The first “Universum Champions Night” of 2010 is set for Saturday at Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany with two world championship fights and four interesting heavyweight showdowns. Two unbeaten world champions collide in a female super fight in the featherweight division. WBC/WIBF/WBO featherweight champion Ina Menzer (25-0, 9 KOs) will defend her three belts against reigning WIBF super featherweight champion Ramona Kühne (15-0, 4 KOs). Also WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (36-2, 22 KOs) defends against Ruben Eduardo Acosta (23-3-5, 7 KOs). Today the combatants faced off at the final press conference at the Rothenseer Autohaus.
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“Behind me lies the most rotten Christmas of my life,” stated Menzer. “I’m well-trained – even on Christmas Eve and New Year’s. I couldn’t visit relatives and always had to pay attention to what I eat. I’m highly motivated so the whole effort has been worthwhile! Now I want successfully dictate the fight on Saturday. You can’t buy experience and I see having ten more fights to be an advantage against Ramona.”
Menzer’s trainer Michael Timm commented, “We know Ramona has done in three other weight classes. This is a warning to us, we will not underestimate her. We evaluate Ramona as a boxer at the top. We’ve put together some things tactically, but there was no special preparation.”
“To become a world champion in a fourth weight class is for me a gigantic challenge,” said Kühne who has won world titles at jr welterweight, lightweight and super featherweight. “I’m taking Ina Menzer very seriously. She has gotten three belts for free. I think she has to deal with me and this won’t be easy. It’ll be a good fight, we are both good technicians.”
Kühne’ trainer Stephan Böstfleisch: “Technically and we have not changed a lot, but we have a long hard sparring phase behind us and have trained diligently through the holidays in Magdeburg. We’re ready and very excited.”
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (36-2, 22 KOs) will now face WBO #11 rated Ruben Eduardo Acosta (23-3-5, 7 KOs) on Saturday in Magdeburg, Germany. Acosta stepped in at late notice to replace Edison Miranda, who had to pull out due to illness.
“In 2009 I became world champion. This was my best year. This should continue in 2010,” said Stieglitz. “Not much has changed for me with the new opponent. The styles of Miranda and Acosta should be similar. I’m prepared very well. Nevertheless, tonight we’ll do a long video study of Acosta’s fights. Now I just need to quickly make the changes in my head.”
Steiglitz’ trainer Torsten Schmitz added, “Robert and I have grown together as a team. The fact that the opponent has changed is nothing new for us. We are prepared for a world championship. There will be no underestimating [Acosta]. No one gets a world title shot for nothing.”
The challenger Acosta, who hails from Argentina, stated “I’m happy about this world championship chance. I will show a good fight. I’ve looked at films of the fights of Stieglitz on the Internet. He’s a good champion. I think it will be quite a hard fight, but I am in very good shape as I was scheduled to box next week. However, with this chance here there isn’t a second time.”
Ulf Steinforth, chief of Universum partner SES Boxing, stated “That Robert’s original opponent Edison Miranda has fallen out was a big shock. But I warned him against underestimating this Argentinian and reminded him that he also was an underdog against a local fighter when he became a champion. This is dangerous! The ticket sales have never gone so good in Magdeburg. This is by far the hottest boxing promotion I can remember here. Two world title fights and four heavyweight fights, this gets the boxing heart pumping. There are still some tickets left.”
The undercard is loaded with heavyweight talent.
Highly regarded and world rated heavyweight Denis Boytsov (26-0, 21 KOs) puts his unbeaten record on the line against Kevin Montiy (17-6-1, 13 KOs). “I was very well-behaved over the holidays and was always in bed early,” said Boytsov. “I’m taking this fight very seriously. I feel that 2010 will be my year. I’d like to climb higher in the rankings, which I can with a clear victory on Saturday.”
Unbeaten heavyweight Manuel “Diamond Boy” Charr (13-0, 6 KOs) faces his toughest test in former world title challenger Owen “What the Heck” Beck (29-3, 20 KOs). “This is our biggest and toughest fight, but I would like to knock him out,” said Charr. “I’m ready.” Beck stated, “I thank God that I have another chance to box once again in this country.I won’t talk long, I just want to go out and defeat my opponent.”
Heavyweight prospects Christian Hammer (4-1, 3 KOs) and Markus Tomala (6-1, 3 KOs) meet in an interesting crossroads fight between stablemates.
German interim heavyweight champion Sebastian Köber (19-0, 13 KOs) will take on Zack Page (19-27-2, 7 KOs).
Also seeing action will be two-time former middleweight world title challenger Khoren Gevor (30-4, 16 KOs), who returns for the first time since his challenge against Felix Sturm against Jeferson Luis Goncalo (19-7-3, 10 KOs).
A further highlight will be the second pro fight of 2009 amateur world champion Jack Culcay (1-0). His opponent will be named in the coming days. “I’m having a lot of fun working with the team of Universum,” said ‘Golden Jack.’ “I have a very good trainer with Michael Timm. I’ve noticed great progress. I want to show this to everyone on Saturday.”