Micki Nielsen (24-1, 15 KOs) faces Ricards Bolotniks (10-3-1, 4 KOs) in an eight-round contest on the undercard of The Ali Trophy semi-final showdown between Aleksandr Usyk and Mairis Briedis at the Riga Arena in Latvia on January 27.
The Danish cruiserweight returns to the ring following a seventh-round knockout win over Taras Oleksiyenko in Schwerin, and will be looking for his third consecutive victory against the 27 year-old Bolotniks from Riga.
Prior to this fight, Nielsen has spent two weeks in Spain sparring with WBC World Champion Briedis in preparation for the Latvian’s crunch clash with WBO World ruler Usyk.
“I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring,” says the 24 year-old Nielsen. “I’m in great shape and I can only see myself as winner of this fight.
“I have sparred for 14 days with Mairis Briedis in Spain, and you can feel that he’s in top shape and ready for 12 hard rounds against Aleksandr Usyk. He is a skilled boxer, and also very fast, so it has been tough sparring but also a great learning experience.
“Aleksandr Usyk might be the favourite in the fight, but if there is anyone who has a chance to beat him, it’s Mairis Briedis.”
Tickets for the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight semi-final clash between Aleksandr Usyk and Mairis Briedis are available online via www.bilesuserviss.lv.