Patrick Nielsen will make a first defence of his WBA Intercontinental Middleweight Title at the Nordic Fight Night on September 22 when he faces Spaniard Jose Yebes in Frederikshavn. The undefeated 21-year-old has nothing but good memories of Arena Nord, having knocked out Gaston Vega in April in his biggest fight to date. “That was quite a spectacular evening,” Nielsen said. “Vega refused to go down and kept coming at me but I eventually got him. Everybody who wants to take my title away from me will get punished. The next one in line to make this experience is Yebes. He´ll go down for sure as I plan to give the fans in Frederikshavn another night to remember.”
Yebes, 32, boasts a record of 11 victories (5 KOs), 2 losses and 1 draw, while Nielsen has won all 15 of his fights as a professional. Together with his coach Karsten Rower as well as training partners Edmund Gerber and Tyron Zeuge, he is currently shaping up in the United States. They are visiting several gyms in New York and Philadelphia to learn more about the American boxing culture. “It´s great to get out of Berlin and do something other than work-outs in our gym,” Nielsen said. “We´ve been in some pretty rough gyms over here and got some very good training. It´s a fantastic experience.”
Promoter Nisse Sauerland is pleased with the path Nielsen´s career has taken. “Patrick has developed very well,” Sauerland said. “In less than six months, he became IBF Youth Champion, scored a flash KO in front of his home fans and won the prestigious WBA Intercontinental Title. He is already ranked in the ninth spot by the WBA and if he gets past Yebes, which I fully expect him to do, he will have a lot of exciting options. But first things first – Yebes will be a tough test.”
Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night are available at www.arenanord.dk. Also on the card will be the women´s fight of the year, WBA / WBC / WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus versus French KO queen Anne Sophie Mathis. More bouts will be announced shortly.