Tim-Robin Lihaug (8-1, 5 KOs) is on the road to success, a lonely road, paved with hard work and sacrifice. Now he is ready to reap the rewards and become a youth world champion on November 29.
“I’m relaxed going into the fight because I know I’ve done everything right,” said Lihaug who faces George Beroshvili (14-3-2, 7 KOs) for the WBO Youth World Super Middleweight title at the Falconer Hall at the Radisson Blu in Copenhagen.
For months Lihaug has lived and trained in Spain under the guidance of renowned Norwegian coach Ulf Johansen.
“All I do is eat, sleep and train. I’m 100% focused on boxing. That is my life in Spain from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed. I’ve had the best preparation possible before a fight.
“Ulf’s training can be gruesome. He is a perfectionist. If I even tried to eat a chocolate he would find out. We train 4-6 hours everyday day. I’ve been working a lot on technique. Going over the same things again and again until we got them just right.
“Of course it’s been hard, I’m away from all my family and friends. It can be a lonely life. But it’s a sacrifice I need to make in order to achieve my goals and become the best.”
In September, Lihaug claimed an eight-round points victory over fellow Norwegian Simen Smaadal. Now for the first time, he is scheduled to fight ten-rounds for his WBO Youth World title challenge.
“Going ten rounds for the first time is not going to be a problem for me. I easily went 8 rounds with Smaadaal and I’m in even better shape now than I was for that fight.
“I know anything can happen in boxing but we’ve done everything we possibly can to ensure I get the victory. Beroshvili is a good opponent and he has fought a lot of tough guys. But on Saturday my fans will see the best version of me in the ring. I’m 100% confident I will win.
‘’I want to be challenging for a world title in the next couple of years. That journey starts with winning the youth title against Beroshvili.’’
Cecilia Brækhus (26-0, 7 KOs) tops the bill at the Falconer Hall on Saturday night. The pound-for-pound queen defends her WBC, WBA, WBO & IBF Female World Welterweight titles against mandatory challenger Jennifer Retzke (15-1-1, 9 KOs). Alexnader Hagen and Kai Robin Havnaa are also in action. Tickets are available viabilletnet.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.