Swedish heavyweight Otto Wallin (18-0, 12 KOs) is back in action on January 27 fighting on the undercard of the World Boxing Super Series semi-final between cruiserweight world champions Aleksandr Usyk and Mairis Briedis in Riga.
The undefeated 27 year-old returns to the ring for the first time since claiming the WBA Continental title against Gianluca Mandras in April, and will meet Bosnia And Herzegovina’s Srdan Govedarica (6-5, 5 KOs) over eight-rounds.
With a massive EU title fight in the making, Wallin knows he cannot afford any mistakes if he is to land a dream fight with domestic rival Adrian Granat.
“It’s been a long time since my last fight,” says Wallin. “I’ve had some bad luck with injuries and a show being cancelled so I’m really looking forward to fighting again. I’ve used my time out of the ring to really work on my boxing. I’ve been in the gym everyday and I can really feel the improvements I’ve made.
“I’m excited to be boxing on such a big show. I’m a big fan of Usyk and Briedis so I’m looking forward to seeing that fight but first I have to take care of my business and win my fight. My opponent is a big guy and I’m sure he’s tough so it’s going to be a good experience for me to get in there with him.
“I have a big fight coming up against Adrian Granat so I have stay focused and alert at all times. I can’t look past this guy. I need a win to secure the Granat fight so this is a very important fight for me.”
Also on the card, Switzerland’s Yoann Kongolo (10-0, 4 KOs) will defend his WBC International Silver title against hometown hero Andrejs Pokumeiko (16-12-1, 12 KOs), over ten rounds in the Light Heavyweight division.
The former WBC International Cruiserweight champion, Micki Nielsen (24-1, 15 KOs) from Denmark will take on Latvia’s Ricards Bolotniks (10-3-1, 4 KOs) in an 8-round contest. Nielsen has been sparring with Mairis Briedis in preparation for this bout, and the Danish star hopes to upset the hometown fans and make it three wins in a row.
Undefeated Latvian, Jevgenijs Aleksejevs (7-0, 6 KOs), has made a very impressive start to his professional career so far. But there is no doubt that he faces his toughest test so far in Maurice Possiti (17-12, 7 KOs) from France. Latvia’s Nikolajs Grisunins (6-0-1, 3 KOs) will aim to return to winning ways when he faces the dangerous big punching Jozsef Darmos (8-1-2, 7 KOs) from Hungary.
In a mouth-watering 8-round Heavyweight contest, 2016 Olympic games Bronze medallist Filip Hrgovic (2-0, 2 KOs) from Croatia meets United Kingdom’s Tom Little (10-4, 3 KOs). Hrgovic has made a very impressive start to his professional career with two sensational first-round KO victories. However, in Little he faces a very confident challenger.
Araik Marutjan (1-0), who represented Germany in the 2016 Olympics takes on the very tough Hungarian Richard Hegyi (4-2, 3 KOs) in a Middleweight contest. The undercard also features the talented cruiserweight Mikael Lawal (4-0, 3 KOs) from London, United Kingdom, who has been sparring Aleksandr Usyk in preparation for this bout. He takes on the experienced southpaw Istvan Orsos (16-43-2, 5 KOs) from Hungary.
Tickets for the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight semi-final clash between Aleksandr Usyk and Mairis Briedis are available online via www.bilesuserviss.lv.