Patrick Nielsen (23-1, 11 KOs) can claim the WBA International Super Middleweight title when he takes on George Tahdooahnippah (34-1-2, 24 KOs) at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen. At today’s final press conference, the Danish boxer appeared in a confident mood, promising a knockout victory on Saturday night.
”I heard Tahdooahnippah wants to do a victory dance after he wins, but that’s not going to happen,” said the 23 year-old southpaw. ”I will make him do the chicken dance after I beat him. I don’t see this fight going the distance. I’m going to knock him out!
”This is my first fight at super middleweight and I feel great. Fans are going to see a new and improved Patrick in the ring. I feel stronger and fresher. I’m ready to make a statement!”
Nielsen faces a top-ten world ranked fighter in his first bout at the 168lbs limit. Tahdooahnippah has lost only won fight and boasts an impressive knockout record. Coach Joey Gamache has warned his fighter to be wary of the Comanche’s power.
“He is a dangerous opponent, said Gamache. ”He’s got twenty-four knockout victories. We know he is big-puncher so he deserves our respect. Patrick will need to be careful. We’ve got be on our game or could risk losing everything.”
Tahdooahnippah is not worried by what he has seen from the young Dane ahead of their WBA International Championship clash. The American is confident he will be leaving Copenhagen with the win.
”I’m not impressed by Nielsen,” said Tahdooahnippah. ”Whatever he brings, I’m ready to adapt. I’m not worried about him at all. If it goes twelve rounds, I’ll go twelve rounds. If I get the chance to knockout him out, I’ll take it! Whatever happens, the Comanche Boy is taking the title home!”
A sentiment shared by his coach David Vaughn. ”We just have to do what we always do,” said Vaughn. ”We don’t see any danger here. Whatever Nielsen brings, we will be ready to adapt, and we’re ready to win!”
Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: “There’s a gap in super middleweight division for a Danish fighter and Patrick can fill that gap. The WBA International belt is a prestigious title and the first step towards a world title shot. Both fighters know what is at stake and both will be coming to win. We’re in for an exciting encounter on Saturday night!”
Nielsen vs. Tahdooahnippah tops the bill at the Nordic Fight Night on Saturday night at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen. All the action will be shown live in Denmark on TV3 Sport 2 from 19.00 and TV3+ from 21.00. Tickets are available via billetlugen.dk.