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Universum is returning to Bremen nearly ten years after the last appearance in the same city. On Saturday the “Universum Champions Night“ will feature two title fights plus the return of a highly regarded contender. Headlining the event will be the popular and unbeaten WIBF/WBC featherweight champion Ina Menzer (23-0, 9 KOs) will be risking her belts against Franchesca “The Chosen One“ Alcanter (18-8-1, 9 KOs). Also, Wladimir Sidorenko (21-1-2, 7 KOs) is returning to try to take back the WBA bantamweight crown he lost to Anselmo Moreno (24-1-1, 8 KOs) last year, and recent WBO cruiserweight title challenger Alexander Alekseev (16-1, 15 KOs) returns against The Contender’s Max Alexander (14-4-2, 2 KOs). A press conference was held earlier this week at the Bremer Autohaus Brandt.
World champion Ina Menzer: “Franchesca is always attacking, she knows what’s she’s doing. I expect a very aggressive opponent but I have prepared myself very good with my coach Trainer Michael Timm for this challenge. I’m in excellent shape and my last fight against Esther Schouten has given me a boost on my level. I want to make use of this improvement against an awkward and experienced fighter. I want to show a great fight and thrill the Bremer audience!“
Ina Menzer’s trainer Michael Timm: “The fight against Esther Schouten past January was her best fight so far. We still have worked on some parts like left or right hooks to body and head as well as the feeling for the distance to the opponent.“
For the US-American Alcanter it will be the first fight on European soil. Alcanter: “Its a new experience for me to fight in Europe and here in Germany. I’m excited and I’m looking forward to the challenge. Ina is a deserved champion but she has to get past me. I will pressure here from the beginning.“
Alcanter trainer Brian Spicer: “Ina has great boxing skills and we know that. The fight will be a very big challenge and we have to give our best. The fight on Saturday night will be special and a lot of fun and be prepared what we will show.“
After the presser both fighters drove to the famous landmark, the Bremen Town Musicians. Menzer and Alcanter touched the the front hooves of the donkey as it is said to make wishes come true.
Two male fighters are ready to return
Additonal high class fights will be featured in Bremen. With lots of anger the bantamweight Wladimir Sidorenko (21-1-2, 7 KOs) is returning to action. The Ukranian “Mini-Power Station” will face current WBA champion Anselmo Moreno (24-1-1, 8 KOs) of Panama in a rematch of his controversial points loss one year earlier. The Michael Timm trained Sidorenko now has the chance to recapture his title. Sidorenko: “I feel I was cheated out of the win. It was at least a draw so I would have kept my title and would still be world champion. I will make it much better and clearer now and I want to take my belt back.“
Michael Timm: “Wladimir has trained very hard and intensive and I’m sure that he will win this time against Moreno.“
World champion Anselmo Moreno stated about the differences to last years fight: “This time it will be much easier. I will take the belt back once again to Panama. Last year everyone in my country watched my fight and my win and the will be watching it this Saturday as well.“
The highly regarded cruiserweight Alexander Alekseev (16-1, 15 KOs) wants to get back on track. He was surprisingly upset by Victor Ramirez in January in a bout for the vacant WBO interim belt by technical knockout in round 9. Alekseev will now take on the American Max Alexander (14-4-2, 2 KOs) in a ten-rounder. Alekseev: “I don’t always want to remain a contender, but to become the world cruiserweight champion. Here in Bremen I want to take the first step on the way.“
A total of seven fights are scheduled including Marcel Meyerdiercks. The unbeaten featherweight will be facing the Bulgarian Iordan Vasilev in his 12th pro fight. Also in action will be the Hungarian flyweight prospect Pal „Pimpa“ Bedak who wants to demonstrate his amazing speed and punching power against Hassan Azaouagh of France.
The talented heavyweight Christian Hammer returns to the ring for his second pro fight after a long injury lay-off. Hammer will be challenging Nikolai Marinov.
The fight of Ina Menzer will be shown live on ZDF from 11:00pm. The highlights are available to see on www.boxing.de on Sunday.
Tickets for this “Universum Champions Night“ are still available at:
Universum Ticket Hotline: +49 40- 696 559 59
Nordwest-Ticket: +49 421- 36 36 36
Eventim Sports Hotline: +49 1805 – 99 16 16