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'Nordic Queen' and 'Swedish Princess' ready for big fight showdown

Published onsdag 7 september 2016 kl 16.58
Promoter: This is one of the biggest fights that Sweden has seen
(4:46 min)
Mikaela Laurén in determined pre-fight mood.Photo:Stina Stjernkvist/TT
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Mikaela Laurén in determined pre-fight mood.Photo:Stina Stjernkvist/TT
Boxing promoter Nisse Sauerland has both fighters in his stable.Photo:Stina Stjernkvist/TT
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Boxing promoter Nisse Sauerland has both fighters in his stable.Photo:Stina Stjernkvist/TT Credit: Stina Stjernkvist/TT
Klara Svensson at a pre-fight press conference Wednesday. Photo:Stina Stjernkvist/TT
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Klara Svensson at a pre-fight press conference Wednesday. Photo:Stina Stjernkvist/TT

The two biggest domestic names in women's boxing come face to face in Stockholm in an interim WBC World Welterweight title fight on Saturday. Bitter rivals Klara Svensson and Mikaela Laurén step into the ring in one of the most eagerly anticipated fights in years.

The hype between the pair who say they do not like each other has been building all week and dates back to the spring, when on an eve of fight weigh-in, WBC Female World Super Welterweight Champion Mikaela Laurén, the former elite swimmer turned boxer from Stockholm, poured water over the head of her opponent Ivana Habazin.

The stunt was called 'embarassing' by Malmo's super lightweight contender Klara Svensson, who was fighting on the same undercard and chose to accompany the Croatian Habazin into the ring to show her support.

Now the Mikaela 'Nordic Queen' Laurén and 'Swedish Princess', Klara Svensson, will meet in the ring in a bitter grudge match at Hovet in Stockholm this Saturday. At stake is the vacant interim WBC Female World Welterweight title but also the unoffical title of Sweden's Number 1 female boxer.

At a final pre-fight fight press conference, Wednesday, Radio Sweden asked the bitter rivals whether the mutual antipathy between the pair was real or just hype.

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