Mikaela Laurén (27-1, 12 KOs) and Klara Svensson (16-1, 5 KOs) both made weight ahead of their grudge match tomorrow night at the Hovet in Stockholm.
The Swedish rivals battle it out for the interim WBC Female World Welterweight belt and a chance to face female pound-for-pound number one Cecilia Brækhus for her unified titles.
At today’s weigh-in, Laurén, the former WBC Super Welterweight Champion weighed in marginally heavier than Svensson, who has previously held titles at light welterweight.
WBC Female World Welterweight Championship:
Mikaela Laurén: 65.8kg
Klara Svensson: 65.6.kg
Their World Championship clash will be supported by a full undercard featuring the very best of Swedish boxing including undefeated light welterweight Anthony Yigit and heavyweight hope Otto Wallin, alongside controversial British boxer Dereck Chisora.
Heavyweight – 8 Rounds:
Dereck Chisora: 119kg
Drazan Janjanin: 93kg
Light Welterweight – 10 Rounds:
Anthony Yigit: 65.9kg
Armando Robles: 65.9kg
Heavyweight – 8 Rounds:
Otto Wallin: 101kg
Osborne Machimana: 135kg
Naim Terbunja: 77.8kg
Baptiste Castegnaro: 77.3kg
Female Light Welterweight:
Patricia Berghult: 63kg
Magyar Kinga: 62.4kg
CJ Hussein is confident Mikaela Laurén (27-3, 12 KOs) will defeat Kara Svensson (16-1, 5 KOs) on September 10 when the Swedish fighters square off for the interim WBC Female World Welterweight title at the Hovet in Stockholm.
The London-based coach is the latest addition to Lauren’s training team and proved instrumental in overseeing the Stockholm-fighter’s three-round destruction of former welterweight World Champion Ivana Habazin at the Hovet in April.
In preparation for her blockbuster clash with Svensson, Laurén will once again be relying on Hussein’s expertise, and following training sessions in Stockholm and London, the pair are currently undergoing an intensive training camp in the French mountains to ensure the former WBC Super Welterweight Champion enters the ring in optimum condition.
Speaking ahead of the fight, Hussein is convinced his fighter has the beating of her domestic rival and has predicted a stoppage victory for the ‘Nordic Queen’.
‘’Boxing is all about levels,’’ says Hussein. ‘’And Klara has never fought anyone on Mikaela’s level. The one time she did step up to fight Erica Farias for the World title she was put on the floor, and that girl was only half her size, so you can only imagine what Mikaela is going to do to her.
‘’There really is no comparison. Mikaela is a one hundred times more superior fighter than Klara. She’s got the footwork, the hand speed, the strength, the experience – everything she needs to win, and if Mikaela sticks to the game plan, it’s going to be an easy night’s work.’’
While working on a winning formula for Laurén, Hussein has also been doing his homework on Svensson, and believes he has the ‘Swedish Princess’ sussed out.
‘’We know exactly what to expect from Klara,’’ he says. ‘’She’s not going to stand in the middle of the ring and fight, that would be suicidal, she’s going to try to use her jab, pick her shots and run around the ring. She will be running all night, but as soon as Mikaela catches her, the fight is over. I can only see one outcome and that’s a KO victory for Mikaela.’’
Mikaela Laurén says she will send Swedish rival Klara Svensson to sleep
Laurén believes Svensson lacks punch resistance, citing her 2015 World title defeat to WBC Light Welterweight Champion Erica Farias, in which the 28 year-old suffered a heavy knockdown in the fifth-round, as evidence.
On this occasion, Svensson was able to find her feet, eventually losing a ten-round decision, but ahead of their blockbuster clash, Laurén has sent a chilling message to her domestic foe, stating this time, she will not hear the final bell.
‘’Of course, I’ve watched the Farias fight, I’ve seen Klara get knocked down, and that has given me a lot of confidence,’’ says Laurén. ‘’I know I’m much stronger than that opponent, and if she can hurt Klara, then so can I.
‘’Klara has never felt power like mine before, and when I hit her it will shock her, and she will wish she never took this fight. She may have recovered from Farias’ punches, but when I land my shots, she won’t get back up, she’s going down for the count.’’
Laurén, who has won her last three World title fights inside the distance, has reiterated her belief that she will be too big and too powerful for Svensson, and has laughed off suggestions that her opponent can put on the necessary muscle mass to match her strength.
‘’There is no way she can be stronger than me,’’ she says. ‘’I’ve seen that she has been lifting lots of weights, but that wont help, it’s not possible for her to put on the muscle weight she needs during this short period of time. I’m already strong for my weight class, and I’m going to be even stronger at welterweight.’’
Tickets for the interim WBC Female World Welterweight title fight between Mikaela Laurén and Klara Svensson on September 10 at the Hovet are available online via www.globearenas.se and www.axs.com or by calling 0771-31 00 00.
All the action will be available to watch live and exclusive in Scandinavia on Viaplay Fighting. For more information please visit http://www.viaplay.se.
WBC interim World title on the line for Laurén and Svensson
The interim WBC Female World Welterweight title will be on the line for Mikaela Laurén (27-3, 12 KOs) and Klara Svensson (16-1, 5 KOs) when they square-off in their hotly anticipated domestic showdown on September 10 at the Hovet in Stockholm.
The belt will give extra significance to an already huge fight for the Swedish rivals, which has also been confirmed as a final eliminator to face Norwegian boxing queen Cecilia Brækhus for her unified welterweight titles.
‘’This is a great opportunity for both fighters to get their hands on the WBC’s prestigious interim World title. It will also solidify their position as the mandatory challenger for Cecilia Brækhus’ World titles,’’ said promoter Nisse Sauerland.
‘’This fight has already attracted a huge amount of attention from the Swedish public, and we expect the interest to continue to grow as fight night approaches. Tickets are selling fast and we look forward to welcoming a capacity crowd to the Hovet to witness this historic event.’’
The female fighters came face-to-face for the first time since the fight’s announcement earlier this week at a tense press conference in Stockholm. Laurén likened her rival to a mosquito and vowed to knock her out, while Svensson promised to silence Laurén with her superior boxing skills.
Tickets for their blockbuster clash on September 10 at the Hovet are available online via www.globearenas.se and www.AXS.com or by calling 0771-31 00 00.
All the action will be available to watch live on Viaplay Fighting across Scandinavia. For more information please visit www.viaplay.se.