Undefeated Swedish light heavyweight Erik Skoglund (24-0, 11 KOs) has signed a four-year contract extension with Europe’s leading boxing promoter Team Sauerland.
Skoglund has committed his future to the powerhouse promoter following a stellar end to 2015, which saw the 24 year-old return from injury to defend his IBF Intercontinental title against Oleksandr Cherviak in a historic homecoming fight and score a unanimous points victory over Derek Edwards.
‘’I’m delighted to have extended my contract with Team Sauerland,’’ said Skoglund, who is currently ranked No. 3 with the IBF and No. 2 with the EBU. ‘’I’ve been with the Sauerlands since I started my professional career six years ago and I look forward to continuing our successful partnership. The new deal is for the next four years, but I hope to stay with them for the rest of my career.’’
‘’Erik is one of the stand out stars of European boxing,’’ said promoter Nisse Sauerland. ‘’We’ve had the pleasure of working with him for the past six years, during which time we have seen him develop from an eighteen year-old amateur into a bona fide World title contender. We are pleased he has chosen to sign with us for another four years, and look forward to helping him achieve his ultimate ambition of becoming World Champion.’’
With a new deal in place, Skoglund is now eager to continue his upward trajectory in 2016 as he chases both European and World honours.
‘’I had a really tough start to 2015,’’ reflects the fighter from Nyköping. ‘’I was out of the ring for over six months with a back injury and it was unclear when I would be able to return, so to come back and be a part of the first championship fight in Sweden for over forty years was amazing.
‘’I think my performances against Cherviak and Edwards were among my best, and I’m excited to get back in action in the New Year. I know 2016 is going to be a big year for me. I’m highly ranked with both World and European governing bodies, and I’ll be ready for whatever challenges come my way.’’