“There is a lot of prestige in this fight. First of all it’s a Denmark vs. Sweden fight and that’s what the Nordic Fight Night is all about – to put the best Scandinavian boxers against each other. That’s what the Scandinavian crowd wants to see,” says Anthony Yigit ahead of one of the toughest challenges in his career.
“I have to be self-confident and I am. I am training hard and I believe I will be able to beat him. He is a good fighter, but I’m ready to step up and make a statement. In the end I will be the one with the hands raised.”
You had a very entertaining fight against Ryan Fields in Albertslund with lots of action. A lot of trading punches. How aware are you about being entertaining to watch?
“When people see me on the undercard I want them to think, that Anthony is always giving great performances. I felt that I had the control in the first three rounds in Albertslund and thought: Why not give the crowd something to cheer about? That’s what I love about boxing. I want to be the fight of the night. I want people to remember me.”
How did your love for boxing begin?
“My father introduced me to boxing and I began training when I was 15. I was also training in kickboxing, but I only liked the punching part. When I started with boxing I thought it was much more cool. I saw boxing as a gentleman sport. My trainer arranged a fight and I got this adrenaline kick. A feeling I never had before. I fell in love with that feeling and it’s a continuing love story.”
You had a great amateur career and went to the Olympics in 2012 losing in a very close fight to the eventual silver medalist Denys Berinchyk. Did that spark your ambitions?
“The Olympics was amazing. It was the result of a lot of hard training. You know, I have sacrificed a lot for boxing. I didn’t have time to go out with friends and stuff like that. It was just training, training, training …The Olympics gave me some contract proposals to become a professional and I thought: Why not seize the opportunity?”
You are young, 22 years old, do you have patience to build up your career or are you thinking fast forward?
“No man, I don’t have patience. I wish I had. I have really paced myself. Also in the ring where you see me jump right in to the action. That is not always good. I have a lot to learn, I lack some routine. I have to pick my shuts better and know exactly the best way to hurt my opponent. I will get there sooner or later because in my mind I have always trained to become a world champion.”
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