Erik Skoglund successfully defended his European (EU) Light Heavyweight Title with a ninth-round stoppage of Danilo D’Agata at the Nordic Fight Night in Esbjerg, Denmark.
The 22 year-old outclassed his awkward opponent to remain undefeated and secure his twentieth professional victory.
‘’It was a good fight,’’ said Skoglund. ‘’D’Agata was a tricky opponent. He had a good jab and was difficult to reach. I knew that as the fight went on he would tire and I would be able to get to him. I was pleased to get the stoppage.’’
Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: ‘’This was a great win for Erik. He overcame a difficult opponent who could have potentially given him some problems. Erik has showed tonight that he is world class and I believe he is ready to fight for a bigger title.’’
Swedish Olympian Anthony Yigit was also in action, facing the previously undefeated Kasper Bruun in a Scandinavian showdown for the WBC Baltic Light Welterweight Title.
An entertaining fight was cut short due to an eye injury sustained by Bruun following an accidental clash of heads. After six rounds the judges scored the bout 58-56, 58-56 and 58-55, all in favour of Yigit.
‘’It was not the way I wanted to win,’’ said Yigit in reference to the early stoppage. ‘’But tonight I proved I am the better boxer and if the fight had carried on I am convinced I would have stopped him. I would love a rematch with Kasper, but I do not believe he will take it.”
Yigit’s coach Joey Gamache added: ‘’Anthony did exactly what we had trained to do. Had the fight gone further, he would have given Kasper even bigger problems. I think everyone could see that.’’