In his eighteenth professional fight, unbeaten WBO #3 light heavyweight contender Aleksy Kuziemski (17-0, 4 KOs) will face WBO #5 rated stablemate Jürgen Brähmer for the WBO interim world title in Budapest, Hungary. Kuziemski, who knocked out previously unbeaten Armin Dollinger in his last fight, is hoping to follow in the footsteps of ring legend countryman Dariusz Michalczewski – the WBO light heavyweight world champion from 1994 to 2003.
Aleksy Kuziemski, how are things in Budapest?
“Everything is running to plan. I’m concluding my preparation with my trainer Artur Grigorian but here in Budapest we need to protect ourselves from the high temperatures and can only train early in the morning or later in the evening. But the necessary positive energy is there.”
You’ve been called a late starter – although in your recent fights you’ve been raising your KO rate.
“Well, maybe at light heavyweight I don’t have the most imposing KO rate, but I’ve also had very early some really good and difficult opponents. With Enad Licina and above all the Olympic silver medal winner Mahamed Aripgadzhiev, I’ve boxed some really good people and until now have won all my fights. In my 13th fight I was already fighting for the WBO Intercontinental title against Julio Cesar Dominguez. I’ve won both my last fights by KO. Admittedly I’m 32 years old, but I’m developing well from my perspective, certainly not slowly. And I’ve been clearly improving recently.“
Has this improvement something to do with your new trainer Artur Grigorian?
“It’s been great working with Artur for almost a year now. He’s just different than all the other trainers I’ve had. Artur trains me very individually on more offensive tactics. Now I can already say that the move to Artur Grigorian was very positive!“
Now your first world championship opportunity will come on Saturday.
“I am hugely happy about this fight. Of course, I know Jürgen Brähmer very, very well, but this is mutual. He’s a strong, technically good southpaw. But these types suit me. I’ve already fought some and defeated them. I see myself as a very stable boxer and have my strength in my physical conditioning. At the end my opponents were always kaputt.“
Your role model is Dariusz Michalczewski.
“Quite clearly Dariusz is my role model. He has also already loudly inspired me in fights, for example in the WBO Intercontinental fight against Dominguez. It’s a big honor for me to have this great champion standing behind me. Now I want to become his successor so I need to go get the WBO title!“