It’s been an exciting year for Dejan Zavec (aka Jan Zaveck) so far, but the reigning WBF super welterweight world champion and the former IBF welterweight world champion believes the best is yet to come.
After defeating Sasha Yengoyan (now 32-2-1) in epic brave-heart bout in full packed arena in Maribor in April, Zavec has new doors opened for him.
The bout against the Armenian-Belgian ‘Beast from the East’ was special in many ways. Not only has Zavec proved his worth once again, he also managed to win with UD although he suffered a severe cut over his right eye as early as the first round. ‘I apologise for all the blood that was needed to win,’ Zavec said in his style to his fans right after the fight that is in contention for the WBF fight of the year.
Today, almost four months after the bout, he is well aware of the positive effect of this 35th professional victory: »It’s not very common to get a chance to fight for the world title for the second time at a late stage of your career. But I always believed I have a place among the best in the world. Although I may not be the youngest, I feel absolutely great. The results of my physical test prove that I am still on the rise. Having started my professional career quite late, I think I am still more than capable to compete against the younger guns. Yengoyan was a very good opponent, but I know I could offer even much more if it wasn’t for the early and very inconvenient injury. I had to fight a very tactical fight,« said Zavec, who is actively enjoying summer to gain extra energy for the next big fight which should happen sometime in late autumn.
‘I have huge respect for all the super welterweight world champions, but I am sure that I could challenge them, offer an exciting fight and come from the bout victorious. There is no question about me wanting to fight them. Let’s see what the future brings …’ stated Mr Sympaticus. Current world champion title holders are Cornelius Bundrage (IBF), Erislandy Lara (WBA), Demetrius Andrade (WBO) and also Floyd Mayweather Jr. (WBC).
‘I did never hide from the opponents, went to South Africa to claim the IBF title and went to US to defend it later, risk was never the word I would hide from … I have also never been down in my career, my only really justified defeat was on points against Keith Thurman – I wish him all the best. I believe I have the place among elite and want to add to my legacy and hope the other world champions will not hide in front of me, but will accept my challenge. My motive and goal is the next world champion title,’ said the Slovenian hero, boxing ambassador and idol for many people in his country.
Rumours about Mayweather Jr. fighting with Andre Berto, who stripped Zavec of his IBF welterweight world champion title in 2011 with a stop after head-butt cut, still bring up questions »what if« with experts and fans that followed the bout, but the WBF world champion believes that everything happens with a reason and you have to move on. While Zavec still believes he was en-route to victory in the Battle in Biloxi, he is aware that the boxing world is unpredictable and firmly believes in his own path, now in super welterweight division as WBF world champion.
‘I believe I will know my next opponent in August. I can’t wait for my next ring walk-in!’ concluded Zavec and didn’t forget to thank his loyal fans for the constant support.