Team Sauerland is delighted to confirm that Swedish sensation Erik Skoglund (15-0, 9 KOs) will make the biggest fight of his young career in Frederikshavn on April 13. The 21-year-old will take on fellow unbeaten youngster Luke Blackledge (13-0-1, 5 KOs) for the prestigious WBC Youth World Light Heavyweight Title. The 22-year-old British fighter came to fame last June when he knocked out Danish star Mads Larsen in the fourth round. Blackledge was originally slated to face Rudy Markussen, but a neck injury forced the “Hardhitter” to pull out of the fight. “Skoglund-Blackledge for the WBC Youth World Title is an exciting match-up,” promoter Nisse Sauerland added. “Erik has put together a nice winning streak and we believe he is ready for a big step up.”
Skoglund has won all of his 15 fights as a professional, having knocked out four of his last five opponents. “I´m ready for my first title fight,” he said. “To finally fight for a belt is like a dream coming true. I am very sorry about Rudy´s injury, I hope he can return to the ring soon. I feel like I have to step in for him and stand up for Scandinavian boxing. I want to give the Danish fans an exciting fight and make sure that Blackledge will not get another big win in Denmark. I saw his victory over Larsen. That was a good victory for him. He is a good fighter, but I am better. Things have been coming together nicely in my last fights. I think I am just too strong and powerful for Blackledge.”
Blackledge has fought at light heavyweight before. In the Nordic Fight Night´s co-featured main event, WBA, WBC & WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus will be defending her titles against American challenger Mia St. John. Torben Keller, Dennis Ceylan and Micki Nielsen will be flying the flag for Denmark, with Swedish amateur star Anthony Yigit making his professional debut. Tim-Robin Lihaug and Oscar Ahlin will add another chapter to the Norwegian-Swedish rivalry.
Tickets are available at www.arenanord.dk