Erik Skoglund Faces American Derek Edwards Dec. 19 in Nyköping

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Kalle Sauerland, Erik Skoglund, Nisse Sauerland
Photo Credit: KGZ Fougstedt

Following a hugely successful debut show, the Nordic Fight Night returns to the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden on December 19, where local hero Erik Skoglund (23-0, 11 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line against Derek Edwards (27-5-1, 14 KOs) – the only man to have beaten current Swedish World Champion Badou Jack.

Skoglund made history on September 19 when defending his IBF Intercontinental title over twelve rounds against the durable Ukrainian Oleksandr Cherviak, three months later, the ‘Swedish Sensation’ faces his toughest opponent to date when he takes on the hard-hitting Edwards.

Having proved his pedigree with a devastating first-round knockout victory over Badou Jack in February 2014, Edwards intends to claim his second Swedish scalp when he travels across the Atlantic to face Skoglund in his hometown arena, and the American is confident of delivering another knockout performance.

‘’Skoglund looks like a good boxer but he’s not overly impressive,’’ said the North Carolina native known as the ‘Black Lion’. ‘’He’s not got anything I haven’t seen before. If I hit him, I know I’m going to hurt him so it is just a matter of setting him up for the right punch. I think I’ll stop him inside five rounds.’’

Skoglund, who is already hard at work with coach Tommy Antman at his Nyköping training base, believes he is up to the challenge and will be ready for whatever the American has to offer.

‘’Edwards is a very skillful fighter who has a lot of power in his punches,’’ said Skoglund. ‘’Obviously I watched him knockout Badou Jack – that was a very impressive performance, but I believe I’m the better boxer.

‘’I’ll need to keep my distance, work behind my jab and wait for him to open up. I’ve fought against power punchers before and I’ve taken some big shots, so I’m not worried about getting hit. I believe my chin can stand up to Edwards’ punches and I’m confident I have what it takes to beat him.’’

Promoter Nisse Sauerland expects this fight to be the ‘toughest’ and ‘most important’ of the young Swede’s career with a World title opportunity in the offering should he come through unscathed.

‘’Without a doubt this is a dangerous fight for Erik,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’In boxing all it takes is one punch, and against Badou Jack, we saw that Edwards is capable of delivering a knockout punch.

‘’I expect this to be the toughest fight of Erik’s career so far, but also the most important, as by beating someone of Edwards’ experience and ability, Erik will prove that he is ready to step up and we would look to deliver him a World title challenge early next year!’’

Tickets for The World Awaits: Erik Skoglund vs. Derek Edwards on December 19 at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday, November 3) at 12.00pm and are available online via biljettforum.se or by calling 0771-130 150.

Arthur Abraham Defends Title Nov. 21 in Hannover, Germany

‘King’ Arthur Abraham (43-4, 29 KOs) is back on November 21 with a voluntary defence of his WBO World Super Middleweight title against an as yet unnamed opponent at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany.

The 35 year-old returns following an impressive victory over domestic rival Robert Stieglitz on July 18, 2015, in which Abraham delivered a devastating sixth-round knockout win to bring a conclusive end to their four-fight saga.

‘’After beating Stieglitz for the third time, I felt like I’d been liberated,’’ said the two-weight World champion. ‘’I’ve always had confidence in my punching power. My opponents should beware, and the fans should rejoice as there are plenty more knockout victories to come!’’

As well as proving his punching power, Abraham also exhibited his resolve, having suffered a partially fractured jaw during the fight. Now fully recovered, the Berlin-based boxer is ready for his next test: ‘’Everything’s ok. My jaw has healed and I’m looking forward to getting back into the ring.’’

‘’In recent fights, Arthur has looked better than ever,’’ said promoter Kalle Sauerland. ‘’Many people have tried to write him off over the years, but he has consistently delivered, proving himself to be one of the top elite-level fighters in the world. The knockout against Stieglitz showed he has not lost any of his power, and fans can look forward to seeing the ‘Abrahammer’ again on November 21.’’

