Time to shine: Sonny Fredrickson interview
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Super lightweight Sonny Fredrickson tells Chris Glover he is relishing appearing on this weekend's World Boxing Super Series card in Lafayette, Louisiana...
Toledo, Ohio's Sonny Fredrickson is enjoying a fast-paced last six months. Having won the USBA super lightweight title he is now preparing to to showcase his skills on the undercard of this weekend's highly anticipated World Boxing Super Series semi-final card in Lafayette, Louisiana.
The WBSS card was set to see Filipino legend and current WBA bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire face WBO champion Zolani Tete, although it was revealed today that the South African is out through injury, with Donaire now expected to face replacement Stephon Young from St Louis instead. The other WBSS semi-final on the card sees American super lightweight standout Regis Prograis contest the WBA and WBC Diamond belts against a fighter who is a real-life beast from the east, Kiryl Relikh.
Fredrickson opened up on how preparation had gone ahead of his appearance on the WBSS card in Louisiana. "Training has gone excellently and I feel like I'm improving and maturing all the time. I am constantly working with Robert Easter Jr who will face Rances Barthelemy for the IBO lightweight title so myself and Robert are really pushing each other to the limit.
"I can see both mine and Robert's fights ending in a similar fashion, with knockout victories and I believe we will both be world champions this year. That's what I am working towards and I have a great team at Victory Sports and Entertainment who are getting me great opportunities at the right time so I really believe the sky is the limit."
The 24-year-old Fredrickson is the 'alternate' for the World Boxing Super Series which means if any fighter was to pull out, he would fill the void. He discussed the possibility of gaining a world title opportunity through that route, as well as his lofty ranking within the WBO and IBF.
The Ohio native said, "If the opportunity was to come around where a fighter pulled out of the WBSS I would be ready to take their place under any circumstances. I am always in the gym, always ready and I guarantee you I would cause any of these world champions serious issues.
"I now have a high ranking in both the IBF and WBO so my aim is to continue to climb the rankings and force a world title fight. That's what I want at the end of the day is to be world champion and I believe my team will get me that opportunity when the time is right. I would fight for a world title tomorrow but I trust my team to get me the right fights and the right time."
Fredrickson's opponent is the big punching 14-0-1 Kazak Bakhtiyar Eyubov on this weekend's show in Lafayette's Cajun Dome, and the Toledo super lightweight gave his thoughts about his opponent, who he appeared to be very familiar with.
"I was supposed to fight Eyubov a while back on ShoBox but it never happened for whatever reason," he said. "We wanted the fight back then and we are more than ready for the fight now and I'm excited to show off my skills to a massive audience and put on a great display that ends in another win for Sonny Frederickson.
"Training has been excellent and I'm 24 years of age, I'm only getting better and this weekend you're going to see the best Sonny Fredrickson yet."