Reigning World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Super Welterweight Champion Sasha Yengoyan has arrived in Maribor, Slovenia where he will defend his title at the Tabor Arena against former Welterweight World Champion (IBF) Jan Zavec on Saturday night, April 11.
Yengoyan, 31-1-1 (21), born in Armenia but now residing and fighting out of Belgium, will be making his first defense of the title he won last October when he impressively dominated and stopped then champion Anderson Clayton from Brazil.
Zavec, 34-3 (19), a big hero in his native Slovenia, will be challenging for his first world championship since losing the IBF Welterweight crown on an eye-injury to American Andre Berto in 2011, and is coming off two victories since a decision defeat to current WBA World Welterweight Champion Keith Thurman in 2013.
The defending champion has no problem fighting in Zavec´s home-country, and sees it as another opportunity for him to further establish his name on the world scene:
“I know Zavec is a very good boxer, a very respected name in the sport, and its an honor for me to fight him. It will be a hard and good fight, but of course I expect to win, and doing it in Maribor will be very nice. Maribor is a beautiful city.”
Yengoyan, who´s boxing idol is legendary former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, is hoping that beating a big name such as Zavec will open new doors for him, saying:
“I am always aiming at going to the next level, and when I beat Zavec I hope that it can lead to even bigger fights in the USA. He will not have to run after me, I plan to be there, right in front of him, from the first second to the last second, so it should be an exiting fight, and a great victory for me.”
Promoted by Tomaz Barada, the Sasha Yengoyan vs. Jan Zavec WBF World Super Welterweight title fight will be televised live by TVSLO Sport, and a sell-out crowd of around 4500 spectators is expected at the Tabor Arena in Maribor.