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.

Team Sauerland & Matchroom Boxing Agree Agree to TV Rights Deal

Team Sauerland and Matchroom Boxing have agreed an historic TV rights deal to share their big fight nights.

The fantastic deal for fight fans will see 12 World title fights in Germany broadcast live on Sky Sports and on the Matchroom Fight Pass, with their Nordic Fight Night series also shown on the Fight Pass, Matchroom’s 20 shows on Sky Sports can be broadcast by the ProSiebenSat.1 media group in Germany on either SAT.1 television or its online platforms ran.de and maxdome.de, with Juergen Brahmer’s WBA World Light Heavyweight title clash with Robin Krasniqi on March 21 in Rostock the first to be aired. In addition to the deal, Matchroom and Sauerland will also have the opportunity to place their fighters on international cards.

UK fight fans will get up close and personal with the likes of Brahmer, WBO Super Middleweight World champion Arthur Abraham, IBF Cruiserweight king Yoan Pablo Hernandez and rising stars such as Patrick and Micki Nielsen, Vincent Feigenbutz, Erik Skoglund and Jack Culcay. German fight fans will get to see international superstars in action like IBF World Welterweight champion Kell Brook, Super Middleweight World title challenger James DeGale MBE, WBA World champions Scott Quigg and Jamie McDonnell, Tony Bellew, Nathan Cleverly, former two-weight World champion Ricky Burns, WBC Featherweight World title challenger Lee Selby and Olympic Gold medal heroes Anthony Joshua MBE and Luke Campbell MBE.

“I’m delighted to get this done and be working closely with Kalle, Nisse and Team Sauerland,” said Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn.

“We will be able to place quality World Championship boxing on both Sky Sports and the Matchroom Fight Pass platforms giving fight fans to many of the biggest shows across Europe. In addition, we now have the ability to add our talent to these shows and allow our young talent to grow and develop and experience new surroundings. It’s a win-win for everybody.”

“This is a historic collaboration, in which there are only winners,” said Kalle Sauerland. “The fans in Germany can now enjoy regular international class fights on SAT.1 and their online platforms. In addition, the deal guarantees our boxers maximum exposure in the UK market. There, superstars are made.”

His brother Nisse Sauerland adds: “We will work closely together to enable our young stars to gain early important international experience. This cooperation is a milestone in the international market.”

Sauerland and Matchroom has long been working closely together. In May 2013, it hosted the mega-battle between Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler in the sold-out O2 Arena in London. Froch and George Groves broke records in their World title rematch in front of over 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, and first Sauerland Event in England in September 2014 was also supported by Matchroom. Saturday night saw another collaboration between the promoters as Paul Smith fell to ‘King’ Arthur Abraham in their World title rematch in Berlin.

Torben Keller to Face Toughest Challenge of Career in Arman Torosvan Sept. 13th

Torben Keller (10-0-1, 3 KOs) can avenge countryman Reda Zam Zam’s defeat, when he faces Arman Torosyan (12-0-1, 9 KOs) at the Nordic Fight Night on September 13 at TAP1 in Copenhagen.

“There is no doubt Arman will be the biggest challenge of my career so far,” said the undefeated Dane.

Keller has previously trained with Torosyan in Berlin and has a thorough knowledge of the Armenian-born German’s abilities.

“You always have to concentrate against Arman. He hits good and he hits hard. He is always dangerous, and he is impossible to knock out. And he doesn’t’ mind taking three punches to land one himself.”

Arman Torosyan is not an unknown name for the Danish boxing audience. Last year he ended Reda Zam Zam’s career with a seventh round technical knockout victory at the Nordic Fight Night in Aarhus.

“I remember that fight. Reda out boxed Arman in the first five rounds, but then things went wrong for Reda. Arman has a good jab and a dangerous left hook, but I feel well prepared, and I feel that I’m the better boxer,” said the talented light middleweight.

In recent months Keller has teamed up with rising star Abdul Khattab, world star Mikkel Kessler and physical trainer Thomas Macon.

“I have raised my level physically and technically in the last few months. I’ve been improving my jab by sparring Abdul Khattab. His jab is ridiculously good,” said the 27 year-old.

When Keller last entered the ring in April, he claimed a technical knockout victory in the fourth round over the unorthodox and dangerous Travis Hartman.

“I’m not looking for another knockout, but I am looking forward to showing my fans how much I have improved. I will show that I have more cards to play than Arman Torosyan.”

Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: “This will be a good test for Torben. Arman is a tough opponent, as he proved against Reda Zam Zam last year. But we are confident in Torben’s abilities and a good win will set him on course for a title fight later this year.”

The Nordic Fight Night at TAP1 will be shown live on TV3 Sport 2 and TV3 +. Tickets are available via billetnet.dk.