Klara Svensson (14-0, 5 KOs) and Otto Wallin (7-0, 5 KOs), two of the biggest Swedish talents in boxing, are in capable hands. Their coach, 48 year-old Joey Gamache, is a former two-time world champion, who is now shaping tomorrow’s pro boxing stars.
“When we talk about Klara and Otto, we talking about fighters who come to the gym with an ambition. Hunger! I like that attitude,” said Gamache. “These two Swedes are very demanding. They have high expectations of themselves.”
As a boxer, Gamache won world titles at two weights, he held the WBA super featherweight title in 1991 before stepping up to lightweight the following year to claim another title.
In September 2014, he was in Klara Svensson’s corner when she won the WBC interim World Light Welterweight title in Copenhagen.
Gamache on Svensson:
“I see a lot of potential. It’s all about development and improving. Not just being content with the win but saying I need to get better and better. With Klara I’m seeing a lot of work ethic and that mentality. It’s inspiring for me compared to those who feel they are at the plateau of their career.
“Cecilia Brækhus is the best out there. For Klara it’s a one step at a time deal to get to where Cecilia is. We can’t go chasing those shoes right now, because those are big shoes to fill. But Klara can make a name for herself. She has endless potential.”
“Fundamentally speaking she has a lot of good tools to work with: she’s got height, reach and power. Her record might not indicate that, but she can punch with either hand.
“She seems to be improving from fight to fight. When we first got together she said to me: ‘Joey you’ve seen me perform, but I’m better than this’. She puts a lot of pressure on herself. She always wants to deliver more. She wants to be the best that she can be.”
Gamache on Wallin:
“Otto is a bright guy. He’s easy to train. He understands the simplicity of boxing. It’s not about how pretty it is, but how effective it is. He’s really a thinking fighter.”
“I got him early on and he has great fundamentals. No bad habits. He’s a southpaw with very good technic and good work ethic. He can be aggressive, a good body puncher, has a good jab, good defence and footwork. These are the trademarks you want in order to make a career in this business. He’s a big prospect and he’s got time on his side. With him the sky is the limit. Otto is a champion in the making.”
Klara Svensson and Otto Wallin are both in action on November 29 at the Falconer Hall at the Radisson Blu in Copenhagen, live on TV10. Svensson defends her interim WBC Female World Light Welterweight title against Lucia Morelli (18-4, 8 KOs), while Otto Wallin takes on Vjekoslav Bajic (8-7, 2 KOs). Tickets are available via billetnet.dk.