“Siru” Acosta Will Go for The World Heavyweight Title Against Norwegian Tim Lihaug
Rubén “Siru” Acosta will face Tim Robin Lihaug for the vacant midweight world title of the International Boxing Association on October 26 in Bergen, Norway . In this way the boxer will face his second chance to be crowned world champion (in the first he fell by KOT5 against the German Robert Stieglitz).
After the accident at work that seemed to end his career as a boxer, the Spaniard based in Mar del Plata exceeded the scheduled recovery in record time, began with his usual training and made statements for his great chance:
“ I am preparing myself thoroughly. This time I have a complete team that includes coach, fitness coach, nutritionist and sports psychologist. This is the opportunity I waited all my life and I want to live up to the circumstances. I want to be world champion. ”
Regarding his preparation, he stated “I train double and triple shifts according to the instructions of my team. In turn, next week we will start with the sparring with the help of all the gyms in the city and I will also travel to the city of Buenos Aires to perform the level sparring, with characteristics similar to those of my rival, to polish the last details . Also, to avoid the effects of introducing myself to the place of the fight with the logical fatigue of the trip, I decided to arrive 6 days in advance to have the rest and acclimatization corresponding to one of the coldest places in the world. I do not go for the bag. I’m really hungry for glory and I don’t want to leave any random details. ”
His rival, Tim Lihaug is the current intercontinental champion of this organization and arrives with a record of 19-4-0 10KO. His most important fights were against Arthur Abraham and Tomas Adamek with which he was defeated by points. Its main advantage will be fighting against its people.
The IBA world title has a long history. Specifically in the medium heavy category, its last two champions were the renowned Sergei Kovalev and Eleider Alvarez (who vacated the belt after losing the rematch with the Russian). In turn, the legendary Roy Jones Jr. got this title in 2001 and lost it in his sixth defense against another legend like Antonio Tarver. Champion of this category was also considered the best fighter in the world in 2004, Glen Johnson.
Great figures who wore this belt were Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Erik Morales and Arturo Gatti among others.