“This is my big return and a huge chance for me to be on top again. It’s my first fight of the year, but that will only make my bite stronger,” said the Croatian.
Habazin strongly believes she can beat world champion Mikaela Lauren and become the new WBC Female World Super Welterweight Champion when they clash at the Hovet.
“Mikaela is a very good rival, she trains well and is always ready, but I’m still young and hungry and I will give my best to bring the belt back to Croatia.”
Habazin – a former IBF World Champion who went the distance in a unification title fight with Cecilia Braekhus in 2014 – is aiming for another chance to take the Norwegian star’s crown.
“My biggest dream is a rematch with Cecilia Braekhus and that’s what motivates me to move forward and keep going,” said Habazin.
A fight between the bitter Swedish rivals Mikaela Lauren and Klara Svensson could be another exciting female boxing match-up in the future, Habazin told.
“Judging by their popularity, it’s definitely possible they will face each other one day. Who would win is not easy to say, but from what I see, Klara has a far better technique, she’s young and she’s fierce, while Mikaela is physically stronger, but that’s not crucial. So I think Klara has the advantage if they went toe-to-toe.”
Mikaela Lauren defends her WBC Female World Super Welterweight title against former World Champion Ivana Habazin as part of a blockbuster bill in the Swedish capital on April 23. IBF Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Champion Erik Skoglund faces Ryno Liebenberg. Anthony Yigit faces the tough British boxer Chris Goodwin, Klara Svensson rematches Lucia Morelli, the ‘Golden Boy’ Oscar Ahlin faces the ‘Tiger’ Patrick Mendy and Otto Wallin takes on the big punching Brazilian Irineu Beato Costa Junior.
Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night on April 23 at the Hovet in Stockholm are available online via www.globearenas.se and www.AXS.com, by calling (+46) 0771-31 00 00 and from the Stockholm Globe Arenas Box Office.