Last Saturday Andrei Koshkin fought Yusup Umarov at ACB 89 and defeated him via knockout. Andrey has spoken about the fight and what's next for him.
- Give us your thoughts on your last fight?
It was an intense fight. We've studied each other well. We had almost three months to prepare. Yusup hits hard, he has a good timing and he keeps his distance very well but my defense, footwork and timing were spot on.
- Who would you like to fight next?
It doesn't matter to me. I want to face someone good. Yusup wasn't in a top-10, but it was a risky fight for me. He has some serious power and he's a good fighter. I could have lost my position in the rankings. I think my next opponent will be someone from top-5. Most likely Shamil Nikaev or Joshua Aveles.
- How do you feel after the fight?
I'm feeling great, I don't have any injuries. I'll rest for about one week and get back to work. I don't know when I will fight next time, probably next year. Will see what ACB offers me.
As I said I'll get back to training really soon and I'll be in shape, so if someone pulls out of ACB 90 I'll be ready. If all goes well and I'm healthy, I'll be ready to step in if someone from Vartanyan-Gadzhidaudov fight gets injured. Or any other lightweight fight, I just need to focus on being in the great shape right now.