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Q&A: Magomed Schaburow

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Universum trainer Magomed Schaburow recently worked his three boxers Alexander Alekseev, Dimitri Sartison and Eddy Gutknecht for 18 days in the mountains of Austria. “We were in the Ötztal, where I prepared the boys for the sparring phase and the fights,” said Schaburow. “Everybody has improved. I am very satisfied and glad that we did the training camp.”

Alekseev fights on July 17th in Schwerin in a WBO cruiserweight eliminator against Denis Lebedev. “Alexander is doing well,” reports Schaburow. “Maybe not yet at 100 percent, but he will be for the fight. We have done a lot of strength training, but also hiking and have a few surprises that will remain confidential. Lebedev is an opponent to be taken very seriously.”

How was the moral in the group?

“The boys have pulled together well, the moral was good. We also had a lot of fun, had a barbecue, swam in the lake or bungee jumped. We must also have diversions sometimes. But at the end we’ve only been relaxing one hour during the day, the rest of the time we’ve worked hard.”

How’s it going with WBA world champion Dimitri Sartison? He boxes on July 31st against a tough challenger in Khoren Gevor.

“That’s right. But with him we’ve also got some good things underway. He’s also not arrived at 100 percent yet. He shouldn’t be at 100 percent in training, he needs it in the fight. Once we get through the last sparring sessions, everything is good.”

Gevor has a new trainer who includes a yoga program. Do you do this also?

“Khoren is a very good opponent, and a good boy at the same time. Maybe yoga helps, maybe it doesn’t. He must know this for himself. We have our own methods.”

When does Eddy Gutknecht enter the ring again?

“He’ll box on July 17th. It’ll be a tune-up fight so that he doesn’t get rusty. We must see if he’s put the defeat behind him. I think he’ll be more seasoned and experienced in the ring. We have high hopes for him.”

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