WBA #1 rated super middleweight contender and mandatory title challenger Gusmyr Perdomo of Spotlight Boxing has wrapped up his training camp in Hamburg and his team are headed to Denmark to face Danish world champion Mikkel Kessler in Kessler’s homeland. Perdomo (16-2, 10 KOs), who hails from Venezuela, celebrated his 33rd birthday on Monday. He will take on the champion Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) on Saturday at the MCH Messecenter in Herning. Before his departure to Denmark, mandatory challenger Gusmyr Perdomo spoke to www.boxing.de.
Now that your sparring is concluded, how were your preparations for this important fight?
“Everything ran really well and optimally. I had really strong, tough, young sparring partners – and now everything is in the best order. I’m in shape!”
As a South American, what’s the biggest difference for you between the South American and European boxing culture?
“The boxing in Europe is more strategic and technical, more oriented toward technical details. We Latinos come more to fight and have an unconditional will – a big fighter’s heart. During the last few months, my trainer Michael Timm has shown me many of these technical nuances and, besides, I still have my fighter’s heart. From this special mixture come my strengths!“
Mikkel Kessler’s only defeat until now was against southpaw Joe Calzaghe. You are also a southpaw. Have you closely studied the Kessler-Calzaghe fight?
“Naturally! I’ve had a look at the most important parts with my trainer Michael Timm on DVD. There was, of course, some important knowledge and details. We’ve also seen a lot of Kessler’s “specialties” from other fights. This is all part of good preparation and is what you build your fight strategy upon.“
What are Kessler’s strongest weapons – and how will you defeat him?
We know his strengths and we know how to beat him! But, this will remain our secret up to the fight. I want to defeat Kessler and fulfill my dream of becoming a world champion. I want the belt for myself, for my family, for my box stable and for my homeland!“
Spotlight Boxing promoter Dietmar Poszwa added, “Of course Gusmyr Perdomo is a longshot against the experienced and multiple world champion Mikkel Kessler, particularly as the fight is taking place in Kessler’s native country of Denmark. But Gusmyr has looked so strong in his training and in his last fights that I have every confidence in him. In any case, we’re going to Denmark with the clear purpose to dethrone the world champion!“