Tim-Robin Lihaug (13-1, 8 KOs) believes he has had the perfect preparation ahead of his fight on September 12 at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark. The Norwegian super middleweight faces Baptiste Castegnaro (6-4, 3 KOs), a battled hardened brawler from Marseille, France.
‘’Castegnaro is a very tough opponent,’’ said the Bergen-boxer. ‘’I’ve watched some of his fights and he can take a lot of shots and keep coming forward. He’s a real brawler, but I’m the better boxer, and as long as I stay focused and fight my fight it should be another good night for me.
‘’I always feel that if I hit someone cleanly they are going to go down. Against Castegnaro, I won’t go looking for the knockout, but at some point I’m going to catch him, and then we will see how strong his chin really is.
Lihaug returns following a devastating KO win over domestic rival Arne Ernstsen, and although the 22 year-old admits his confidence is high, the WBO Youth World Champion is cutting no corners in his preparations for the 24 year-old Frenchman Castegnaro.
‘’I’m coming of a great win against Arne, so of course my confidence is high, but confidence doesn’t win fights, hard work does. I know it’s important to be confident and have a winning mentality, but you’ve got to be able to back it up, and that comes down to the work you’ve done in the gym.
‘’I believe I’ve had the perfect preparations for this fight. The summer break really helped me. It gave me a chance to relax after a busy start to the year and I’ve come back more motivated than ever.
‘’I’ve had some great sparring. I’ve been working with Andreas Evangelou, an undefeated light heavyweight from England. He’s a strong, physical fighter, not too dissimilar to Castegnaro, so that’s been a really good experience and has really helped me to prepare for this fight. ‘’
Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: ‘’Tim has had a great start to the year and following the summer break he is back in action against another tough opponent. Tim possesses a lot of power but Castegnaro has never been stopped, and it could be a case of boxer versus brawler. Tim will need to use his superior boxing skills and be prepared to go the distance.’’
Lihaug’s fight will be broadcast live on Viasat Sport and Viaplay in Norway.
Tickets for the ‘Collision Course’ Nordic Fight Night event in Frederikshavn are available via arenanord.dk.