Kai Robin Havnaa (10-0, 9 KOs) is confident of extending his unbeaten record on Saturday when he travels to Germany to face the experienced Georgian Ramazi Gogichashvili (30-21-2, 17 KOs) in an eight-round cruiserweight contest.
The undefeated Norwegian will be aiming to end the year on a high with a victory at the 'Ran Fighting Gala' in Dusseldorf before returning home to headline a show in February at the Sør Amfi Arena in Arendal.
“I’m really looking forward to getting into the ring again,” said Havnaa. “I’ve had a good training camp and everything is in place for another great victory.
“My coach Joey Gamache has been in Norway with me for the last three weeks. It’s been really good to have him here to help me prepare. He’s been in my corner since day one and is the best coach I could ask for.
“Otto Wallin (undefeated Swedish heavyweight) has come over with him from New York, and me and Otto have been sparring a lot of rounds together. He is a very strong and technical heavyweight who always gives me really hard work.
"Sparring is the most important part of training and having guys like Otto to spar with is a really important for me. It's given me a lot of confidence for Saturday. I know Gogichashvili is a good fighter. He’s very experienced and has gone the distance with some high-level opponents so I’m not taking this fight lightly, but I believe I have what it takes to beat him.
“It means a lot to me that my next fight is scheduled to be at home, but I’ve had to put that to the back of my head. I know I cannot look past this fight and it’s important I put in a good performance to end the year. When I win, I can start looking forward to February, but for now, the most important thing is to get the victory and move forward.”
Jono Carroll will be out to boost his world ranking when he fights for the vacant IBF intercontinental super-featherweight title on Saturday’s big ‘Frampton Reborn’ fight card at Belfast’s SSE Odyssey Arena.
The undefeated Meath-based Dubliner (14-0) was set to clash with his old rival Declan Geraghty this weekend in a rematch of their dramatic 2014 tussle, which Carroll won via disqualification after a fiery four rounds.
However, Geraghty was forced to pull out of the bout last week due to a hand injury, leaving Carroll in search of a replacement opponent.
Mexican Humberto de Santiago (15-4-1) has answered the call and the pair will clash for the IBF stepping-stone strap and a top-15 world ranking this weekend, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.
“I was gutted to hear Deco pulled out, but I wasn’t too surprised,” said Carroll on his MTK stablemate and rival. “I never really thought he wanted the fight anyway.”
“But I’m buzzing to get another opponent sorted and to have the intercontinental title on the line. It’ll help me jump up the rankings and get closer to that ultimate prize. I want a world title and this is just another rung on the ladder I have to climb.”
Belfast’s two-weight world champion Carl Frampton tops Saturday’s bill, making his hometown ring return after a two-and-half year absence and four fights on the road when he takes on Mexican Horacio Garcia.
Jamie Conlan challenges for his first world title on the action-packed card, taking on Filipino IBF world super-flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas, while three-time Olympian Paddy Barnes is out to claim his second pro belt – the WBO intercontinental flyweight title – when he meets Nicaragua’s Eliecer Quezada.
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Rowley Regis’ Jason Welborn would have “boxed anywhere” to get another fight under his belt after being handed a welcome ring date.
The experienced puncher is preparing for his 28th contest on Saturday, 25th November as he edges towards 12 years as a professional. The 31-year-old is expecting to be in action over, at least, six rounds when he steps through the ropes at the Imperial Banqueting Suite on Lichfield Street in Bilston, Wolverhampton.
He boxes under BCB Promotions’ banner, but is tied to the MTK Birmingham stable headed by former British and European champion Matthew Macklin. Welborn’s 2017 stalled after one of his finest wins, a one-sided points victory over the unbeaten Marcus Morrison with Sky Sports viewers watching on live in March.
It will be exactly eight months later when he laces on the gloves again and he wants to be battling for more belts, as early as possible, next year. Success at Morrison’s expense earned him the WBC International Silver middleweight title and he’s also been a Midlands champion at two weights, welter and super welter. Two attempts to claim British honours, also at welter and super welter, were unsuccessful but Welborn is not giving up on his dream of getting his hands on a Lonsdale belt.