Historic Title Fight Confirmed For Havnaa
Kai Robin Havnaa (13-0, 11 KOs) has the chance to write his
name into the history books with the IBO International
Cruiserweight title now confirmed for his clash with Rad
'Thunder' Rashid (16-4, 13 KOs) on March 2 in Arendal.
Havnaa’s historic title fight will be the first time in over
40 years that a male boxer has fought for an international
title on Norwegian soil following Harald Skog’s unsuccessful
attempt at Victor Galindez’s WBA World Light Heavyweight
title at the Ekeberg Hall in Oslo on March 28, 1976.
The IBO belt will give added significance to an already huge
night for the Norwegian star as he looks establish himself
on the World stage and move a step closer to achieving his
ultimate aim of becoming World Champion.
“This is a massive opportunity for me,” said Havnaa. “I
would like to thank my promoter Nisse Sauerland for making
this possible. I’ve never been so excited about a fight in
my life. This makes everything bigger. To have the national
anthems and everything else that comes with a title fight,
“This is going to be a huge milestone in my career. When I
started boxing, it was a dream, and now, after many years of
hard work, I’m finally here, ready to fight for a title with
one of the big boxing organisations, and to do it in front
of my home crowd, makes it even more special!
“My motivation for this fight has always been high because I
have such a tough opponent, but now there’s a title on the
line, it makes it even more important. I need to make sure
I’ve trained right and I’m in my best possible shape.
“It would mean everything for me to win and to raise the
belt over my head in front of my supporters. I really mean
it went I say that everyone who’s there supporting me will
have a piece of this belt because without them none of this
would be possible. Without them, we wouldn’t be having a big
Team Sauerland show in Arendal and I wouldn’t have this
chance to fight for my first title.”
Promoter Nisse Sauerland says he is delighted to be bringing
this historic fight to Arendal, and believes it could be
‘the start of something special’ for Havnaa.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Kai,” said Sauerland.
“To get the chance to fight for his first major title in
front of his home fans is something special. It is sure to
bring more excitement to the SØR Amfi. I hope everyone in
Arendal gets behind their hometown hero and cheers him to
victory on March 2.
“Winning this belt will open a lot of doors for Kai. He
can't take it for granted as Rashid is a dangerous opponent
with his own title aspirations, but if he wins, this could
be the start of something special for Kai, and for Norwegian
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, Hadi Srour is
back in the professional ring to meet Zoltan Szabo, and
Kristiansand’s Jamshid Nazari takes on Ivica Gogosevic.