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July 05, 2013


Press Release: Team Sauerland announced the signing of Swedish light heavyweight Oscar Ahlin. The 23-year-old from Stockholm, who has won all of his seven pro fights by KO, has inked a long-term deal with Europe's biggest boxing promoter. He will receive regular television exposure on Viasat in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Ahlin's next fight will be on September 7th in Frederikshavn, Denmark. The main event on that show matches WBA, WBC & WBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (22-0, 6 KOs) against WBO female light middleweight champion Oxandia Castillo (12-0, 9 KOs).

Ahlin is the latest addition to a line-up of Swedish boxers that already features light heavyweight Erik Skoglund (17-0), 2012 Olympian Anthony Yigit (4-0) and heavyweight hopeful Otto Wallin (1-0).

Ahlin made his name known in April 2013 when he knocked out unbeaten Norwegian Tim-Robin Lihaug in the third round of their clash in Frederikshavn. “That was a big win for me,” he said. “I wouldn't be here had I lost that fight.”

As for the main event, Castillo made her name in February when she stopped Hanna Gabriel to become champion at the age of 18. Hopeful of becoming the “next big thing in women's boxing”, the fearless Castillo now travels to Frederikshavn to challenge Braekhus. “Bring it on,” Braekhus said. “This should be a great fight – two unbeaten champions, two highly-motivated fighters and a great crowd in Frederikshavn. It will be another exciting night for women´s boxing. I have a lot of respect for Oxandia's accomplishments. Her victory over Gabriel was impressive. I know what it´s like to be the up-and-coming youngster that hunts down the big names, I´ve been in her position myself. But she has never been in the ring with someone like me. Her winning streak will come to an end on September 7th.”

Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: “Braekhus versus Castillo is an exciting fight of two unbeaten champions. It´s the best fighter in the world against the biggest talent with a fearsome record. Cecilia has made a habit of defending her titles against the best opponents out there and here she is again, taking on this mysterious teenage kid with the big bang. It´s a big risk Cecilia takes, Castillo is bigger and more powerful, but when you have Cecilia´s boxing skills, there is no need to be afraid of anybody. It will be another great fight at Arena Nord.”

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