Nigeria’s Efetobor Apochi will climb back into the ring tomorrow at the Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Undefeated Apochi will fight once-beaten Earl Newman in an eight-round cruiser-weight contest as part of the under-card fights headlined by a World Boxing Council (WBC) World Super Middleweight Title showdown between Anthony Dirrell and Avni Yildirim.
Apochi, who captained the Nigerian boxing team to the 2014 Commonwealth Games warned his American opponent to watch out for some ‘wickedmadness’ on Saturday.
He said: I will beat Newman. I am fully prepared to put another ‘wickedmadness’ show on Saturday.”
He also thanked his fans back home in Nigeria for their support, adding that they are the reason he fights.
“I love my fans to death and they are the reason I keep fighting. I feel their positive energy all around me. They should keep it up and never stop.”
Apochi, 31 remains undefeated in six fights with all the fights ending via knockouts while 27-year-old Newman has won 10 times, lost and drawn once respectively in 12 fights.
Meanwhile, former heavyweight champion Samuel Peter will fight Gerardo Escobar at Cheer’s Bar, Tijuana, Mexico tonight.
Samuel, who won the WBC heavyweight title in 2008 will be fighting for the first time since he lost the vacant WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title to Kubrat Pulev in Bulgaria in 2016.
Peter knocked out Oleg Maskaev in March 2008 to become the first African to hold a heavyweight title but suffered an eighth round knockout loss to Vitali Klitschko in his only defense of the title in October 2008.