Two days ahead of the Nordic Fight Night at TRE-FOR Arena, Torben Keller and Erik Skoglund took time out of their schedule to catch up with the children at Kolding Sygehus. The two unbeaten fighters signed autographs and handed out small boxing gloves. “It was very rewarding to have a chat with the kids. Even though some of them were in pain or sick, they were smiling and had a good time,” Torben Keller said. “After a few minutes, they really opened up and told us about their lives and also showed interest in our sport. It was inspiring to hear how they fight their worries. I just fight for myself – my sporting success – but they fight for so much more. It´s good to be reminded of that sometimes.”
And Erik Skoglund added: “It was great to put a smile on the children´s faces. I think we all really enjoyed it. It was good to get the mind off the fight for a little while.”
Keller (8-0-1, 2 KOs) will fight Bradley Pryce (34-13, 18 KOs) on Saturday night, while Skoglund (17-0, 9 KOs) will clash with Danish veteran Lolenga Mock (31-13-1, 12 KOs) for the EU Light Heavyweight Title. Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night are available at www.billetten.dk. They can also be purchased directly at TRE-FOR Arena by phone (76 32 60 00) and email (email@example.com). TV3 Sport 2 will broadcast live from 18:00 – 21:00, with TV3+ broadcasting live from 21:00 until midnight.
Skoglund arrives in Kolding ahead of EU Light Heavyweight Title Fight against Mock
Erik Skoglund (17-0, 9 KOs) has arrived in Kolding. Three days ahead of the biggest fight of his career, the unbeaten 22-year-old Swede worked out in front of the media and fans at Kolding Storecenter. On Saturday night, he will face Danish veteran Lolenga Mock (31-13-1, 12 KOs) for the European Union Light Heavyweight Title. “I am ready,” Skoglund said. “I have watched a lot of tapes of Mock. He has been on my mind for a very long time. I know what I have to do on Saturday.”
Skoglund´s coach Karsten Roewer expects a tough fight. “We know Mock very well,” he said. “He moved forward a lot and throws a lot of punches. Erik has to find a way to cope with the pressure Mock puts on him, but we have trained for that. Erik has done some very good sparring, he is in brilliant shape. He has developed very well and he is certainly ready for this fight. It will be difficult, but for me Erik is the favourite.”
Roewer revealed he got some special insight from current EBU Light Heavyweight and former WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Juergen Braehmer, who is also part of Rower´s training group in Berlin. “Juergen used to do sparring with Lolenga, so he could tell us some interesting stuff,” Roewer said. “Maybe Juergen will travel up and support Erik ringside.”
Nisse Sauerland: “Skoglund versus Mock, that´s youth versus experience, an up-and-coming youngster against a proven veteran. This fight will tell us where Erik is headed. We have high hopes in him, and winning the European Union Light Heavyweight Title at the age of 22 would be huge… for him, the Nordic Fight Night and Swedish boxing in general.”
Skoglund will not be the only Swede in action in Kolding. Klara Svensson, the Swedish Princess, will make her debut for Team Sauerland, while Oscar Ahlin and Anthony Yigit look to continue their winning streaks. Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night on October 19 are available at www.billetten.dk. They can also be purchased directly at TRE-FOR Arena by phone (76 32 60 00) and email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The TV10 broadcast will start at 21:00.