Tim-Robin Lihaug (14-1, 8 KOs) can claim his fifteenth professional victory on Saturday, December 12 when he takes on Jozsef Racz (5-4, 1 KO) at the Brondby Hallen in Copenahgen, Denmark.
The Bergen-boxer is taking nothing for granted as he prepares to face the 20 year-old Hungarian who claimed the Global Boxing Council’s Youth title in his last contest.
‘’Jozsef’s record is a little deceptive,’’ says Lihaug. ‘’I’ve studied some of his fights and he is a good boxer. He’s definitely not a guy I can overlook. He’s young, he’s hungry and he’s coming of a title win so I will need to take this fight very seriously, but I’m well prepared and I believe I’m the better boxer.’’
The 22 year-old is also expecting to benefit from a change in his training methods. ‘’For the last two and a half months we’ve looking to boost my speed and explosiveness,’’ he says. ‘’I can already sense a big difference, and I’m looking forward to showcasing these improvements next Saturday night.’’
In preparation for his upcoming bout, Lihaug, who now lives and trains in Alicante in Spain with renowned Norwegian coach Ulf Johansen, also spent two weeks in Berlin. Where, amongst other up and coming German talents, he sparred WBO World Champion Arthur Abraham.
‘’Sparring with Arthur Abraham was a great experience,’’ revels the young fighter. ‘’He is like an idol to me. He was one of the first boxers I used to watch when I first started in the sport so to share the ring with him was a lot fun.
‘’It gave me a lot of confidence. Arthur is the best in the world and I did well against him. As a result, I’ve proven to myself that I’m not far away from that top level. I just need to continue training and developing and take my time as I’m still young, and hopefully in a coupe of years I’ll be ready.’’
Lihaug fights on the undercard of a blockbuster show in the Danish capital headlined by bitter rivals Patrick Nielsen and Rudy Markussen, whose grudge match has already sold out the Brondby Hallen.
‘’It will be a new experience for me to fight in front of so many people,’’ says Lihaug. ‘’But it’s one more reason for me to make sure I look good and get the win!’’
Lihaug will be joined in action by fellow Norwegian fighter Kai Robin Havnaa (4-0, 3 KOs), who faces Lukasz Zygmunt (1-3) from Poland.