Anthony Yigit (18-0-1, 7 KOs) will face British boxer Lenny Daws (30-4-2, 11 KOs) for the vacant EBU European Super Lightweight title on Saturday December 17 at the Westcroft Leisure Centre in Carshalton, London, England.
The 25 year-old southpaw can become the first Swedish fighter to claim the European crown since heavyweight Anders Eklund in 1987, but will face tough opposition from the former two-time EBU European Union and British Champion ‘Lightning’ Lenny, who will be making a third attempt at the title following controversial defeats to Ruben Nieto and Michele Di Rocco.
“I’ve wanted to fight for the European title for a long time now, and I’m happy to finally get the opportunity to do it,’’ said Yigit. ‘’I know it will be tough fight. Daws is a good fighter with a lot of experience. He’s fought for the European title before, and was winning the fight against Ruben Nieto before the disqualification, so in my eyes, he’s the guy I need to beat to prove I’m the best.
“This is what I’ve trained for and winning the title will be the result of all the hard work I’ve been putting in over the years. I can’t wait to claim my position as the top fighter in Europe and then move on to challenge for the World.”
Daws believes his experience will prove too much for Yigit, and has vowed to take the Stockholm fighter into ‘deep water’ and to stop him before the final bell.
“I’m thrilled that the date and venue is confirmed and now I can face Yigit and finally right all the wrongs that have been done against me and get that European title around my waist,” said Daws.
“I know that I’ve got to do a good and thorough job on him and not leave it in the judges’ hands to decide so I’m aiming to stop him before the end. The fight’s on my turf at the Carshalton Sports Centre and I’ll have my fans driving me on to a memorable win.
“Yigit’s a good kid, he’s tough strong and hungry but I’ve got the experience to take him out into deep, deep water. I’ll now go into more great detail studying him with my trainer, get all the right sparring in and do everything I can to make sure I come out the winner on the night.”
Yigit’s promoter Nisse Suerland says his fighter can overcome the odds and claim a historic victory against the British veteran.
‘’This is going to be tough fight for Anthony, but I believe he is ready for the challenge,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’Daws is a strong, experienced fighter but Anthony has the talent and the skillset to bring the belt back to Sweden.’’