Sauerland Says Swedish Super-Fight Between Wallin and Granat Could Happen in 2016

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Promoter Nisse Sauerland says a Swedish super-fight between undefeated heavyweights Otto Wallin and Adrian Granat could be on the cards for 2016 if Wallin can overcome his opponent Samir Kurtagic on Saturday night at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden.

Wallin, a 26 year-old from Sundsvall, has taken the paid ranks by storm since signing with Team Sauerland in 2013, and is currently undefeated after thirteen professional fights.

However, he is not the only Swedish heavyweight enjoying success. Adrian Granat, the 24 year-old from Malmo, has proved equally effective, scoring ten victories including nine knockouts.

With both men eager to prove they are Sweden’s number one, Sauerland believes it is only a matter of time before the young fighters meet in a huge domestic showdown, and reveals he would be willing to make the dream match a reality next year.

‘’This would be a huge fight for Swedish boxing,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’Two of the country’s top talents going toe-to-toe in a real heavyweight showdown.

‘’Both fighters have been progressing through the professional ranks at a good pace, and now, it’s only a matter of time before their paths crossed. They are on a collision course and when they finally meet it’s going to be explosive.

‘’I know this is a fight that Otto and Adrian both want. They are two young, ambitious fighters who are eager to prove they are the best in their division. It would be a real 50-50 fight and one that could capture the imagination of the entire nation and bring boxing back into the mainstream.

‘’If Ottto is able to beat Kurtagic on Saturday night, which will be no easy task, there is no reason why this fight can’t happen next year. We have a great relationship with Adrian’s promoter Erol Ceylan, and I’m confident we could come to an agreement to make it happen. The fighters want it, the fans want it and it would be great spectacle for Swedish boxing!’’

Wallin faces Kurtagic on the undercard of Erik Skoglund’s fight with Derek Edwards on Saturday night at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden. Tickets are available online via www.biljettforum.se or by calling (+46) 0771-130 150. All the action will be shown live on TV10 in Sweden.

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Otto Wallin, Vladimir Goncharov
Photo Credit: KGZ Fougstedt

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Adrian Granat, Tomas Mrazek
Photo Credit: Photo Wende

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.

David Price Returns With First Round KO

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The rebuilding process has begun for David Price (16-2, 14 KOs). The British heavyweight is back to winning ways following the first-round knockout of Istvan Ruzsinsky (12-10-1, 8 KOs) at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart. Price landed two devastating right hands in the opening round to send Ruzsinsky crashing to the canvas and unable to continue.

‘’It feels great to get back under the lights and get going again,’’ said Price. ‘’I knew I had an opponent in front of me who was nowhere near my level but I still had to get in there, stay focused and do a professional job. I am happy to get the win and now we can crack on.’’

Promoter Kalle Sauerland: ‘’There will be no screaming and shouting from us yet. This was the first step of the journey for David and he did what he needed to do. We still have a long way to go but it was important to get this first win under his belt. It is great to see the big man back in the ring, reminding us all of what he is capable of!’’

Photo Credit: Wende
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