Erik Skoglund (24-0, 11 KOs) has overcome his injury doubts ready to tackle a tough twelve-round test against South African fighter Ryno Liebenberg (17-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hovet in Stockholm.
‘’My training couldn’t have gone better,’’ said Skoglund. ‘’I’ve had some of my toughest sparring sessions and felt perfect afterwards – not only physically, but also mentally.’’
This may sound like a cliché statement from a boxer trying to intimidate his opponent, but for Skoglund, who underwent a serious back operation last year, this is important news.
A herniated disc threatened to end the 24 year-old’s promising career, but following successful surgery and 6 months of rehabilitation, Skoglund believes he is now back to his best.
"To be very honest, I haven't been myself in my last two fights coming back after my back injury,’’ he reveals. ‘’I had doubts, I was nervous, I was sweating and imagined all sorts of disastrous scenarios before going into the ring.
"Now, everything is under control. I feel solid. I can focus one hundred percent on my boxing. I'm happy that I won the fights after my injury break, but I'm a completely different person and boxer this time.
"When I watch my last two fights and compare them with my sparring the last months, I can see how much, I have developed. I have been able to focus on all the little details this time, and I've been able to put all the things I've learned from my coach Tommy Antman together.
"My injury is history, all the bad thoughts are behind me and I can't wait to show my fans how much I have improved. Liebenberg will have no idea about what's coming at him!’’
Skoglund’s fight with Liebenberg tops a blockbuster bill in Stockholm. Mikaela Lauren defends her WBC Female World Super Welterweight title against former World Champion Ivana Habazin, Klara Svensson rematches Lucia Morelli, the ‘Golden Boy’ Oscar Ahlin faces the ‘Tiger’ Patrick Mendy and Otto Wallin takes on the big punching Brazilian Irineu Beato Costa Junior.
Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night on April 23 at the Hovet in Stockholm are available online via www.globearenas.se and www.AXS.com, by calling (+46) 0771-31 00 00 and from the Stockholm Globe Arenas Box Office.
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