The interest for professional boxing is growing in Sweden since the prohibition from 1970 newly was repealed. Sweden today has many boxers that are climbing the world rankings.
Sweden’s and Scandinavia’s top heavyweight today is Adrian Granat, 14-0, 13 KOs.
Less than three weeks now remaining until the showdown between Adrian Granat and Alexander Dimitrenko – a fight that more often now is described as the biggest fight taking place in Sweden since the 70s.
The two fighters are very close on the WBC’s world ranking; Granat is no 22 and Dimitrenko no 24. A victory by Granat will have a serious impact for his career. In fact, a win will most likely place Granat in the top 15 in many of the big organizations, meaning that Granat could fight for the world title already in his next fight.
Promotor Erol Ceylan:
“We are very happy to take this kind of top heavyweight boxing to Sweden, a country that for a long time was one among very few countries in the world that prohibited professional boxing (alongside Norway, Jemen, Cuba and Iran). Dimitrenko is rated no 24. Granat no 22 on WBC.”
Adrian Granat is feeling stronger and sharper than ever- much due to his new coach for strength and condition, coach Seyit Ali Shobeiri.
“I feel very strong and very tough – ready for anyone. Dimitrenko will be the toughest fight in my career. He is very skilled and experienced. But I regard myself as being on another level. This is gonna be a good heavyweight fight.”
And Adrian Granat is not trying to hide that he wants to fight “the top ten” after Dimitrenko.
“Obviously I don’t wanna look past Dimitrenko too much. But if I take care of business in this fight I wanna fight guys like Dominic Breazeale, Dillian Whyte, Luis Ortiz, Lucas Browne or Joseph Parker next. Those type of guys. Once I have proven myself on that level, I’m ready to fight the very best, that is Klitschko, Wilder and Joshua.
The fight is being broadcasted live on Swedish and Russian TV.
Granat – Dimitrenko Quotes
Now less than five weeks remaining until Adrian Granat’s fight against Alexander Dimitrenko in Malmö, Sweden.
This week`s Monday, Granat traveled to Spain for a training camp with the legendary trainer Roman Anuchin (previously with Team Mayweather).
“It`s great to have a change of environment every now and then and it is an honor to get the chance to work with Roman. After my training camp in Spain, I will fly back to Hamburg and continue with a 2-3 weeks sparring camp. We have hired 5 tough sparring partners – let’s see how long they last”.
Last week, WBC rated Adrian Granat as No. 22 in the world (after only 14 fights). The same week, Boxing Monthly listed Adrian Granat as one of ten boxers to watch and follow during 2017 in the US and overseas.
“People are starting to pay attention. It’s fun, but nothing I particularly care about. My goal – and this is my only goal – is to become No. One. Already now I know that there are extremely few heavyweights out there who have a chance against me. The fight against Dimitrenko will be my toughest fight so far. He has fought 41 fights and has only lost three of them and he has great experience. Therefore I am ready to go the full distance if needed – BUT if Dimitrenko gives me just the smallest opening he will get knocked out quickly. That`s how I operate.”
Promotor Erol Ceylan is enthusiastic about the event:
“We have already sold a lot of tickets. You can really tell this is the first heavyweight title fight in Sweden in fifty years. The people in Malmö are very happy to have international professional boxing back after such a long time. Everybody has given us such a warm welcome.”
Dimitrenko won a tune up fight today in Hamburg, you can watch the fight on boxen news.