Things got a little testy at the final press conference five days before the big “Universum Champions Night” on Saturday at the Stadthalle in Rostock as the combatants faced off for the first time today in the Hanseatic city. With two double female world championships, three heavyweight fights and four other high-profile fights, this card is will be an October boxing highlight.
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World champions collide in two female world title bouts as unbeaten WBC/WIBF featherweight champion Ina Menzer (24-0, 9 KOs) meets jr. featherweight champion Esther Schouten (24-5-1, 13 KOs) in a rematch of their January clash considered by many to be the female fight of the year, and the “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian (25-0, 16 KOs) will display her spectacular fighting style defending her WBA and WIBF belts against WIBF jr flyweight champion Julia Sahin (20-0, 2 KOs).
The WBO has sacntioned both bouts for their new female WBO belts, so world champions Ina Menzer and Susi Kentikian will be boxing for three belts!
Ina Menzer: “Every fight is a challenge, no matter if I have already fought someone or not. The preparation was very good, I was back doing altitude training in the Alps. I take the opponent very seriously, but I do not overrate her.”
Menzer’s trainer Michael Timm: “Their first fight was already women’s boxing at the highest level. I’m expecting another fast, dynamic and highly technical fight!”
Esther Schouten: “After recovering from cancer, I’m back in the world rankings. The mistakes I made in the last battle against Ina, I made in my head. I hope for Ina that she’s eaten enough garlic and onions and drank plenty of water…”
Schouten’s trainer Dirk Dzemski: “This fight will be decided in the head. Esther needs to stay cool this time and she’ll do better.”
Susi Kentikian: “I know what I have to do. Now I have the experience to go ten rounds. Julia is a strong opponent who is unbeaten not only in her professional career, but was also really good as an amateur. I have prepared myself for the late start time of the fight by doing a lot of training in the evening.”
Kentikian’s trainer Magomed Schaburow: “Julia Sahin is very strong and has won everything there was to win, but we are fit and ready.”
Julia Sahin: “I’ve had over a year to prepare myself for this fight. And with my new trainer Mehmed Hendem I’ve been doing really well.”
Mehmed Hendem: “Julia is ready for everything. She’s gone through a great preparation and we will give everything.”
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The show in Rostock will also feature three high class heavyweight fights.
Unbeaten WBA #5, IBF #8, WBC #10, WBO #10 rated heavyweight KO artist Denis Boytsov (25-0, 20 KOs) will face Jason Gavern (18-5-3, 8 KOs), unbeaten Manuel Charr (12-0, 6 KOs) puts his unbeaten record on the line against veteran Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-10-2, 19 KOs), and Sebastian Köber (18-0, 13 KOs) meets Markus Tomala (6-0, 3 KOs) in a battle of unbeatens for the interim German heavyweight championship.
Denis Boytsov: “Proper preparation is always the key to success. They say the heavyweight division is currently boring. I disagree. It is and always has been the king’s class and I’m working my way to the top.”
Jason Gavern: “I’ve seen some of Denis’ fights, and although I respect him, I’ve never been KO’d in my career and it won’t happen against him either!”
Charr and Williams almost came to blows.
Manuel Charr: “I do not care who’s in front of me. I must beat everyonech muss jeden schlagen. I have to beat everyone. I have big goals, and therefore also must defeat Sherman.”
Sherman Williams: “This is the last stop for Manuel in his boxing career. After this he is finished.”
Charr responded: “You can already have what you’ll get on Saturday right now.”
And then they both went for each other and two security guards had to separate them.
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Also seeing action will be unbeaten Spotlight Boxing featherweight talent Marcel Meyerdiercks (13-0, 5 KOs), who will take the next step in his promising career against Zsolt Nagy (13-10, 5 KOs)…..highly regarded 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Rakhim Chakhkiev making his pro debut against Bulgarian Tayar Mehmed…..unbeaten OPI 2000 welterweight Phil Lo Greco (18-0, 10 KOs) risks his WBO #15 rating against on Albert Starikov (13-10-1, 4 KOs)…..and unbeaten super welterweight Damian Jonak (22-0, 17 KOs) takes on TBA.