Erik Pfeifer: “Winning the APB title was an accomplishment for all the hard work I put in”25 August 2015
Germany’s Erik Pfeifer made AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) history in January, when he became the very first Champion of the competition after defeating Mohammed Arjaoui (MAR) in an outstanding contest.
The APB Super Heavyweight (91+ kg) king is undefeated in this format of boxing having won all four of his matches, and he is set to make the first defence of his title next month against the number one contender Mihai Nistor (ROU).
For the first time in APB, Pfeifer will enjoy the support of his home fans as Germany will host the crucial bout, but the confident star is philosophical regarding his chances wherever he competes.
“I feel very happy, but I don’t feel any pressure,” he tells APB. “It is always pleasant to fight at home, but I can be efficient when I fight anywhere else too!”
Pfeifer previously defeated Nistor in an earlier APB contest, which was the third time the two fighters had met inside the squared circle.
Although their APB contest lasted just three rounds, Pfeifer is secure that he is fully aware of Nistor’s fearsome attributes.
“I had the chance to analyse his fighting style in that match,” he confirms. “It is an aggressive one.”
Since his title victory in January, the German star has not fought in APB, while his next opponent has accumulated a brace of impressive victories, most notably over Arjaoui in July.
“I was quite impressed with his performance yes, but Arjaoui might not have been in his best shape on the day, and as Nistor was well prepared, he took advantage of that,” says Pfeifer.
“In regards to my year so far, firstly I took some time to rest. I started intensive training more than three months ago however, and started sparring too, so I now feel in very good shape,” he adds.
Prior to his APB exploits, Pfeifer won bronze medals in consecutive AIBA World Boxing Championships, and also competed at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
His title triumph earned him a direct quota for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and he admits he would “be even happier to win the Olympic Gold Medal.”
Pfeifer’s training base in Germany allows him access to excellent facilities and strong sparring partners, which are essential for building up towards longer-round matches.
The Champion heavily attributes his dedicated training regime to the success he has enjoyed so far in APB.
“I think that the training I had was one of the reasons I have been successful. Without a doubt Germany has very efficient trainers who are experienced in professional boxing and are very supportive.”
A large amount of German boxers compete in APB, all of whom are desperate to earn titles like the Super Heavyweight sensation has.
While the likes of Artem Harutyunyan and Arajik Marutjan have competed well, Pfeifer was quick to point out other talented compatriots who are being tipped for the top.
“David Graf (91 kg) and Serge Michel (81kg) have earned great results, while Xhek Paskal (75kg) is a very promising boxer.”
Having been Champion for seven months, Pfeifer is incredibly proud of the belt that he holds, which he describes as “an accomplishment for all the hard work I put in before joining APB.”
The 28-year-old has risen to the top of the boxing world by using his brain as well as his formidable brawn.
Blessed with lightning quick hands, Pfeifer’s rapid combination punching is a rare sight in the heaviest weight decision, and he possesses devastating one punch knock-out power in both hands.
“My height and the width of my arms are also advantageous,” he remarks, and that sizeable reach offers a formidable barrier for opponents to overhaul.
Pfeifer will attempt to use all of his considerable talent to defeat Nistor next month, and remain APB Super Heavyweight Champion.