Icelandic heavyweight Kolbeinn Kristinsson faces Mirko Tintor on December 2 in Austria
Icelandic heavyweight Kolbeinn Kristinsson will fight in his first scheduled eight-round bout on December 2 when he faces Bosnian southpaw Mirko Tintor at the Sofiensale in Vienna, Austria.
The 35-year-old Kristinsson (14-0, 8 knockouts), the only active male pro boxer from Iceland, will be boxing against his first ever southpaw opponent as a professional. The 6’6″, 250-pound Kristinsson last fought at that same venue on September 30, stopping British journeyman Michael Bassett in two rounds.
The 36-year-old Tintor (16-8-1, 9 KOs) of Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina last fought in July, and is coming off a three-fight losing streak. Kristinsson says he is preparing for the fight in the Icelandic capital region of Reykjavik, but is hoping to raise funds to travel to Ireland or the United Kingdom to find some southpaw sparring.
“I’m excited to go back to Vienna, looking forward to putting on a great show,” said Kristinsson of Gardabaer, Iceland.
“Now that I’m finally active I can start making a push towards getting my hands on the heavyweight title. The Icebear is coming for blood.”
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Kristinsson is promoted by Salita Promotions, and has sparred with many top fighters, including heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, plus former WBO titleholder Joseph Parker and Robert Helenius.
“He’s a big guy, he’s very hungry, he works hard and he really wants to be a champion,” said Salita of Kristinsson. “It would be very special to have a big heavyweight fighter [as champion] from the Land of Fire and Ice. I think he has real potential for sure.”
The card will be promoted by Harald Pfingstl (14-0, 10 KOs), an undefeated super middleweight from Austria who will also compete on the card. Other boxers slated for the card include heavyweight Agron Smakici (20-2, 18 KOs) of Croatia and Austrian lightweight Philipp Kohler (6-0, 5 KOs).