Robert Woge: “I have arrived!
Robert Woge (8-0, 7 KOs) will face his next challenge on his way to the top on May 5 at the Messehalle in Erfurt.
Further to the three boxing highlights of Marco Huck’s (34-2, 25 KOs) WBO cruiserweight title defense, Robert Stieglitz’s (41-2, 23 KOs) mandatory defense of his super-middleweight belt and the bout for the vacant European heavyweight title between Kubrat Pulev (15-0, 7 KOs) and Alexander Dimitrenko (32-1, 21 KOs), Robert Woge will take on his ninth opponent. This time he will face off with Ferenc Hafner from Hungray. Hafner is currently unbeaten in his twelve fights as a professional, ending nine of the bouts early.
The fight in Erfurt is a special occasion for the Bernburg-born Woge. “A lot of my friends will be there to support me. This is like a fight on home soil. I want to shine on the night.” He definitely did so during his last bout. The last man who fell victim to Woge was Carl Dilks on March 31 in Kiel. Dilks got knocked down twice before the referee had to end the fight prematurely.
“I am where I want to be,” said the German afterwards. “I was really nervous during my first outing at a Sauerland show back in October 2010. But that is definitely a thing of the past. I have arrived and it is going really well now.”
And so it should be. In Hafner, Woge is facing a previously undefeated professional. “I am taking him quite lightly. It was the same thing before the last match-up. I am always sparring against top quality opponents, therefore I can take on the next challenge in a relaxed manner,” says the resident of Halle an der Saale in a calm manner.
He then continues: “Of course it is tough to break the will of an opponent who is undefeated. But I am ready for the challenge. I only took four or five days off after my last fight. After that I immediately continued with the preparations for this fight. I am in great shape.”
The fact that his Hungarian opponent is a southpaw does not bother the prodigy of coach Ulli Wegner in the slightest. “Actually I always did really well against southpaws during my amateur days,” says the light-heavyweight. “I haven’t fought against one on a professional level but the Italian Roberto Cocco, who I faced last February, changed his style during the fight. That did not matter to me at all. In contrary: I still won against him early in round seven.”