Tony Owen eyes Anthony Yigit scalp in Copenhagen

Scott Hammerton 19/06/2015

Tony Owen heads to Denmark this weekend part of the Sauerland promoted ‘Nordic Fight Night’ big card headlined by Danish super middleweight Patrick Nielsen.

Owen (16-3, 3KOs) faces unbeaten Swede Anthony Yigit over eight round at the multi-purpose 7500 capacity Ballerup Super Arena.

After 16 months out of the ring, the 28 year old returned with a triumphant fourth round knockout last time out against Gyula Vajda at the Camden Centre in April and is keen to follow up with an impressive display in front of a large crowd and across to the international TV audience.

“This is a massive opportunity to get back in the mix on both a domestic and now international level,” said Owen. Anthony is a talent, but I feel I’ve got the tools to cause him problems.”

Speaking at the newly opened Limehouse Marina Elite gym, fresh from signing a new three-year contract with Mickey Helliet, Owen is taking each fight as it comes despite the lure of some intriguing domestic fights that may lie ahead.

“I’m 100% focused on Saturday night, Yigit is unbeaten for a reason. He has my sole focus and we can look at those domestic dust ups in due course. Having just penned a new long term deal with Mickey there’s a lot to be excited about further down the line.”

The prospect of boxing overseas for the first time in a 19 fight professional career does not faze manager Mickey Helliet.

“Tony is bang up for this fight, it’s a great experience for him to box on such a high profiled, internationally broadcast show in front of a passionate crowd away from home. He’s on weight, fully focused and raring to go come Saturday night.”

Yigit, a fellow southpaw boasts Olympic pedigree having represented Sweden at the London games in 2012.

”I think our styles will make for a great fight,” said the 23 year-old. ”Tony is a tall southpaw, and like all British boxers, he will be coming to fight. He’s not going to back down, he won’t be scared to stand and trade, and that’s great because neither am I. I think this could be a real slugfest and a fight fans will be talking about for a long time. I have a lot of respect for Tony, it will be a tough fight.”

Saturday’s star-studded Scandinavian line up for the Nordic Fight Night features Danish super middleweight Patrick Nielsen (25-1, 12 KOs) defending his WBA International title against Charles Adamu (23-6, 17 KOs), while rising featherweight talent Dennis Ceylan (14-0-1, 7 KOs) takes on Sergio Prado (10-4-1, 4 KOs).

All the action will be shown live on TV3 Sport in Denmark and TV10 in Sweden.