In addition to Saturday’s heavyweight championship clash between Ruslan Chagaev and Carl Davis Drumond, there is another important world title fight in Rostock, Germany. In what is expected to be an explosive boxer-puncher duel for WBA junior welterweight crown, world champion Andreas Kotelnik (30-2-1, 13 KOs) takes on mandatory challenger Marcos Rene Maidana (25-0, 24 KOs). Both know each other well from the famed Universum Gym as Spotlight fighter Maidana, the unbeaten KO-machine from Argentina, has trained for one and a half years in Hamburg. “El Chino” has a particularly impressive KO rate for this weight class, winning 24 of his 25 fights early. Universum’s champion Kotelnik won the championship with a sensational twelfth round TKO over Gavin Rees, then defended the title in September 2008 in the Ukraine against Norio Kimura. Here’s what he had to say.
How was the preparation for this world championship fight on Saturday in Rostock?
The preparation with my trainer Michael Timm was as tough as ever. I had three first-class sparring partners and fortunately I came through without any injuries. Now I’m in the best shape of my entire professional career!
Are you glad to defend for the first time on German soil?
Not only that, I have have only fought abroad for almost three years, especially the title fights. Now, I’m happy to once again box in Germany. I want to finally show my fans that I’m a technically good boxer and demonstrate world class boxing.
Your challenger Marcos Rene Maidana is considered a hard puncher and has an impressive KO-rate. What do you think of him?
The KO-rate doesn’t say much. Many boxers have good records, but it depends on whom you have boxed. Maidana has not yet boxed people who are the caliber of opponents I’ve boxed in the ring. For me, talking about experience, I have boxed and beaten a lot of alleged KO punchers. Further, although I’ve had some unfair defeats, I’ve continued to fight on and and my childhood dream has been realized. From childhood I wanted to be world champion and I am now!”
How have you changed since winning the world title?
I’m very private just as I’ve always been, but by winning the world championship belt in the ring, I’ve become much more self-confident….and I live my dream!
What goals do you have now that you’ve reached your dream to become world champion?
This second title defense for me is once again something special. Not every boxer has a chance to box in world championship fights. I will win and show that I’m the world champion and will remain world champion. After a victory against Maidana, I want more titles. I’ll also be happy to have title unification fights in America. I’d like at least a second world championship belt. God will help me!
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“The Champion Returns” PPV card featuring WBA heavyweight champion in recess Ruslan “White Tyson” Chagaev (26-0-1, 20 KOs) against Carl Davis Drumond (26-0, 20 KOs), WBA light welterweight champion Andreas Kotelnik (30-3-1, 13 KOs) against #1 contender Marcos Rene “El Chino” Maidana (25-0, 24 KOs) and unbeaten WBA #11 heavyweight Denis Boytsov (23-0, 18 KOs) against Israel “King Kong” Garcia (19-2, 11 KOs) takes place live from the Stadhalle in Rostock, Germany.
The pay-per-view telecast will be distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports for live viewing at 2PM ET/11AM PT on cable pay-per-view via iN Demand and TVN for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. A same day replay will be shown at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/ET. The event will also be available in Canada on TSN.
A tape replay is scheduled for Saturday, February 7 at 9 PM/ET 6 PM/PT.
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion