Robin Krasniqi gets the opportunity to become the WBO light-heavyweight champion on 16th March at Wembley Arena, London when he faces title holder Nathan Cleverly on the ‘Rule Britannia’ show. The two were meant to face each other last year at the Royal Albert Hall, April 2012, but a viral infection forced the Welshman to cancel the bout.
Krasniqi (39-2) of Junik, Kosovo has fought twice since the cancelled bout knocking out then-undefeated Serdar Sahin and journeyman Max Heyman. Cleverly (25-0) has made one voluntary defence, a US outing against Shawn Hawk.
Robin, now 25 years old, settled in Germany at the age of 17 and though, initially, from a Karate background he took up boxing in his new home city of Munich. He turned professional in 2005 after very little amateur experience and despite losing his pro debut and third paid contests; he has steadily grown in confidence and experience.
Krasniqi, the WBO No.1 contender has waited patiently and now gets his deserved crack at the title. Fighting out of the orthodox stance, the challenger is fast handed and moves well. He seems to have decent power, particularly with the right hand and his style of fighting should mesh well against Cleverly, who isn’t afraid to get into exchanges.
I managed to get an interview with the challenger and here is what he had to say.
How has training been going and how long will you spend in training camp for your upcoming fight with Nathan Cleverly?
Everything has gone well up to now. We had two announcements for this bout back in March/April 2012, and so I started the preparations now for a third time. After my last fight in August I spent all my time with my physical coach Alfred Segerer. I was in the SES-Gym in Magdeburg (Germany) starting in November/December and we’ve done a lot of training sessions. Now we are in a camp in the mountains near Munich. Snow running and so on… hard, hard work! I’ll be back for sparring in Magdeburg by the middle of next week!
You lost two fights, at the beginning of your career, but you are now undefeated in the last Six years. What do you put the turnaround, in your career, down to?
I was a greenhorn (novice) at this time and had no amateur education. But, the final turnaround was my contract with SES (Promotions) and the work the last three years with my coach, Dirk Dzemski.
You have boxed in front of large audiences in Germany. What will it be like fighting in front of a large British crowd, for the first time?
This is part of the challenge. I know Cleverly will have the support of his fans. But, I'll impress them with my offensive style of fighting because the British boxing fans, are known as experts for attractive and powerful boxing!
Have you seen many of Nathan Cleverly¹s fights and what do you think are his strengths and do you rate him as a good fighter?
I saw some fights on YouTube and on DVD, some good but also some bad ones. So, he's a champ - the world champion - and I like fighters with an offensive and intensive style!
What would winning the WBO Light Heavyweight title mean to you?
A dream will come true; this was in my dreams since my first fight - to be a world champion!
There are a lot of very good champions, in the Light Heavyweight division, like Tavoris Cloud, Beibut Shumenov and Chad Dawson. Are these opponents that you would like to unify the titles against?
Now I'm only focused on Nathan, that's it at this moment. The future starts after the London fight!
What is your Prediction for the fight, with Nathan Cleverly?
I’ll fight for my life! So, there will be a new WBO World Champion, crowned in London! Hopefully, all will go as well as now and sporting fairness will be the first position in all minds!
Quelle: Boxrec News