Press Release: Anthony Yigit’s (19-0-1, 7 KOs) next challenger, Sandor Martin (29-1, 10 KOs), has the promotional backing of all-time great Evander Holyfield ahead of their European 140-pound championship fight on September 30th in Stockholm, Sweden. Martin, the 23 year-old from Barcelona, Spain, signed a promotional contract with the former two-division world champion.
Known for his epic clashes with Riddick Bowe, Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson, including the infamous ear-biting rematch, Holyfield is considered one of boxing’s all-time greats, and was this year inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Despite the American’s involvement, Yigit remains confident of defending his title, and says he hopes Holyfield will be ringside at the Solnahallen to watch the fight. "Evander Holyfield is a legend in boxing,’" said Yigit. "And hopefully this means he'll be coming to Stockholm for the fight. Although if he does, he will be going home disappointed. Sandor Martin is going to need Evander Holyfield in the ring with him to beat me. I’m ready to prove that I’m the Real Deal by defending my belt on September 30th.’’
Yigit became the first Swedish boxer in 30 years to win the European title when he defeated Britain's Lenny Daws in February. His first defense will be the first time in over 50 years the title has been contested on Swedish soil following Bo Hogberg’s unsuccessful attempt at Sandro Mazzinghi's 154-pound strap on October 11, 1966.
On the undercard, former amateur star Oliver Flodin makes his professional debut, while Danish boxers Mikkel Nielsen and Adam Bashanov attempt to upset rising Swedish stars Simon Henriksson and Hampus Henriksson.