Battle of Botnia 2016 Preview, with Teymur Headliner and Westin Co-Headliner

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The Swedish promotion Battle of Botnia puts on their 6th event and will be looking to follow up last years successful return after a 3 year hiatus. The card consists of only 7 pro fights but with a lot of potential in every single match up.  Saturday night’s card is headlined by the two undefeated Daniel Teymur, Sweden and Manolo Scianna, Italy.

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Both of the fighters in the main event have a 5-0 record so it will be a very important bout for both of them as one of them will continue their path as a undefeated fighter. Daniel comes in with his very solid background from Muay Thai and a strong ground game that’s shown through 3 of his wins being by submission. Scianna has 2 tko, 2 submission and 1 decision win so far. Notable is that Daniel Teymur has never fought past the first round in his pro MMA career.

The co-main event is between the Swedish powerhouse Jonatan Westin (9-2) and Greece’s John Palaiologos (9-5), both guys come in off fresh wins, Westin with a first round TKO at SFN 1 and Palaiologos also with a first round TKO over Finn Niko Puhaka at Carelia Fight 12. My tip is that you do not blink during this fight or you might miss it all!

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Also on the card are local Renyi fighters Fernando Flores (3-1) and Viktor Gustavsson (2-1), both of them come in fresh off wins this year but are facing some tough opposition in the shape of Edgars Skrivers (9-4) from Latvia for Flores and Ivan Zidar (0-0) who is a experienced Croatian kickboxer for Gustavsson.

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Skrivers will be looking to bounce back after 2 straight losses and he was not kind with his words about Fernando at the post weight in press conference. “I’m ready, but I hope he comes to bang. In his previous fights it doesn’t look like he likes to stand and bang.”  Fernando predicted that it would be a tough fight but he would end it the final round of the fight to get the win.

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Gustavsson was confident that he would add another notch in the winning column, ‘He’s a striker just like me and I know what to do with that type of opposition. It’s gonna be a bang. I’ll win by knock out!.’ Ivan Zidar wasn’t slow to reply by saying ‘Viktor talks a lot of sh#t. He says that he’s a striker just like me, but let’s see tomorrow if he’s as tough in the ring as he is on Facebook’.

With a big support from their hometown both of these fights will be very entertaining!

Iman Darabi (2-2), Sweden, looks to rebound after two consecutive losses.  The strawweight will take on Elena Belaya (2-2), Ukraine.

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Not to be missed is a top Nordic heavyweight in Yosef Ali Mohammad (6-3), Sweden, who will take on Evgeniy Bova (6-6-1), Ukraine.
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IMMAF World Champion Minna Grusander (1-0), Finland, will look to continue moving her pro career forward with her bout against Anna Kuzmenko (1-0), Ukraine.

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You can watch the live stream at battleofbotnia.solidtango.com for 79 SEK, or follow the action right here with our live reporting and pictures.

Photos by Per Karlsson.