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Norwegian boxer Alexander Hagen (7-1, 2 KOs) has been sparring with Erik Skoglund (22-0, 11 KOs) ahead of the IBF Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Champion’s historic homecoming fight against Oleksandr Cherviak (15-4-1, 5 KOs) on September 19 at the Rosvalla Stora Ishallen at the Nyköpings Arenor in Nyköping, Sweden.

Having witnessed the 24 year-old’s power first hand, Hagen believes Skoglund is stronger than ever and ready to defend his belt in front of his home fans in Nyköping.

‘’I’ve sparred with Erik many times before when he was based in Berlin, and I know him well, but I have never seen him as sharp and as hungry as he is now,’’ reveals Hagen.

‘’I’m amazed at how quickly he has been able to recover from the major back surgery he went through. He’s back and stronger than ever! He’s already in top shape and will be more than ready to retain his title on September 19.

Hagen will also be fighting on September 19. The 26 year-old from Flekkefjord takes on Italian Alessandro Buriola (4-2, KOs).

‘’Sparring with Erik is great preparation for me too,” said Hagen. ”I‘m learning something new everyday here in Nyköping, and I can’t wait to showcase it come September 19.

‘’Buriola is a competent boxer with good technique. Italians tend generally to be more unorthodox than classic European boxers, who can be somewhat static in their boxing, and Buriola is no exception. But I’m confident in my own ability and I look forward to claiming another victory in front of the Swedish fans!’’

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