Heading into his 6 June rematch with Catalin Morosanu at Dynamite Fighting Show 4 in Cluj Napoca, Romania, British heavyweight Daniel Sam is confident of another victory.
“He said he would destroy me the first time, he didn’t do it,” Sam recalled, speaking in an interview with Romanian television.
“He’s not big enough. He’s not strong enough to destroy me. I’m too much of a strong fighter.”
The two fighters previously met in a Superkombat event held in Puerto Rico in March 2016. Morosanu, giving up 15 cm (almost 6 inches) in height and 18 kg in weight, pressed the action against the bigger Sam.
The Romanian was the busier fighter, but Sam blocked a lot of punches with his guard. The British fighter landed the sharper blows, connecting with knees and body kicks and also a few good punches.
Neither fighter was able to knock down or seriously hurt the other, and the judges favored Sam by scores of 30-27, 29-28, and 28-29.
Some thought Morosanu’s higher workrate earned him the victory, and the Eurosport commentator described the judges’ verdict as a “shock decision.”
The rematch gives the popular Morosanu a chance to set the record straight.
Sam is expecting to repeat his earlier victory.
“It’s gonna be embarrassing for him cause he’s going to have all of his friends, all of his supporters there,” he said.
“But I’m coming to beat him again.”