Mikaela Lauren (26-3,11 KOs) has visited her local boxing club Haninge BK ahead of her WBC Female World Super Welterweight title defence against Ivana Habazin (15-2, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hovet in Stockholm.
The World Champion took time out of her busy training schedule to meet the junior boxers in an attempt to inspire the next generation of Swedish boxers.
‘’It’s great to be able to give something back,’’ said Lauren. ‘’I feel privileged to be in the position I’m in today, and hopefully, I‘m able to inspire the next generation of Swedish fighters. Who knows, I could have met a future World Champion today?’’
Lauren faces a tough test on Saturday against Habazin, who is herself a former World Champion. ‘’Habazin is a strong opponent,” she says. ”But I’ve had the best training camp of my career and I feel stronger than ever.’’
The Stockholm boxer says she is looking forward to fighting in her home arena: ‘’It’s a dream come true to fight at the Hovet. The arena is five minutes away from where I live. All my friends and family will be there cheering me to victory.’’
Lauren defends her WBC Female World Super Welterweight title against Habazin as part of a blockbuster bill in the Swedish capital on April 23. Erik Skoglund faces Ryno Liebenberg, 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.