11:19am Thursday 1st March 2012
By Ziad Chaudry
Ola Afolabi wants to regain his WBO world cruiserweight title in Germany this Saturday.
The 31-year-old former Battersea Amateur Boxing Club representative, who now lives in America, meets Russia’s Valery Brudov at the Espirit Arena in Dusseldorf for the interim belt he briefly held in March 2009.
He goes into the fight, on the undercard of Wladimir Klitschko’s WBA Super/IBF/ WBO/IBO world heavyweight title defence against Jean-Marc Mormeck, on a four-win streak but expects a tough encounter against 35-year-old Brudov, who once held the interim WBA version of world cruiserweight title “He’s a dangerous and experienced fighter so I will give him the respect he derserves,” said Afolabi.
“I’m not going to go for the knockout.
“If it comes then I’ll try to make it a spectacular one, if not I’ll be quite happy to just out work him.
“I am confident of victory as I’ve trained hard so I’m ready to get this done.”
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