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Chambers, Dimitrenko speak!

Heavyweight contenders Eddie Chambers and Alexander Dimitrenko spoke to the press shortly after their WBO elimination showdown on Saturday night. Here’s what they had to say:

Eddie Chambers: “Happy Birthday Sascha! It was a great fight. He showed that he’s a future champion. He didn’t succeed today, but he will succeed sometime. This fight was a good test, a good and strong opponent at the right time. Today I proved how fast and good I am. I showed everyone and defeated Dimitrenko. So when possible I’m ready for the fight with Vladimir Klitschko – this was the perfect preparation!”

Alexander Dimitrenko: “Today was not my day. I came into this fight badly, my hands were somehow jammed up and [the punches] didn’t flow like normal. I’m not looking for excuses. I clearly lost. I’d like to closely analyze this fight with my trainer Fritz and learn from it. One learns the most from defeats. Every great boxer has lost. It doesn’t break them, they come back stronger. I’m 27 years old for another half an hour. The best time for a heavyweight is age 30. I have the goal to fight for a world championship more than ever. I will succeed. I’m sorry that I disappointed the fans. But thus is life. It also goes on after defeats.”

Trainer Fritz Sdunek: “It’s a pity when after a great heavyweight fight one doesn’t stand as a winner. But after the fifth round Sasha got off track. We’ll analyze the defeat and work on his weaknesses. He’ll get there. He has the talent. Today he proved he has the heart also.”

Universum-Promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl: “I predicted that this would be a crossroads fight for Sasha and today he proved that he has heart. For twelve rounds he tried everything and gave everything. I believe Sasha will succeed. With heavyweights one must have the necessary patience. He showed a fighter’s mentality. This was the most important. We’ll give him enough time.”

Dan Goossen, Promoter of Eddie Chambers: “It was a great fight. Dimitrenko showed a big fighter’s heart. Eddie did a very good job. Today we saw the true “Fast Eddie” Chambers! Special thanks go to trainer Robert Murray and the whole team.”

Susi Kentikian vs. Carolina Gutierrez Gaite
WBA/WIBF flyweight championship

Susi Kentikian: “Today I’m very satisfied. It was great to box here in front of this great audience and the ZDF cameras. The hard and concentrated training paid off, thanks go to my trainer Magomed Schaburow. ”

Trainer Magomed Schaburow (laughs): “One can never be completely content – but I am fairly content. Upwards there are no limits.”

Carolina Gutierrez Gaite: “I came with high expectations, but Susi is a very strong world champion. She clearly won.”

Spotlight Promoter Dietmar Poszwa: “With the great atmosphere of 6000 spectators behind her, Susi delivered a flawless performance during the new segment with TV partner ZDF. She was never in danger and went straight at it! But a big thanks and high recognition also go to Carolina who accepted this fight in spite of the sad private stroke of fate. Our sincere condolences to her and her whole family.”

Alesia Graf vs. Terri Lynn Cruz
WIBF/GBU jr bantamweight championship

Alesia Graf: “I don’t know what was wrong in the first few rounds. I also took two hard punches so it was no coincidence. Terri was a difficult opponent. Only with my fighter’s heart and “will of a tiger” was I able to turn the fight around. Of course, I’m not altogether satisfied with my performance. I believe this fight has earned a rematch and I herewith offer this to Terri!”

Terri Lynn Cruz: “That was a great fight and I gave everything. For a long time we were even, then it was better for me and I had Alesia on the ground twice. I’ll accept a rematch with pleasure. It speaks for Alesia and Universum – we were treated fairly here!”

Universum Promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl: “I have never shouted so much at one of Alesia’s fights as I did today….it was a great fight and Alesia overcame the knockdown and fought to the end with a lot of heart. It was a close match and we must give a rematch – the fans want to see this!”

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