Micki Nieslen (17-0, 12 KOs) will now face Junior Wright (13-0-1, 11 KOs) on May 2 at the Frederiksberg-Hallerne in Copenhagen. Wright replaces Felix Cora Jr. (25-6-2, 14 KOs) who withdrew from a scheduled bout with the Danish cruiserweight.
The American challenger represents a tough test for Nielsen. Promoted by former professional boxer Dmitriy Salita, the Illinois-native is undefeated in fourteen professional contests and boasts an impressive 78.5% knockout ratio. He’s a tougher opponent than Nielsen was originally slated for in Cora.
Despite his opponent’s pedigree, the 22 year-old champion remains confident of victory.
‘’It doesn’t matter who is put in front of me,’’ said the defiant Dane. ‘’No one is taking this title away from me. I’m ready and willing to fight anyone. Line them up and I will knock them out!
‘’Like me Wright is undefeated but unlike me he will taste defeat on May 2. He’s a good boxer and I’m sure he will come to fight, but there’s only going to be one outcome – my hand will be raised and the belt will remain round my waist.’’
Promoter Nisse Sauerland is anticipating an explosive encounter when the undefeated cruiserweights clash in Copenhagen. ‘’There are going to be fireworks in Frederiksberg,’’ declares the Team Sauerland promoter.
‘’Micki and Junior are two young, hungry fighters, both undefeated, both big punchers and both gunning for a world title shot. This fight has all the ingredients of a real barnstormer. It is definitely not one to be missed.’’
Nielsen’s title defence is one of two WBC championship fights taking place on May 2 at the Frederiksberg-Hallerne, as the ‘Swedish Princess’ Klara Svensson (15-0, 5 KOs) challenges Erica Anabella Farias (21-1, 10 KOs) for the WBC Female World Light Welterweight crown.