Clemente Russo: “Egorov is very skillful and strong, but I’m ready to go to Russia to win”04 September 2015
Clemente Russo has reigned supreme as one of the most decorated stars in world boxing over the past decade, and is now looking to become the APB World Heavyweight Champion on September 18 against titleholder Aleksey Egorov (RUS).
The decorated Italian has been synonymous with success for the majority of his career, and that trademark has continued into his APB tenure.
Recent APB Cycle I victories over Anton Pinchuk (KAZ) and Roman Golovashchenko (UKR) saw the 33-year-old return to his swaggering best, which delighted the packed crowds who flocked to watch him in Italy.
“The first APB Cycle was enjoyable, and like I had initially thought, the entire APB project is very solid and exciting,” Russo tells AIBAProBoxing.com.
“Fighting in Italy was a great experience, and it is a pity that the Egorov match will not be held there.”
Along with the challenge of competing in enemy territory when he travels to Moscow to face Egorov, Russo will be fighting over 12 rounds, a distance which can test even the most disciplined of boxers.
Russo has lost twice to the undefeated Russian in APB, but after his impressive performances in Cycle I, the two-time AIBA World Champion is confident that it will be third time lucky in Moscow.
“I’m not nervous about the 12 rounds. Egorov is very skillful and strong, but I’m ready to go to Russia to win,” he confirms.
By defeating Pinchuk in his last bout, Russo achieved a qualification quota for his fourth Olympic Games, and after silver medals from Beijing 2008 and London 2012, he is intent on finally winning gold at Rio 2016.
“It has been my dream to finally realise winning Gold at the Olympic Games, and that is something which I am working towards.”
As the years have progressed, so too has Russo’s boxing style, which has transformed into a all-round spectacle which contains very few weaknesses.
Elusive movement and fluid footwork are classic characteristics which define the in-ring attributes of the likeable Italian, and his combination punching has been particularly impressive in APB.
“After growing in age and with the changing of the scoring method, I am now boxing differently than when I was younger,” Russo says.
Becoming APB Champion is one of the most difficult accomplishments in all of sport, but Russo has been preparing for this moment with tremendous discipline and diligence.
“Winning would be a great achievement for me to reach, especially because I have dedicated two years of training for APB,” he remarks.
“It would be one of the most important milestones for me to accomplish.”
The series of upcoming APB World Championship Matches represents another huge step forwards in AIBA Pro Boxing, as it once again progresses boxing even further across the globe.
Russo has seen the entire journey of APB thus far, and is delighted with the evolution of the competition.
“I like APB very much, especially because there is more focus placed on the event, and it is less stress than competing in a tournament.”
On September 18, the world will be watching a Moscow match-up which will incorporate every element of what makes the sport of boxing so mesmeric.
Two world class boxers fighting for a highly coveted prize, with each possessing a dynamic X-Factor which can change the course of a fight with a single punch.
“It will be a difficult match with much intensity,” says Russo.
“Above all else, it will be very entertaining for the public.”