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Q&A: Susi Kentikian


Four days after her split decision win over Nadia Raoui, unbeaten WBA/WBO/WIBF female flyweight world champion Susi Kentikian is taking it easy visiting her grandfather Hayk from Los Angeles and enjoying her new pink WBO weomen’s championship belt.

Susi, have you looked at your fight on video yet?

“Yes, that was a very close result. And when I saw it on TV, I admit that Nadia made a super strong impression. But I didn’t feel her pressure in the ring.”

It was not a dominating victory this time – what do you attribute that to?

“In the last year I’ve boxed against four world champions and won four times. That says something about the matter. I wasn’t in top form, which I had expected of myself. Still the win was justified.”

Would you fight Nadia again?

“Of course. Nadia Raoui has earned a rematch. And I’m sure the fans would also like this. But now I have to recharge my battery again. In my life it always goes up and down – up to now that has only made me stronger. So I take the very nasty criticism with mixed emotions. I know I’ll be better next time.”

How do you like the new WBO female belt?

“Cool. I like pink. It looks kind of cute in comparison to the men’s belts. And it’s much more manageable and better suited to my body. Now it’s a lot lighter to carry all three world championship belts.”

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