La Cruz and Sep – A real Clash of Boxing Superstars!

The scales were waiting for the boxers who will fight in the second leg of this Battle of Champions. One after another the boxers confirmed their weights. Then, the two most anticipated boxers arrived and the scales showed 81 Kg. Croatian Hrvoje Sep, confident and charismatic, and the Cuban Julio César la Cruz, quiet, almost shy, but with a special light in his eyes. The Arlan challenged the Domador face to face, as Camaguey’s boxer supported him. The public and the press sighed marveling.

After this scene we decided to put together these two boxers for a joint interview, the only two competitors who already fought each other in Season IV. They didn’t look at each other during theirs answers, maybe keeping their territory apart.

What do you think about this match, this Battle of Champions in Astana?

Julio César la Cruz: It was a great idea by AIBA’s executives. Nowadays Cuban and Kazakh boxing are two big powers. I think that this match will be a great spectacle for the world boxing family. The best pound-for-pound boxer in each category will be in the ring.

Hrvoje Sep. I think it’s a great opportunity to show the world what WSB really is with its greatest boxers in the world.

You are the only two boxers who fought last season. “El Doctor” (Julio César la Cruz ) won that contested fight. What do you remember?

JCLC. It was a strong fight, both looking for the win. I think what helped to win was more strength of character. But it was a fine bout, with courage and bravery, and Sep was a strong opponent.

HS. I remember it was a very close fight. I thought I won that fight but the judges announced him as a winner so it was fair and square. I will try to win this time.

What can we expect from the fight of both of you?

JCLC. We will have a good fight and the winner will be the one who gets into the rhythm.

HS. You can expect a very good fight because my opponent is the best in the world. But the stronger my opponent is, the better it is for me, because I like to fight with very strong boxers so I can show the world how good I am.

You can expect a very good fight because my opponent is the best in the world. I like to fight with very strong boxers so I can show the world how good I am.

La Cruz, How do you see Sep?

JCLC. For me it is pleasure to fight him. He is one of the most experienced and successful boxers in the World Series. In Cuba, when you want to check your level, you have to fight with the best boxers, and Sep is one of them, so I’m inspired to fight him. If I am to win, I need to utilize my experience.

In Cuba, when you want to check your level, you have to fight with the best boxers, and Sep is one of them

With the break after the Season IV Finals, how do you feel? Did you have holidays?

JCLC. None of us arrived here in the same condition as at the end of the WSB Season, because the preparation devised by our coaches took into account that we will fight in the Panamerican Games and Caribbean Games in November so they assigned holidays during August. But since then we started we worked very hard for this match and I’m feeling good.

HS. Physically we feel very good. I didn’t take a holiday because I wanted to prepare better for the next season and when we were told that the start was going to be sooner than expected, it was good for me because I am in very good shape already.

When we turned off the voice record, two big smiles appeared and they shook their hands and wished each other luck.

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