An opponent and tickets details for Arthur Abraham’s WBO World Super Middleweight title defence on November 21 at the TUI Arena in Hannover will be announced shortly.

Photos: Patrick Nielsen & Rudy Markussen Weigh-In

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Patrick Nielsen (23-1, 12 KOs) and Rudy Markussen (38-3, 25 KOs) both made weight today in Frederikshavn, Denmark ahead of their Collision Course clashes on Saturday night at the Arena Nord.

With a Danish mega-fight on the horizon, the bitter rivals face their final test ahead of a blockbuster showdown later this year. Nielsen, the current WBA International Champion, takes on Brazilian brawler Samir Santos Barbosa (36-12-3, 25 KOs), while Markussen returns from retirement to battle Ramazi Gogichashvili (19-6-2, 9 KOs).

Super Middleweight (catch weight 77 kg) – 10 Rounds:
Patrick Nielsen: 77 kg
Samir Santos Barbosa: 76 kg

‘’I’m looking forward to getting in the ring again,’’ said Nielsen. ‘’People can expect an explosive performance. I want to be more aggressive than in my last fight against Adamu. I feel stronger and I’m definitely hitting harder, so I’m going to try to stop Barbosa. I’m not thinking about Rudy, right now it is all about beating Barbosa.’’

Light Heavyweight– 8 Rounds:
Rudy Markussen: 78.4 kg
Ramazi Gogichashvili: 76.4 kg

“I have been in weight for three weeks, so I feel good and I’m ready to go,’’ said Markussen. “I have built up so much inside, and now, I really feel that I’m starting to look forward to the fight. This is a chance to show everybody that I’m back. I can’t wait to get in the ring and hear the fans scream my name.’’

Alongside the co-featured main events, fans in Frederikshavn will be treated to an action packed undercard featuring Danish talents Micki Nielsen (18-0, 12 KOs), who faces his toughest career challenge against Alejandro Emilio Valori (17-7, 13 KOs), Dennis Ceylan (15-0-1, 7 KOs), Abdul Khattab (11-1, 3 KOs) and Rashid Kassem (9-0, 6 KOs), rising Norwegian stars Tim-Robin Liahug (13-1, 8 KOs) and Kai Robin Havnaa (3-0, 2 KOs), plus Finnish super featherweight Petteri Frojdholm (8-0, 2 KOs).

A full list of undercard weights can be found below:

Cruiserweight – 10 Rounds (catch weight 91.5 kg):
Micki Nielsen: 91.5 kg
Alejandro Emilio Valori: 90.5 kg

Featherweight – 8 Rounds:
Dennis Ceylan: 57.1 kg
Elvis Guillen: 57.3 kg

Middleweight – 6 Rounds:
Abdul Khattab: 72.1 kg
Istvan Kiss: 72.3 kg

Lightweight – 8 Rounds:
Rashid Kassem: 62 kg
Roberto Priore: 60.6 kg

Super Middleweight – 8 Rounds:
Tim-Robin Lihaug: 76 kg
Baptiste Castegnaro: 75.8 kg

Cruiserweight – 4 Rounds:
Kai Robin Havnaa: 90.4 kg
Istvan Kun: 89 kg

Super Featherweight – 8 Rounds:
Petteri Frojdholm: 58.2 kg
Ramaz Bebnadze: 58.8 kg

Photo credit: Wende

The event will be broadcast across Scandinavia as part of Viaplay’s PPV Extravaganza. For more details please visit viaplay.com/boxingppv. Limited tickets are still available via areananord.dk.

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Patrick Nielsen

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Samir Santos Barbosa

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Samir Santos Barbosa, Patrick Nielsen

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Rudy Markussen

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Ramazi Gogichashvili

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Ramazi Gogichashvili, Rudy Markussen

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