Micki Nielsen (16-0, 12 KOs) and Julio Cesar Dos Santos (27-3, 24 KOs) have arrived in Frederikshavn ahead of their WBC International Cruiserweight Championship clash at the Arena Nord on February 7.
On Saturday night, Nielsen has the opportunity to claim his first major title, and in doing so the young Dane aims to silence his critics and prove he is ready for another step up in class.
‘’I know that there are many people who doubt my boxing ability,’’ said Nielsen. ‘’They believe that my strength lies only in my punching power. That doesn’t bother me, as I know it’s not true. I know what I’m capable of and I will prove them wrong.
‘’All I can do is win my fights. That is what I have been doing since I turned pro, and that is what I will do on Saturday night. Dos Santos is the next step forward for me. I need to beat him to show I’m ready for the real big fights!’’
Nielsen faces a tough task. He must get past the 37 year-old Brazilian, Dos Santos. A man sixteen years his senior, who has won twenty-seven of thirty professional contest, including twenty-four knockout victories.
‘’I have a lot of respect for Micki,’’ said Dos Santos. ‘’I’ve watched some of fights and I believe he is one of the toughest opponents I have faced. But this is a fight I must win. I’m not getting any younger and I need to win this fight to move forward with my career.
‘’I’m thankful for the opportunity. I really like it here in Denmark. It might be cold, but it’s beautiful. However, I look forward to returning to Brazil to dance at the carnival after I win the WBC International title.’’
Nielsen’s WBC International title challenge tops the bill at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, which also features the WBC Baltic Welterweight title fight between Anthony Yigit (11-0-1, 4 KOs) and Kim Poulsen (26-1, 7 KOs), Dennis Ceylan’s (12-0-1, 6 KOs) rematch with Cristian Montilla (6-3-1, 3 KOs), rising Danish stars Abdul Khattab (9-0, 3 KOs) and Rashid Kassem (6-0, 3 KOs), Norwegian talents Tim-Robin Lihaug (9-1, 5 KOs), Simen Smaadal (8-1, 3 KOs), Alexander Hagen (5-1, 1 KO) and Kai Robin Havnaa (1-0), and Ghanaian lightweight Richard Commey (19-0, 17 KOs).