Thomas Hansvoll believes Kai Robin Havnaa (13-0, 11 KOs) is ready to step into the elite division by claiming his first professional title when he faces Rad Rashid (16-4, 13 KOs) for the IBO International belt on Saturday in Arendal.
“It’s an exciting fight,” says Hansvoll, the former World title challenger, who will be ringside commentating on all the action for Norwegian broadcaster Viasat 4.
“It’s a big step up for Kai Robin with his first title fight, and I’m really looking forward to it. This is Kai’s dream, to follow his father (former WBO World Champion Magne Havnaa), and finally step into the elite division.
“It’s not going to be easy because Rad Rashid means business. Kai will have to be well prepared and he will need to be careful, especially in the opening rounds, because Rashid will be starting with the big punches early.
“But I believe Kai is ready. He is being pushed a little bit now, and that’s good. If you speak to Kai he likes to take things slowly, but sometimes you just have to go for it. This is a good step up for him, and I think he’s more than ready.”
Havnaa will be without coach Joey Gamache for the first time in his career after he was injured in an unprovoked attack. Despite his absence, Hansvoll is sure Havnaa, and stand-in coach Erling, have the experience to get the job done.
“When I first heard, I was concerned,” he says. “But Kai has good experience now and will have his uncle Erling in the corner. They have been given the tools and have been following Joey’s plan, so I don’t think it will affect him. I hope Joey is back soon, but with Erling, I don’t think it’s going to be a problem.”
Kai Robin Havnaa tops the bill at the SØR Amfi in Arendal with a historic IBO International Cruiserweight title fight against Rad ‘Thunder’ Rashid.
Katharina Thanderz provides chief support with a super featherweight contest against Rachel Ball, Deniz Ilbay faces Jonathan Jose Eniz for the IBO Intercontinental title, Hadi Srour is back in the professional ring to meet Zoltan Szabo, and Kristiansand’s Jamshid Nazari takes on Ivica Gogosevic.
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