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Tajbert-Aoh heats up

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This Friday, WBC super featherweight champion Vitali Tajbert (20-1, 6 KOs) will face the most important and most difficult fight of his career as he defends against #2 ranked former world champion Takahiro Aoh (19-2-1, 9 KOs) in Nagoya.

At the press conference in front of 50 journalists at the Hilton Nagoya hotel there was already a first test of wills. “I will win the fight because the belt simply looks better on me,” Aoh said.

“That’s not right,” responded Tajbert. “The green belt clearly looks better on me, so I’ll keep it. You’d better be ready!”

Tajbert and his trainer Magomed Schaburow have been in Japan sinve November 15. “We’re very well acclimatized here, Tajbert added. “Good thing we have arrived early. It’s very beautiful here, all very orderly and there’s as much high tech as in America. I’m looking forward to the fight.”

Universum VP Dietmar Poszwa and Schaburow’s co-trainer Vardan Zakardayan arrived on Tuesday. “Vitali has been made very welcome and here has been pleasant. His friendly and humorous way, people have taken her to him, the same heart. At the press conference we have noticed that both have lots of respect for each other. Slowly the tension will rise. Much is at stake for both.”

Trainer Magomed Schaburow: “The preparation here was very good. We are ready and know what it’s about. This is our first away fight as a professional, so we must be especially vigilant. But we are. Vitali is a very experienced boxer. ”

The fight night in Nagoya is a world title twinbill. On the same card Juan Carlos Burgos (25-0, 18 KOs) collides with former champ Hozumi Hasegawa (28-3, 12 KOs) for the vacant WBC featherweight title. 10,000 fans are expected in the Nagoya’s Gaishi Hall.




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