***Nielsen to defend WBA Intercontinental Title in Frederikshavn on September 22***
Patrick Nielsen will make a first defence of his WBA Intercontinental Middleweight Title at the Nordic Fight Night on September 22 when he faces Spaniard Jose Yebes in Frederikshavn. The undefeated 21-year-old has nothing but good memories of Arena Nord, having knocked out Gaston Vega in April in his biggest fight to date. “That was quite a spectacular evening,” Nielsen said. “Vega refused to go down and kept coming at me but I eventually got him. Everybody who wants to take my title away from me will get punished. The next one in line to make this experience is Yebes. He´ll go down for sure as I plan to give the fans in Frederikshavn another night to remember.”
Yebes, 32, boasts a record of 11 victories (5 KOs), 2 losses and 1 draw, while Nielsen has won all 15 of his fights as a professional. Together with his coach Karsten Rower as well as training partners Edmund Gerber and Tyron Zeuge, he is currently shaping up in the United States. They are visiting several gyms in New York and Philadelphia to learn more about the American boxing culture. “It´s great to get out of Berlin and do something other than work-outs in our gym,” Nielsen said. “We´ve been in some pretty rough gyms over here and got some very good training. It´s a fantastic experience.”
Promoter Nisse Sauerland is pleased with the path Nielsen´s career has taken. “Patrick has developed very well,” Sauerland said. “In less than six months, he became IBF Youth Champion, scored a flash KO in front of his home fans and won the prestigious WBA Intercontinental Title. He is already ranked in the ninth spot by the WBA and if he gets past Yebes, which I fully expect him to do, he will have a lot of exciting options. But first things first – Yebes will be a tough test.”
Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night are available at www.arenanord.dk . Also on the card will be the women´s fight of the year, WBA / WBC / WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus versus French KO queen Anne Sophie Mathis. More bouts will be announced shortly.
***Frederic Serre: "Mental strength gives me the edge"***
German boxer Jack Culcay (11-0, 7 KOs) is looking to land his first professional title in Berlin on August 25. The man standing in his way is Frederic Serre (13-6, 3 KOs) from France. In the bout for the WBA Intercontinental Light Middleweight Championship, Serre will be placed into the role of the underdog. But the 31-year-old has already fought on German soil and was victorious. Now he is planning on causing another upset for the home fans at the o2 World Berlin.
"I am very happy to be coming back to Germany," said Serre. "The closer the fight gets, the more I am looking forward to it. I want to put on a good show for the fans in Germany." But of course the Frenchman knows that in Jack Culcay he has a young and hungry boxer in front of him. Serre has been closely following the progression of the youngster and even saw his victory at the amateur world championships in 2009. "I know exactly how good he is. I watched him winning the world title on my TV," said Serre. "He has really quick hands and his technical ability is superb. He also possesses decent punching power."
Nevertheless, the orthodox fighter believes that he has a certain attribute to his game that could tilt the scale in his favour. "Mental strength, that is going to give me the edge," believes Serre. "I have been in many wars inside the ring but always managed to keep my composure." But for now, Frederic Serre and his coach Nouredine Sahnoune will continue their preparations at the "Ring Club Valley" Gym in his hometown of Marseille, France.
***Ulli Wegner: Arthur is a level above Stieglitz***
Arthur Abraham (34-3, 27 KOs) is reaching for a super-middleweight world championship. After two unsuccessful quests - fights against Carl Froch in November 2010 and Andre Ward in May 2011 - he is now aiming to get it right in his third attempt. In order to get the title, the former middleweight champion who climbed up to number one in the WBO rankings, has to take out the current WBO Champ Robert Stieglitz (42-2, 23 KOs). Coach Ulli Wegner gave his views on the upcoming fight at the o2 World Berlin, Germany.
Mr. Wegner, once again Arthur Abraham has the opportunity of becoming the Super-Middleweight World champion. This time he will fight it out for the WBO Title on August 25. How do you see his chances?
Ulli Wegner: If Arthur puts his full potential on display I have no doubt that he is going to win. But it's not possible to predict outcomes of any kind of sport related activity. Under normal circumstances Team Sauerland should have another world champion.
Robert Stieglitz is the defending champion. How strong of an opposition is he?
Ulli Wegner: I have nothing but praise for Robert Stieglitz and his attitude and aggressive style of boxing. He makes the best out of his abilities. But Arthur is a level above Stieglitz. If Stieglitz should win on the night he would be a 'Super Hero' in my eyes.
What kind of impression has Arthur Abraham made on you during your training sessions?
Ulli Wegner: We started our preparation in Zinnowitz, Germany and he did really well there. Now during the sparring sessions in Kienbaum, Germany he is slowly getting to his best. That is exactly how it is supposed to be in professional sports.
Abraham will be fighting in his home city of Berlin at the o2 World. Will the fans give him extra motivation?
Ulli Wegner: If that doesn't give him extra motivation he might as well stop right now. He has never been in such a great position of winning a super-middleweight world championship. He only has to grab this opportunity with both hands.