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Johanna Persson feature: “It’s time to step into the cage for the first time”



Johanna Persson Muay Thai Interview

Johanna Persson. Photo: Chris Önnerby

This past weekend, Gävle’s Johanna Persson won her fourth Swedish Championship gold medal as she defeated Sofia Attermo via a fifth-round TKO at Fyrishov Arena in Uppsala.

Persson has developed into one of the best fighters in Scandinavia during the past years, with multiple big victories in both Sweden and abroad, including a WMC Nordic title and a exceptionally quick knockout against Gabi Maxwell in Thailand.

“The Swedish Championships are always special and it was extra fun that it went down in Uppsala this year. That’s almost home turf,” Persson says in an exclusive interview with Frontkick. “It’s among the biggest things that happens in Swedish Muay Thai and I’m happy to get a opponent this year. A fight is always a fight and I’m always ready to step into the cage to develop my game.”

What does it mean to be a multiple Swedish champion?

“It’s a pressure to defend the Swedish Championship but it’s a pressure you deserve to have. It’s also huge to be able to represent the National Team and my mind is set on the World Championships now.”

Johanna Persson has two big fights coming up

The upcoming months are packed with interesting challenges for the Swedish champ. On July 6 she will take on fan favourite Alex Rose in Combat Fight Series for the vacant CFS 50,7 kilo world title at York Hall.

Rose is a WBC Muay Thai European Champion and a very tough opponent for anyone.

“I will fight and train hard to be at my absolute peak ahead of my CFS world championship title fight. There’s a lot that needs to fall into place and we are piecing together that puzzle now.”

Johanna Persson Muay Thai Champ

Johanna Persson. Photo via Instagram (@johannakpersson)

“It’s time to step into the cage for the first time”

However, before taking on the British WBC champion she has an international fight coming up at Allstars Fight Night in April. Yesterday, it was announced that Persson will take on seasoned veteran and highly decorated Norwegian fighter Anne Line Hogstad in a Muay Thai bout at Allstars Fight Night 6.

“It’s time to step into the cage for the first time. On April 27 I will be back for yet another fight.  This time against one of my role models when I started fighting. It’s awesome and I’m so excited about it! We believe in keeping me as active as possible and we are always going forward.”

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