Alexander Hagen (4-1, 1 KO) is confident he can bounce back from his shock KO defeat to Yevgeni Makhteienko when he faces Karel Horejsek (2-0, 2 KOs) on November 29 at the Falconer Hall at the Radisson Blu in Copenhagen.
Hagen was floored Makhteienko in the third round of their September contest, having previously had the Ukrainian on the canvas in the opening minutes of the first.
Reflecting on his first career loss, the Norwegian light heavyweight said: ‘’It hasn’t affected my confidence at all. If I had taken a big beating maybe it would be different. But it was just one mistake and one big shot. I still feel mentally strong because I know I’ve got so much more to offer.
‘’I don’t blame anyone other than myself. I shouldn’t have been caught with that shot. I did a lot of good things in the fight, but it was the wrong decision for me to stand there and trade. It’s not easy because I love to fight, but sometimes you have to live to fight another day.
‘’Now I just want to get back into the ring and back to winning ways. Losing that fight gave me the worst feeling ever. I’m not going to let that happen again. I’m really eager to improve and move forward with my career.’’
Hagen will get the chance to move forward on November 29, when he meets Horejsek in the Danish capital. In preparation for his clash with the undefeated Czech, the 26 year-old from Flekkefjord has been frequenting Team Sauerland’s Berlin gym, sparring Swedish talent Erik Skoglund and rising German stars Stefan Härtel and Tyron Zeuge.
‘’I’ve had some great sparring in Berlin with Erik, Stefan and Tyron,’’ said Hagen. ‘’They really bring out the best in me. All three are exceptionally talented technical boxers. If you make a mistake you’ll get punished. It’s taught me to tighten my defence and keep my combinations shorter.
‘’I love being here in Berlin at the Sauerland gym. I’ve been here many times before and I learn something new every time. They’re such nice guys, so I always enjoy my stay.’’
Hagen is part of a big night for Norwegian boxing on November 29. Pound-for-pound queen Cecilia Brækhus (26-0, 7 KOs) defends her WBC, WBA, WBO & IBF Female World Welterweight titles against mandatory challenger Jennifer Retzke (15-1-1, 9 KOs), Tim-Robin Lihaug (8-1, 5 KOs) faces George Beroshvili (14-3-2, 7 KOs) for the WBO Youth World Super Middleweight title and Kai-Robin Havnaa makes his professional debut. Tickets are available via billetnet.dk.
The event will be available via Pay Per View on Viaplay, the Viasat satellite TV platform and on the Altibox TV platform. The price will be 299 NOK.