After his action-packed Nordic Fight Night debut in Herning on June 2, Ahmed Kaddour (25-2-1, 10 KOs) will make another appearance on Team Sauerland´s show on September 22, taking on Max Maxwell (15-11-3, 3 KOs) at Frederikshavn´s Arena Nord. Having learned all about German discipline, timeliness and strictness at Team Sauerland´s training base in Berlin, Kaddour has predicted to stop his opponent in less than five rounds.
Q: How has the training in Berlin been going?
AK: “It has been going very, very good. I am very happy I chose to come here to prepare for this fight. I have been blessed with great training, great sparring, great running – everything is superb. I´ve been working with two trainers, Karsten Roewer and Torsten Schmitz. I tell you, their training is no joke. It´s all about discipline and working hard. There is no cheating here, no slacking off, they watch us very closely, we give 100 percent in every exercise. Everybody is so professional here, everything runs on time, according to a plan, there is no fooling around. That´s exactly what I need.”
Q: How is the training different from before?
AK: “They put a lot of physical stuff in the training, that´s new for me. But it definitely has made me stronger than ever. I have so much power. I am almost on weight now, more than one week before the fight. And the sparring has also been very good. That´s something I have been lacking in the past, proper sparring before a fight. I´ve fought with everybody here, Patrick Nielsen, Torben Keller, a lot of other guys, and we really fight our hearts out in sparring. It´s great, we leave it all in the ring, but that´s who I am.”
Q: Do you feel you have something to prove?
AK: “For sure. People in Denmark and people all over the world have been doubting me, but I proved all of them wrong when I showed my class in my last fight in Herning. I just had two weeks of training but I went in there, manned up and I showed my skills. I have never been a pussy about anything and I think technically I was at my very best against Gary Boulden. I was tired at the end but with such short preparation that was no surprise, that´s why I decided to come to Berlin early and really work hard in practice. I have been with a lot of big promoters, like Top Rank, Bob Arum, Gary Shaw, I was in training camp with Oscar de la Hoya and Floyd Mayweather, I have been around the world, but with Sauerland I
see a different thing, they really care about their boxers and look after them. They do what´s good for us.”
Q: What do you think about Maxwell?
AK: “I knew he fought for the British Title earlier this year. In his last fight, he fought a straight-up bum and couldn´t even knock him out. He is not a hard puncher but throws a lot of punches. But I am out of his league, I am at a different level, I will take the lead in the ring. I am younger, I am more experienced, I am better and I am stronger. He could be in superman shape and the fight would still not go the distance. Honestly, I believe this fight will last less than five rounds. I want to break every bone in his body!”
Q: If you win, what´s up next for you?
AK: “I hope to fight for the Intercontinental Title at the end of the year. I´m number two in the IBF Intercontinental rankings, so if I win, hopefully I can fight for that title soon. But I will fight everybody, everywhere! Now is the time for me. Coming to Germany to train was the best decision of my life. I´m in great shape!”
Q: Is there anything else you like to add?
AK: “I want to thank my family and most of all my girlfriend from Canada for supporting me. I love to give the fans and everyone else around the world the best of me, I want to thank everyone from Sauerland for giving me this opportunity to prove once again my hunger to reach my goal!”
MURRAY SETS HIS SIGHTS ON GEALE
MARTIN MURRAY believes another world title crack is overdue and he’s setting his sights on unified WBA and IBF champion Daniel Geale.
The unbeaten St Helens middleweight held Felix Sturm to a draw in Germany last December and has been playing a waiting game ever since.
Clashes with WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr and WBO titlist Dmitry Pirog have both fallen through, but Murray is confident that his luck may change now that Geale has dethroned Sturm.
In fact, Murray was ringside to watch their fight in Oberhausen and made his case to Geale personally afterwards.
“I spoke to Daniel Geale at the post-fight press conference and told him that I’m available to fight him either in England or in Australia,” the 29-year-old explained.
“He said we’ll definitely be able to sit down and talk.
“To be honest, his team seemed more keen for him to come over here because I don’t think he gets the recognition he deserves in Australia and he’s proven that he travels well.”
If a shot at Geale can materialise, it will end months of frustration for Murray.
Visa issues put paid to his world title hopes against Chavez Jr, while boxers closer to home have been unwilling to step up to the plate.
“I proved against Sturm I belong at world level, but getting a draw was one of the worst things to happen to me,” Murray said.
“If I’d have won everyone would have wanted to fight me because I’d be a world champion and if I’d have got smashed they’d have wanted to fight because they’d think I’d be an easy night’s work.
“Proving myself has left me in no man’s land so I think a world title is well overdue now.”
Promoter Ricky Hatton added: “We’re having to look at big fights with overseas names for Martin because he’s a feared man in Britain.
“We’ve beaten all offers for a fight with Darren Barker but had no joy and we met all Matthew Macklin’s demands only for him to go elsewhere.”
Amir Khan fight intrigues Ashley Theophane
Ashley Theophane is targeting a showdown with Amir Khan. Both Brits were relieved of their titles in recent months, so Theophane feels a meeting would make perfect sense.
The Londoner is currently in his second week of sparring with WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns and he believes the experience has put him in good stead for a tussle with the Bolton man.
“There’s only two fights against other British boxers which interest me and one of them is Amir Khan,” Theophane said.
“I’ve been British champion but that’s not a level I’m looking at again because I feel I can get on the world stage.
“The British title will always be there and that’s something I can come back to later if I want. Right now I’m looking at the big fights and I’m confident that Hatton Promotions can deliver those for me.”
If common opponents are anything to go by, Theophane has a valid case for being confident of beating Amir Khan.
Theophane took current light-welterweight number one Danny Garcia to a close split decision in early 2010, while Khan was stopped by the Philadelphian inside four rounds this summer.
He said: “I’m at my best when I fight the best and I pushed Danny Garcia all the way, Khan couldn’t do that.
“Everyone in the division wants to fight Amir Khan because they know his chin isn’t great and you can beat him with just one punch.”
Theophane added that he’d also be interested in a rematch with Lenny Daws, providing the Morden man wins his proposed vacant EU title meeting with Finland’s Ville Piispanen.