Arslan-Herelius presser

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Arslan-Herelius presser

On Saturday in Stuttgart, Germany, the motto will be “First the World Cup, than the Boxing World Cup.” Saturday’s Universum Champions Night” event at the Porsche Arena will be a world title twinbill. Former world champion and local favorite Firat Arslan (29-4-1, 18 KOs) takes on Steve Herelius (19-1-1, 11 KOs) for the WBA Interim Cruiserweight world championship.

Arslan, who is returning from a career-threatening bicycling injury in January 2009, stated “I have great respect for my opponent. He’s unbeaten as a cruiserweight. But I’m at an age where I don’t want any more build-up fights and want to fight for it all. I want to show what’s still in me. I feel great. I spent five weeks in the Austrian Alps in training camp and I feel great. I went 80 rounds against two sparring partners. Everything went perfectly. I’m ready and I want to be world champion again.”

French strongman Herelius will be fighting for the first time on German soil. “I know all about Germany,” he stated. “I have served as a sparring partner for Wladimir Klitschko, Nikolai Valuev and Alexander Povetkin. From this I have drawn a lot of experience. I look forward to the fight. I’ve been in Stuttgart since since Sunday and have seen some of this beautiful city, but I’m not a tourist. I’ll take the belt back home. Firat is a very tough guy. He never gives up. I know that. But I also have a strong will. People, this will be a beautiful and exciting fight. Be ready for anything!”


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