TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- Potawotami resident Marcus Oliveira has quietly punched his way into a boxing world title fight. His training team explains why the WBA Championship belt is coming back to Kansas soon.((sot))
Trainer Erik Riley points towards his punching power, his defense and his speed. Those are a few of the strenghts 34 year old Marcus possesses. He's also just one fight away from the ultimate possession in his sport. The WBA Light Heavyweight title which the Potawotami native hopes to bring back to Kansas for those that have been with him from the start. Marcus says "They are real excited. I really want to bring it back for them and show them that a lot of great fighters and athletes come from small towns."
Marcus will fight the #2 contender, German Juergan Braehmer for the WB title December 14th.
Those familiar with Oliveira's talent say the 42-2 Braehmer is in for a long night.
Oliveira's sparring partner, Kelvin Tiller says, "He's (Braehmer) gonna feel a lot of power and speed and a lot of different angles. He's not going to be able to hit Marcus I don't believe."
Riley said, "One punch and it will change the whole fight. After the punch, when he feels it, he's either going to be sitting on his butt trying to get up or waking up in the locker room."
With a professional record of 25-0 and one draw, you would think Marcus' opponents would be able to find some weaknesses in his game. But, as those who spend time in the ring with him say, he spends countless hours trying to combat that."
Riley says, "It's weird because in every fight Marcus has fought with a different style."
Kelvin said, "He's smart and adjusts to any style, south paw, unorthodox."
While hard work and dedication for Marcus has paid off, he hopes a humble confidence will be victorious in the title fight.
Marcus said, "If i just stay focused on what i do, it will show in the ring."
Marcus Oliveira's fight against Juergan Braehmer for the vacant WBA title will take place in Germany Saturday at 1:30 p.m. CT.