The World Boxing Federation returns to Russia on Saturday May 25, when undefeated German Nikki Adler fights Latvian Zane Brige in what is expected to be an exiting rematch at the Olymp arena in Volgodonsk on a show promoted by SKV Boxing.
Adler and Brige will clash for the vacant WBF Womens World Super Middleweight title just relinquished by Christina Hammer, who has decided to focus on defending the WBF World Middleweight crown she also holds.
Born in Augsburg, Germany to Croatian parents, Adler (birth name Nikolina Orlovic) was an accomplished amateur. She turned pro in December 2010 and won the German national title in only her fifth bout, three months after defeating Brige on points in their original meeting in February 2011.
In October 2011 Adler won a European title by beating the respected Pia Porter. In 2012 she only fought once, winning a minor championship, while she started 2013 by capturing another belt defeating Bosnian Edita Lesnik. Now 9-0 (6), she is ready to give Brige another chance, and this time for a world championship.
Zane Brige brings a modest and deceiving 2-2-1 professional record, but also has good amateur experience. She won the Latvian national title in only her second fight, and lost a split decision to Marija Pejakovic in the Czech Republic for a minor title in 2011, so she have already proven herself at championship level.
If the rematch is anywhere near as competitive and entertaining as their first encounter, Russian boxing fans watching at ringside and on TV will be in for a treat. Both boxers like to mix it up, and both believe they can prove this time who is really the better of the two.