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WBO #1 heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko (29-0, 19 KOs) and #5 rated Eddie Chambers (34-1, 18 KOs) met for the first time on Monday during a press conference at the Cinemaxx in Hamburg, Germany. They are set to collide on Saturday in a WBO official eliminator at the Color Line Arena, topping a fully loaded “Universum Champions Night” card. The winner will become the mandatory challenger for IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in the next mandatory defense of his WBO belt.
“I had very good preparation here in Hamburg with my trainer Fritz Sdunek,” said Dimitrenko. “I had super work and a super sparring partner. I’m ready and fit for the biggest fight of my career on Saturday evening. I won’t give away a lot, however, you will be surprised. My best time starts now and I’m happy about it!”
As for Chambers, Dimitrenko stated. “I’ve seen his fights and know what’s coming. He’s quick, but so am I. Understandably, I won’t give away my tactics, but I can say that one punch can decide everything. It will be interesting!”
Trainer Fritz Sdunek commented “Sasha stands in front his biggest task. Up until now, he’s only had this fight against Chambers in his head, that’s difficult enough. Now he must prove that he’s matured and become more stable.”
Chambers declared himself ready to take on the unbeaten 6’7 Ukrainian. “Since the fight against Samuel Peter, I’ve been in training and preparing for this next challenge,” he said. “I’ve polished my technique with my trainer, but haven’t had to make any other big adjustments. However, I have prepared intensely and especially for my opponent.”
Trainer Robert Murray said, “We want to become world champions and we’re ready. It will be a great fight on Saturday between two very talented boxers. Eddie has often boxed against bigger boxers in the past. We’re well prepared.”
In the co-feature, unbeaten WBA/WIBF flyweight world champion “Killer Queen“ Susi Kentikian (24-0, 16 KOs) will face WBA super flyweight world champion Carolina Marcela Gutierrez Gaite (15-1, 11 KOs).
“The preparation for this fight ran very well and it will be a new challenge as I’m boxing against a world champion from a higher weight class,” said Kentikian. “I must give everything. My last fight against Elena Reid was important because I saw that I can maintain a high tempo for ten rounds. It was an important experience.“
Susi’s trainer Magomed Schabaurow commented, “I find it very courageous that her opponent comes down a weight class and boxes Susi. As usual, It was an intensive preparation and, as usual, from the outset Susi will display fireworks!”
Gaite revealed that shortly before she left Argentina, her father died unexpectedly. “My father has always accompanied and supported me,” she said. “He would not have wanted that I call off this fight. Now for me it’s a double motivation and I will go in spite of all that to the fight. I have intensely prepared for this fight. It’s a big motivation to fight for two world champions belts in a lower weight class.”
Her trainer Carlos Tollo added, “Sure, Carolina must reduce her weight, but a world championship fight is a double motivation. To box in Germany for two belts, we’re confident going into this fight.“
In another female world championship match, WIBF/GBU jr bantamweight champion Alesia Graf (23-1, 9 KOs) takes on American Terri Lynn Cruz (17-5-2, 8 KOs). “My opponent Terri Lynn Cruz is an experienced boxer who has already been tested in some title fights,” stated Graf. “She’s already boxed abroad, in Korea, and has won. I must be warned. My preparation was very good, first in my Swabian homeland and now here in Hamburg. It doesn’t matter whether I’m in Stuttgart, Berlin or now here, it’s been a positive time here and I’m set to boost my performance again. I am ready. ”
Her trainer Valentin Silaghi said, “We’ve prepared very well and Alesia is as fit as a fiddle for the fight. In sparring she beat up three sparring partners. It will be a great fight and Alesia will win!“
Challenger Terri Lynn Cruz will arrive in Hamburg on Wednesday.
In further matchups, WBO #5 cruiserweight Alexander Alekseev (17-1, 15 KOs) seeks to pave the way for another shot at a world title against divisional gatekeeper Kendrick Releford (20-12-2, 10 KOs), unbeaten featherweight shooting star Marcel Meyerdiercks looks to go to 13-0 against Juan Garcia Martin (15-7, 8 KOs), plus hot welterweight prospect Pablo Vasquez (16-0, 16 KOs) of Venezuela and unbeaten Polish super featherweight Krzysztof Cieslack (11-0, 3 KOs) will also see action.