Heavyweights Alexander “Sascha” Dimitrenko and Luan “The Lion” Krasniqi faced off today at a press conference in advance of their November 28 rematch at the König Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany.
“Luan, you always speak of a lucky punch, but in boxing, and especially in our weight class, there is no luck!,” said Dimitrenko. “We have closely analyzed my defeat in July against Eddie Chambers. I will not again make the mistakes I made in the preparation and in the fight.”
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He continued, “That defeat hasn’t destroyed me and I can learn a lot from it. I’ve taken this difficult fight because up to the end I’m a boxer who doesn’t surrender. Life in boxing goes on and I’ll be even stronger, both physically and mentally in the coming fights. build-up fights, like against Luan, are what I need now!”
“I want to get to the top again and box for a world championship,” declared Krasniqi. “There is nowadays only one motivation: I want to box against Sasha because this fight brings me forward again. I’ve had to have a lot of patience waiting for this rematch and now I want to prove that it was only a stroke of luck that decided the fight. It won’t happen a second time.
“Eddie Chambers fought the same as me in the last fight and won. There won’t be anymore lucky punches. This is absolutely my last chance, but my battery is recharged, I’m fit, I can’t lose. I’m really glad to be back in the ring, especially against Sasha! It was rude that he didn’t greet me today. Sasha, is only a little boy who can’t say ‘hello’ and whom one must teach respect!“
Dimitrenko responded, “I did say ‘hello’ to you, but one doesn’t need to kiss or embrace!”