Dina Thorslund (13-0, 6 KOs) and April Adams (11-1-1, 4 KOs) came face-to-face at a press conference today in Copenhagen ahead of their WBO World Super Bantamweight title clash on Saturday at the Forum Horsens in Denmark.
Thorslund, Denmark’s only reigning World Champion, makes a second defence of her WBO 122lbs strap against mandatory challenger April ‘Armageddon’ Adams, the current WBO Asia Pacific Champion from Brisbane, Australia.
Both fighters appeared in a confident mood as they met with the media in the Danish capital before making the trip to Horsens for their World title contest.
“I look forward to getting in the ring on Saturday,” said Thorslund. “I know Adams is an offensive fighter and I’m expecting a great fight. She comes with the storm, but it is me who brings the thunder. I will send her back down under with a bang. I believe I will win this fight by knockout.”
“It will be a great fight,” echoed Thorslund’s coach Thomas Madsen. “Adams can only box on the front foot and only knows one way, which is forward. This will give Dina some good opportunities. I believe she will knock Adams out on Saturday and show why she is the best in the world!”
“It’s great to be here in Denmark,” said Adams. “Everyone has been very welcoming and I look forward to boxing in front of the Danish fans. I’m here for one reason and that’s to take the belt home to Australia. Every fighter dreams of this opportunity and this is something I have been working towards my whole career. I’m well prepared and I feel ready to become World Champion.”
“We wouldn’t have travelled all this way if we didn’t believe April could win this fight,” added Adams’ trainer John Bastable. “They say they’re coming for the knockout and I hope they bring it from the first round because April is ready!”
Anita Christensen: “Thorslund Can Become A Multi-weight World Champion”
Former WBC and WBA World Champion Anita Christensen is backing Dina Thorslund (13-0, 6 KOs) to defend her WBO World Super Bantamweight title against April Adams (11-1-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday at the Forum Horsens, and believes her fellow Dane can become a future multi-weight World Champion.
“There’s no limit to what Dina can achieve, she has huge potential,” says Christensen, who until 2018 was Denmark’s only female World Champion.
An hounour Christensen now shares with Thorslund, with whom she had the opportunity to spar and train alongside before hanging up her gloves in 2012.
“I remember from sparring that that Dina hits incredibly hard with both hands. There’s a lot of weight in her punches and she possesses a lot of power.
“I think Dina has the potential to become a World Champion in multiple weight classes. She has the ability to box anywhere in the world. She has the skills and also the confidence to go really far.”
Thorslund must first overcome her mandatory challenger, the current WBO and Asia Pacific Champion, April ‘Armageddon’ Adams from Brisbane, Australia. A task Christensen believes Thorslund is more than capable of achieving.
“Adams is the type of fighter that likes to come forward and fight on the inside, and that is where Dina is really strong,” she says.
“Dina will be challenged when she encounters a technical boxer, who is fighting at a distance, and this is not the case with Adams. If Adams does not change her normal tactics, where she wants to turn a fight into a a brawl, then she is in big trouble. My prediction is that Dina will knock Adams out.”
Thorslund headlines the Forum Horsens, the same venue Cristensen defended her WBA World Bantamweight title against Bettina Gabriela Garino in 2007.
“Horsens is a cool boxing town,” recalls Christensen. “The atmosphere was fantastic when I fought there and I’m sure it will be the same on Saturday night so Dina has something to really look forward to.”
Thorslund Coach: “Dina Is Ready To Give Adams A Beating!”
Thomas Madsen believes Dina Thorslund (13-0, 6 KOs) is primed to deliver a knockout performance when she defends her WBO World Super Bantamweight title against April Adams (11-1-1, 4 KOs) on June 22 at the Forum Horsens.
Denmark’s only World Champion puts her WBO strap on the line against Adams, the current Australian and WBO Asia Pacific Champion, who has worked her way into a mandatory position to force a shot at Thorslund’s crown.
Ahead of her second World title defence, Madsen reveals Thorslund has had the perfect training camp, and insists she is ready to defend her belt and prove why she is the number one fighter in the super bantamweight division.
“The training has gone well, the sparring has gone well and Dina’s weight has never been better,” said Madsen. “We’ve trained hard for a tough opponent who is going to come forward all night, but Dina is ready to give Adams a beating!
“Dina has told me that she is looking for a knockout, and I support that. I think she will systematically break Adams down until the hammer falls and she lands the knockout blow. She’s ready to show why she’s the best in the world!”
Former UFC fighter and Bare Knuckle Boxing Champion Bec Rawlings is backing April Adams (11-1-1, 4 KOs) to bring home the WBO World title when she meets Dina Thorslund (13-0, 6 KOs) on June 22 at the Forum Horsens.
Rawlings, who has recently signed with MMA promotion Bellator, has been sparring Adams in preparation for her World title tilt, and is confident the Brisbane-boxer has the beating of the reigning 122 lbs champion.
“April is looking great,” she says. “She’s had a great camp and really levelled up in training these past weeks. I have no doubt she’ll bring home the belt!”
Having fought at the highest level, Rawlings is no stranger to facing the best and has offered Adams the following advise ahead of her biggest career test.
