Boesel and Fornling Set to Battle for Interim WBA and IBO LHW Titles

Boesel and Fornling Set to Battle for Interim WBA and IBO LHW Titles

Dominic Boesel will fight Sven Fornling in a 12-round boxing match for multiple titles this weekend in Germany.

Updated: Nov. 14, 2019 • 5:45 PM ET

Halle, Germany will host this weekend's interim WBA and IBO light heavyweight title fight.

The interim WBA light heavyweight title will be on the line this Saturday, as German championship hopeful Dominic Boesel will face Swedish contender Sven Fornling at Halle Messe Arena in Halle, Germany. Fornling’s IBO light heavyweight title will also be on the line.

Boesel (29-1, 11 KOs) has won five straight fights since being shocked by an 11th-round TKO from former light heavyweight title contender Karo Murat in 2017. Boesel most recently dominated and defeated Timy Shala by TKO in April, moving him significantly in all four major rankings systems.

Boesel will continue his trend of fighting on his home turf of Germany, as the 30-year-old has never fought outside of his native country. The Naumberg, Germany native will once again have the fans on his side this weekend in arguably the biggest fight of his career.

“Fornling is very sure of himself, I’m sure of myself,” Boesel said via fightnews.com. “Everyone has his confidence and that’s a good thing! The advantage is with me.

“I’m a better boxer, and I hit harder. In the end, I’m going to get my way. Fornling is no KO puncher. My knockout ratio is better!”

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Boesel’s greatest victory to date was a TKO of Sami Enbom in 2017 for inter-continental titles, but he’ll fight for his first major title on Saturday. In the rankings, the German currently sits at No. 5 WBC, No. 3 WBA, No. 3 IBF and No. 3 WBO. Boesel, however, will fight an opponent on Saturday who is solely focused on him.

Fornling (15-1, 7 KOs) is coming off an upset victory over Murat in December, taking the IBO light heavyweight title from the former champion. The 30-year-old was scheduled to fight IBF champion Artur Beterbiev in May, but he had to withdraw from the fight due to a leg injury.

“It’s a good fight, and once again I will have to fight a local champion abroad – can’t wait,” Fornling told The Ring. “As long as the crowd go crazy, it doesn’t matter if they are cheering for me or him. Hearing them gives me the extra edge.

“The worst arena would be an empty one. Also, this is (an interim) title fight, so the judges must be neutral and accepted by my team. (Boesel) does most things well but a few things great. A key to the victory will be to take advantage of his stiff style and high guard.”

Fornling is joining Badou Jack and Otto Wallin, to name a few, who are trying to change the perception of boxing in their home country of Sweden. The sport was banned for 36 years in the Nordic country, only to be re-ignited in 2006.

“It is still a moral debate, but all it takes is one great fighter to change that and make boxing in Sweden great again,” Fornling said. “It’s one of my goals to do that and show that I’m the best Swedish boxer of all time.”


• How to watch/start time: The fight can be seen this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN +

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