Nikola Sjekloca challenges for a world title this weekend for the second time following his points loss to current WBC super-middleweight champion Sakio Bika over a year ago in Atlantic City.
This time around, the 35 year-old meets WBO title holder Arthur Abraham head on at the Velodrom in Berlin, Germany on the back of a solitary second round knockout win over journeyman Misa Nikolic last summer.
It may not be the ideal preparation to face one of the most experienced champions in the division in Abraham, 34, but Sjekloca believes that the German may be underestimating him ahead of their clash on Saturday night.
“It is great honour to fight a champion like Abraham and I am looking forward to fighting him, but personally, I think that he made a mistake when he decided to fight in the super-middleweight division,” Sjekloca told World Boxing News.
“I respect him, but only as a world-class middleweight champion and I am ready to show my qualities as a full super-middleweight.”
Sjekloca, who fights out of Montenegro having been born in Serbia, aims to take full advantage of the opportunity Abraham’s team have presented him with and would then like to rekindle his rivalry with Bika in a possible two-belt bout in the future.
“After my fight against Bika I was very sad as I could fight much better,” pointed out Sjekloca. “Bika suprised me as he fought different than he had before, but going the in the USA made me understand that I can fight the best super-middleweights in the world and compete with them.
“I would love to have rematch against Bika as I am sure that next time I can beat him. It is something I dream about and If I beat Abraham, my manager Luka Popovic and I have agreed to contact Golden Boy to offer a unification.”
First up though the focus is solely on dethroning ‘King Arthur’ of his WBO version as Sjekloca is ready to give the fight of his life to finally realise his dream of becoming a recognised belt holder on the world stage.
“I have to work during the fight to show my qualities. Abraham is defending champion and fighting in his own town of Berlin,” he said. “But I do know that Abraham is not faster than me and that his punches can be seen.
“I think that my jab and my legs will bring victory to me. Abraham hits hard, but Bika hits harder… and Bika couldnt hurt me. Abraham fights like he always has. His guard is like a rock. He has good defence and only thing that missing is his speed.
“Saying that, I believe Abraham is still a great champion and I will have to give everything that I have to win.
This is fight of my life. Even our newspapers called it the “Battle for Berlin” and even though I can’t tell you that I will win 100%, I can say that I will give everything to bring the WBO belt back to my home.”
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