Prior to the WBA heavyweight title fight between Nikolai Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev, Team Sauerland has launched its English webpage, www.boxing-online.com. Fans will not only find all the latest news and background information about star fighters such as Valuev, Povetkin and King Arthur but also receive video updates from training camps and fight venues. Former WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster, who will also be in action on Saturday night, is featured in a special video blog from today´s media practice session in Helsinki. There will be additional updates from the Russian Giant in the next couple of days.
The biggest and tallest heavyweight champion of all time had arrived in Finland on Sunday night. Today he welcomed dozens of reporters to an open work-out. “I am in great shape,” Valuev (50-1, 34 KOs) said. “The big day has finally come. I want to take revenge and erase the dark memories of the only defeat of my career.” Coach Alexander Zimin had scheduled a light work-out session which featured stretching, shadow boxing and fitness exercises. “I am pleased with his form,” the coach said. “He will take care of business on Saturday night.” Chagaev (25-0, 17 KOs) cancelled his appearance at today´s event.
On the undercard of the hotly-anticipated fight night at Hartwall Arena, WBA/WBC female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (11-0, 2 KOs) will make her first title defence, taking on Amy Yuratovac (6-2, 6 KOs). “She has no chance,” the immensely popular First Lady said. “I will not give away my belts!”
While Lamon Brewster (35-4, 30 KOs) battles it out with Juho Haapoja (9-2, 7 KOs), Scandinavian heavyweight hopeful Robert Helenius (7-0, 3 KOs) looks to please his hometown fans with a victory over experienced Scott Gammer (18-3, 9 KOs). “That is without a doubt the most difficult fight of my career,” the local hero said. “But with the support of my home fans I will beat him. I do not plan to disappoint them at all.”
Remaining tickets for the hotly-anticipated fight night at the Hartwall Arena, which is organised by Tailor Events and P3 Boxing, are available at www.lippu.fi as well as +358 600 900 900. VIP packages can be purchased at www.revengeofthegiant.com.