Press Release: Italian heavyweight champion Gianluca Mandras (12-4, 5 KOs) will travel to the Sporthallen in Sundsvall, Sweden to face hometown hero Otto Wallin (17-0, 11 KOs) on April 22nd. Mandras will be fighting outside Italy for the first time in his career, but despite being away from home, the 31 year-old is confident of inflicting Wallinís first career defeat. "It makes no difference where this fight takes place," he said. "íThe ring is the same in Sweden as it is in Italy, and when the bell rings, it doesnít matter if we are in Sweden, Italy or on the moon. It will be just me and Otto, and I will be the winner. He should enjoy the Ď0í on his record now because soon it will be gone."
Mandras continued, "I promise it will not be a happy night for the Swedish fans. They can boo and whistle all they want but that will only hype me up. I am not underestimating Wallin, I know he is good, but I am better, and Iím very confident of beating him.
"My training camp has gone really well. Iíve left no stone unturned and will be coming to Sweden in great shape. Iíve been sparring with the Italian Cruiserweight Champion Fabio Turchi, who is a skilled southpaw, and has helped me prepare for Wallinís style. Iíve got a very good feeling about this fight."
The fight between Otto Wallin and Gianluca Mandras tops an action-packed show on April 22nd in Sundsvall, which also features Swedish boxerrs Mikaela Laurťn, Oscar Ahlin, Hampus Henriksson, Kennedy Katende, Rocco Wadell and Patricia Berghult, plus Icelandic heavyweight Gunnar Kolbeinn Kristinsson.
Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night are available online via www.biljettforum.se or by calling the ticket hotline on 0771-130 150. All the action will be shown live and exclusive across Scandinavia on Viaplay Fighting.