Erik Skoglund faces Lolenga Mock this Saturday
Erik Skoglund (17-0, 9 KOs) is a man on a mission. At the age of 12, he wrote down a master-plan to become world champion one day. Ten years later, he is still undefeated on his way to glory. On Saturday night, the 22-year-old Swedish sensation faces Danish veteran Lolenga Mock (31-13-1, 12 KOs) for the European Union Light Heavyweight Title at the TRE-FOR Arena in Kolding, Denmark. In this interview, he speaks about his incredible journey, the showdown with the man who once knocked down former WBA Heavyweight Champion David Haye and his ever-growing Swedish fan army that will be supporting him in Denmark.
Q: Erik, apparently there will be a Swedish fan invasion in Kolding on Saturday…
ES: “Yes, there will be almost 100 supporters coming down from Sweden. That really means a lot to me. It´s the biggest fight of my career by far, and it´s great to have so much support. It´s not an easy trip for them, it takes quite a while to come to Kolding, so I really appreciate it. They will create a fantastic atmosphere. And with their help I will put on a great fight.”
Q: How has the preparation been going?
ES: “Everything went really well. I have prepared hard for a long time. I knew since the middle of the summer that this fight would be coming. I had Mock on my mind every time I went to practice. I am in the shape of my life. The sparring was very good, too, we had the last session on Thursday. I am ready.”
Q: Did you spar with fellow Nordic Fight Night colleague Oscar Ahlin?
ES: “Yes, we did some sparring, but not a lot. Enrico Koelling, one of the up-and-coming German fighters, suited me better style-wise. So I did most of my sparring with him. But it was great to have Oscar over here in Berlin. It´s exciting to have so many Swedes on the team. Oscar, Anthony Yigit, Otto Wallin and now Klara Svensson – we have a very talented team. There are great times ahead for Swedish boxing.”
Q: What are you doing in your spare time?
ES: “I just try to relax, watch some movies or play some video games. I spend a lot of time watching boxing, like other fights or my opponents. I also watch my old fights to analyze my mistakes. I tape every sparring session and analyze them as well. So I have a lot of boxing to watch in my spare time. It really helps me to get better.”
Q: You are a true professional, inside and outside the ring. Have you always been that focused?
ES: “Yes. It´s all part of our big plan. I started boxing when I was 11 and when I was 12 years old I knew I wanted to be a world champion. I have always been very focused. So I sat down with my father and we wrote down a plan to become the best boxer in the world. It has been a long and difficult, yet very exciting path, and here I am, ten years later, fighting for the European Union Title. That is a big step for me. It will put me up the rankings and closer to achieving my ultimate goal. I am really excited about it.”
Q: As with every journey, there must have been some obstacles?
ES: “There have been a few obstacles, inside and outside the ring. Inside the ring, I once had to fight with a broken jaw (in May 2011). It was a tough experience but I hung in there and got the win. Outside the ring, there are some challenges, too. I always have to put my training in the first place, I always have to be focused, so there is not much time to enjoy life like other 20-year-olds might do. But when the referee raises my arm after a win, I know it´s well worth it.”
Q: What do you think about Mock?
ES: “Mock is a tough man, he certainly has a lot of routine. He made his pro debut two weeks before I was born. He knows what he is doing but I believe I have the skills to beat him. I don´t think he is as fast as he used to be. He is still a good fighter, though, with a lot of power. He knocked down David Haye with a big shot. I have to be on alert from the first bell to make sure he doesn´t catch me. I am not afraid of his power, but I don´t like to get hit. I don´t think he has the precision to get through my defense, though.”
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.
The United States’ Malik Jackson Wins Second Round Stoppage in World Championships Opener
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – American flyweight Malik Jackson (Washington, D.C.) opened the 2013 Elite Men’s World Championships in style for the United States squad on Monday in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The 19-year-old competed in the first bout of the entire tournament on Monday afternoon at the Boluan Sholak Cultural & Sports Palace.
Jackson opened tournament action in a bout with Angola’s Vilvaldo Rodrigues in Monday’s preliminary round competition. He showcased his intentions early in his World Championships debut, taking a TKO win over Rodrigues at the 1:07 mark of the second round. Jackson will face a stiff test in his second round bout in Almaty, taking on reigning World Champion and the top ranked flyweight in the world, Andrew Selby of Wales on Friday.
Lightweight Kenneth Sims, Jr. (Chicago, Ill.) and light welterweight Jose Alday (Odessa, Texas) will both compete in Tuesday’s World Championships action in Almaty. Alday will take the ring first in the sixth bout of the afternoon session for a contest with Guinea’s Mamadov Keita at approximately 1:30 a.m. ET (3:30 p.m. local time). Sims will challenge Sri Lanka’s Sisira Gedara in the fourth bout of the evening session with his contest beginning at approximately 6 a.m. ET (8 p.m. local time).
Over 450 boxers from 100 nations are competing in the 2013 Elite Men’s World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan with preliminary round action running through October 22. Quarterfinal competition will take place on October 23 followed by a rest day for all competitors on October 24. Semifinal round action will be contested on October 25 and the event will conclude with championship round bouts in all 10 weight divisions on October 26.
The Elite Men’s World Championships take place every two years and the 2013 edition is the first since the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Live scoring for the event can be found on the AIBA website at www.aiba.org.
Ed Rivas (San Antonio, Texas), Kenneth Sims, Sr. (Chicago, Ill.), Kevin Benford (Cincinnati, Ohio), Edward “Mike” Murphy (Port Jeff Station, N.Y.), Jose Alday, Sr. (Odessa, Texas), and Todd Harlib (Cape Coral, Fla.) are serving as the staff for the event with Dr. Tony Al-Amin (Philadelphia, Pa.) working as the Team Physician.
114 lbs: Malik Jackson, Washington, D.C./USA won a second round TKO over Vilvaldo Rodrigues, ANG, TKO-2 (1:07)
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