Photos: Eroll Popova
The world championship picture cleared up somewhat after Saturday night’s “Universum Champion’s Night” in Rostock, Germany. Hard luck WBA heavyweight champion (in recess) Ruslan Chagaev is now set for a summer date with WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev. Previously untested Carl Davis Drumond showed he can compete against top level opposition. WBA super lightweight champion Andreas Kotelnik summoned everything he had to narrowly defend his crown against his mandatory challenger and now eyes a unification clash in the USA. And Marcos Rene Maidana showed the kind of talent and exciting style that could propel him to superstardom.
Here’s what they had to say:
Ruslan Chagaev: “That unfortunately is something that happens in boxing. I’m sorry for the fans. I would like to have fought for twelve rounds or won by KO, but the injury was too severe. I can’t criticize Carl. I don’t think it was intentional. Now I’ll take a two-week break and then start training again. Every day my wife Victoria will give me a few kisses on the injury and then I’ll quickly recover. I’m looking forward to my next fight. For me the fight against Nikolai Valuev is sort of a fight of honor.”
Carl Davis Drumond: “It was in no way intentional. If the fight would have gone further, I would have won. My plan was to come on increasingly stronger.”
Andreas Kotelnik: “I’m happy that my second title defense was also successful. I’m the champion because it’s normal that tight rounds are scored for me, so for me the decision was completely in order. Now I hope for a big fight in the USA….and Rene Maidana owns the future. He’s young and very gifted. One day he’ll become a world champion.
Marcos Rene Maidana: “I gave everything. [The decision] was unlucky, but I can’t change it. Andreas is a great champion.”