by becoming the first fighter to stop her.
Lauren is looking forward to defending her title at her hometown arena. ‘’It’s a dream come true to fight so close to home,’’ she said. ‘’I live only five minutes away from the Hovet so it couldn’t be a better occasion for me.’’