Anthony Yigit (19-0-1, 7 KOs) and Sandor Martin (29-1, 10 KOs) both appeared in a confident mood as they exchanged words at today’s final pre-fight press conference ahead of their European Super Lightweight Championship fight on Saturday at the Solnahallen in Stockholm, Sweden.
Yigit became the first Swedish fighter for 30 years to claim the European strap when he went behind enemy lines to defeat former British Champion Lenny Daws for the coveted blue and gold belt in February, and his maiden defence will be the first time in over 50 years the title has been contested on Swedish soil.
The 26 year-old from Stockholm, who is hoping for a triumphant homecoming, believes he is just ‘too good’ and ‘too fit’ for his Spanish counterpart and is predicting a stoppage victory in the later rounds.
‘’Martin is a good all round fighter,’’ said Yigit. ‘’He can come forward, he can go backyards and he can counter. He can do a little bit of everything, but whatever he does, I can do it better, and I don’t think he is going to be able to withstand my tempo. I think he is going to quit in the later rounds. I’m just too fit and too good for him and I don’t believe he is going to be able to cope with my pace.
‘’I’ve fought abroad a lot. I’ve fought two Danish guys in Denmark, I’ve fought a German guy in Germany and I won the title in London so I’m used to being the away fighter, but of course, it’s always better to fight at home. This is where the title belongs and it will be a great feeling after 50 years to bring the European title back to Sweden and defend it here.’’
Martin has not come to make up the numbers, and the former European Union Champion from Barcelona says he will follow in the footsteps of his compatriots Javier Castillejo and Loli Munoz in securing a victory over his Swedish rival.
”I’m very happy to be here in Sweden and I’m really looking forward to this Saturday,’’ said Martin. ‘’Yigit is a very good fighter both in attack and defence but I believe I have the advantage in both departments. Like Javier Castillejo when he beat Paolo Roberto and Loli Munez when she defeated Mikaela Laurén, Spain will triumph over Sweden again and there will be a new champion!’’
Promoter Nisse Sauerland is expecting a tough fight for Yigit but is backing his fighter to retain his European crown. ‘’We’re delighted to be bringing the European title back to Sweden after 50 years for what promises to be great fight.
‘’Sandor is the mandatory challenger so there was no avoiding him. It’s a battle of the southpaws and he will provide a tough test for Anthony’s first defence. However I believe Anthony has the ability to make a real statement on Saturday night and from there we can start to look towards a World title challenge.‘’
Tickets for the European Super Lightweight title contest between Anthony Yigit and Sandor Martin are available online via www.ticketmaster.se or by calling (+46) 077-170 70 70.
Anthony Yigit (19-0-1, 7 KOs) says he will not let the pressure of fighting at home get in the way of defending his European Super Lightweight title against Sandor Martin (29-1, 10 KOs) on September 30 at the Solnahallen in Stockholm.
The Stockholm fighter was the first Swede to claim the European crown in over thirty years when he defeated former British Champion Lenny Daws for the vacant belt in London in February, and this Saturday, his maiden defence will be the first time the title has been contested on Swedish soil since 1966.
It will also be the first time that the 26 year-old has headlined a show in his native Sweden having only previously provided chief support for Erik Skoglund in Nyköping, and Mikaela Lauren and Klara Svensson at the Hovet in Stockholm.
Despite the magnitude of the fight and his newfound starring role, Yigit says nothing will affect his focus as he dedicates his first defence to the fans who were unable to travel to London to watch him capture the prestigious blue and gold belt.
‘’I’m not worried about the pressure,’’ says Yigit. ‘’I’ve never felt any pressure from fighting at home or there being a lot at stake. I feel excited! These are the types of fights I want to be involved in. I want to be in big fights and I want to be fighting for big titles. It only makes me hungrier and more determined to succeed.
‘’I can’t wait to go up and fight in front of the Swedish fans. I had to go to London to win the belt but now I’m back home to make my first defence. There are a lot of people who didn’t get to see me win the title, and this is my gift to them.
‘’I’m excited to have the crowd behind me. I was the first Swedish fighter to win a fight at the Olympics for 16 years. I was the first in 30 years to win the European title and now I’m bringing the title back home for the first fight in over 50 years. That’s special. I want to keep making history and setting new records. Swedish boxing is the best it’s ever been right now, and I want to help take it to the next level!
‘’I know Sandor Martin is a tough guy. He is a good technical fighter and he has the heart of a champion. I’m sure that one day he will become a great champion, but not this time, and not against me. This is my moment and nothing will stop me!’’
Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night are available online via www.ticketmaster.se or by calling the ticket hotline on (+46) 077-170 70 70. All the action will be shown live and exclusive on Viaplay Fighting. For more information please visit www.viaplay.se/figthing