Photos: André Boge/Universum Box-Promotion
Click on the picture to go to the next
Unbeaten WIBF/WBA female flyweight world champion Susi “Killer Queen” Kentikian (23-0, 16 KOs) and highly regarded contender Elena “Baby Doll” Reid (19-4-6, 5 KOs) met for the first time on Tuesday during a press conference at the Cinemaxx in Hamburg, Germany. They collide on Friday night at the Sporthalle Hamburg. “This fight is something special,” said Kentikian. “I’m looking forward to the fight against Elena. She had a good fight against Regina [Halmich] and put her under a lot of pressure. It was a close fight. Now against Elena I must show what’s inside of me and my show my qualities. She’s not only a strong boxer, she’s the strongest opponent I’ve ever had.”
Reid is no stranger to Germany having battled female boxing legend Regina Halmich twice here. She and Halmich fought to a draw in their first fight, then she dropped a very close decision in a rematch. “I’ve got my hardest training camp ever behind me,” Reid said. “I was far away from my family, and also from my boyfriend. This fight is a big challenge for me. I’ve watched Susi Kentikian for a long time. She’s the world champion and the successor of Regina. It will be a great fight for both of us.”
Also on the card, WBO #1/WBA #2/WBC #3 rated middleweight Sebastian Zbik (25-0, 9 KOs) will see action against former world title challenger Ruben Varon (31-4, 15 KOs). Zbik will defend his WBO Inter-Continental belt. “Varon is difficult to assess,” he stated. “In any case, he is very dangerous. Actually, I wanted a fight against Sebastian Sylvester, which would have been more in the focus of the fight fans. But Veron has had good fights in the past and I should be prepared for everything.”
Unbeaten heavyweight Sebastian Köber (17-0, 12 KOs), who was originally slated to face former world title challenger Willi “De Ox ‘Fischer, will now face Jean Claude Bikoi (15-10-1, 8 KOs). “I was happy to face Willi Fischer. Now I don’t have much time to prepare myself for the new opponent. But it is what it is and I’m optimistic as always.”
All three bouts are scheduled to be televised on Spotlight Boxing’s ProSieben Fight Night series.