Serge Michel clashes with Ricards Bolotniks in Golden Contract final
German Serge Michel (11-1, 8 KOs) challenges Latvian Ricards Bolotniks (17-5-1, 7 KOs) for the WBO European light-heavyweight title at Production Park Studios in Wakefield next week, live on Sky Sports in association with Matchroom Boxing, and on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank.
Both men are in confident moods head into the fight, but 32-year-old 'Bavarian Sniper' Michel has dismissed any possibility of 'The Lion' Bolotniks claiming the victory.
Michel said: "I can't see how Ricards will win the fight against me. I'm the better technician, I'm the better puncher, and I know how my job should look.
"I'm very excited for the fight and I know I will win the final and take the WBO European title from Bolotniks. I'm very happy about fighting again in the UK too.
"Both of my past performances in the UK were great. I did a very good job on those guys and you saw my power in the last fight against Conroy.
"My next performance will be just as powerful, and if I wasn't sure I could stop Bolotniks then I would not have this fight."
Russian-born Michel defeated Tommy Philbin the the quarter-finals, then stopped Liam Conroy in the semis last September to reach the tournament finale. Bolotniks had a slightly harder route with Steven Ward in the first stage, then he had Hosea Burton to get through, which he did on points in his home city of Riga.
Elsewhere on Wednesday's bill, Jazza Dickens takes on Ryan Walsh in the #GoldenContract featherweight final, Daniel Egbunike goes up against Harlem Eubank, Adam Azim makes his professional debut against Ed Harrison, James McGivern faces Jordan Ellison, Fearghus Quinn meets Scott James, and Hassan Azim enters the paid ranks against Des Newton.