“I think the key to performing on the World stage is keeping a cool head, having confidence in your skills and calm in your mind,” says the 30 year-old mixed martial artist, who has not ruled out a future crossover into professional boxing.
“Professional boxing is definitely on my bucket list. I’ve fallen in love with the sport since crossing over to Bare Knuckle Boxing so it’s definitely something I’d love to test myself in.”
But for now, Rawlings focus remains on MMA and her upcoming Bellator debut. “I’m really itching to get in the Bellator cage so I’m pushing to get on their October card,” she says.
Australian Adams Invites Crown Princess Mary To World Title Showdown With Thorslund
April Adams (11-1-1, 4 KOs) hopes to have her compatriot Crown Princess Mary of Denmark ringside when she challenges Dina Thorslund (13-0, 6 KOs) for the WBO World Super Bantamweight title on June 22 at the Forum Horsens.
Adams travels to Denmark in an attempt to dethrone the reigning 122 lbs ruler Thorslund, and the Brisbane-boxer, nicknamed ‘Armageddon’, dreams of doing so in front of the Australian-born Crown Princess.
“It would be absolutely amazing if Princess Mary could attend the event. I understand she has many obligations but my team and I would feel very privileged to have her ringside,” said Adams.
“It would be an honour to be able to perform in front of Princess Mary, not only because she is royalty but because she is a fellow Australian.
“Aussies love their sport and I’ve been overwhelmed by the number of people reaching out. It’s comforting to have people and local businesses wanting to help you and want to see you succeed. I’m so thankful for the support I’m receiving so far.
“Bringing the belt home isn’t just about winning a world title. It’s about giving back to all the people that have helped me on this journey: my sponsors, supporters and especially my team. I want to put Australia back on the world boxing stage.”
Frederik Hede Jensen faces Ruben Garcia on June 22
Frederik Hede Jensen (4-1, 2 KOs) will face Ruben Garcia (5-7-2, 1 KO) as the Grindsted-boxer returns on the undercard of Dina Thorslund’s WBO Female World title defence against April Adams on June 22 at the Forum Horsens.
Hede Jensen, who will be fighting over six rounds in the super featherweight, division, is expecting a stern test from his Spanish opponent, but believes he will have the perfect game plan to topple Garcia and claim his fifth win.
“I think he is a good boxer and actually better than what his ranking indicates. He has met some good opponents and he is an experienced boxer. I have respect for Ruben Garcia and take the task very seriously,” said Hede Jensen.
“I expect a tough fight against an opponent, who comes to Denmark with one goal – to win. Together with my coach, we are going to make a solid game plan for the big day, so that we can execute this fight perfectly.”
This will be the second time the 22 year-old has faced Spanish opposition after a split decision loss to Brian Pelaez in March 2018, but having learned from this setback, the Dane believes he has developed into a more complete fighter.
“My grandmother taught me from when I was little that a defeat makes you stronger and can be very educational,” he says. “I learned a lot from that fight and I have been training harder in the gym, trying to develop myself more physically, technically and mentally. Together with my team, I have changed my mindset a little and have become more balanced and tactical in my approach.”
Hede Jensen faces Garcia as part of an action-packed undercard in Horsens, which features Danish heavyweight hope Kem Ljungquist, Norwegian cruiserweight Kai Robin Havnaa, Copenhagen’s Landry Kore, Swedish lightweight prospect Joanna Ekedahl, Vejle super middleweight Haris Dzindo and Horsens boxers Michael Nielsen and Amer Rasinlic.
KORE AND EKEDAHL CONFIRMED FOR HORSENS
Landry Kore (9-0-1, 5 KOs) and Joanna Ekedahl (8-0, 3 KOs) are confirmed for a huge night of boxing at the Forum Horsens on June 22 as Dina Thorlsund defends her WBO World Super Bantamweight title against April Adams.
Kore, the reigning IBO Mediterranean Champion from Copenhagen, will be fighting in Denmark for the first time since 2016 having gone on the road to claim victories in America, Belgium and Britain before fighting to a draw against Faton Vukshinaj at the CongressPark in Wolfsburg in April.
“It‘s a great feeling to fight in my home country Denmark on a Team Sauerland card again after almost three years,” said Kore, who will face Tomas Bezvoda (6-6, 3 KOs) in a six-round contest. “I‘m delighted to give the fans in Horsens the pleasure of seeing the number one middleweight in the country.”
Ekedahl returns to Denmark after the second-round TKO of Alina Samsonova in Struer last August. The 29 year-old from Stockholm has impressed so far in her professional career and will look to continue her unbeaten run as she takes on Serbia’s Jelena Janicijevic (2-1, 2 KOs) over six rounds.
Kore and Ekedahl join an action-packed undercard in Horsens that features Danish heavyweight hope Kem Ljungquist, Norwegian cruiserweight Kai Robin Havnaa, super featherweight Frederik Hede Jensen, Vejle super middleweight Haris Dzindo and Horsens boxers Michael Nielsen and Amer Rasinlic.
Tickets for Thunder From Down Under: Dina Thorslund vs. April Adams for the WBO Female World Super Bantamweight Championship are available online via www.ticketmaster.dk or by calling (+45) 70 15 65 65.