Anthony Yigit (19-0-1, 7 KO’s) menar att pressen att fightas på hemmaplan inte kommer stå i vägen för honom och sitt försvar av ”European Super Lightweight” titeln den 30:e september när Yigit tar sig an Sandor Martin i Solnahallen.
Stockholmsboxaren var den första svensken att vinna EU titeln på över 30 år när han besegrade den forne mästaren Lenny Daws i februari. Nu på lördag kommer titeln försvaras för första gången på svensk mark sedan 1966.
”I’m not worried about the pressure,’’ säger Yigit. ”I’ve never felt any pressure from fighting at home or there being a lot at stake. I feel excited! These are the types of fights I want to be involved in. I want to be in big fights and I want to be fighting for big titles. It only makes me hungrier and more determined to succeed.
”I can’t wait to go up and fight in front of the Swedish fans. I had to go to London to win the belt but now I’m back home to make my first defence. There are a lot of people who didn’t get to see me win the title, and this is my gift to them.
”I’m excited to have the crowd behind me. I was the first Swedish fighter to win a fight at the Olympics for 16 years. I was the first in 30 years to win the European title and now I’m bringing the title back home for the first fight in over 50 years. That’s special. I want to keep making history and setting new records. Swedish boxing is the best it’s ever been right now, and I want to help take it to the next level!
”I know Sandor Martin is a tough guy. He is a good technical fighter and he has the heart of a champion. I’m sure that one day he will become a great champion, but not this time, and not against me. This is my moment and nothing will stop me!”