A press conference was held in Dresden, Germany on Wednesday at the Schiller Garten located at the famous “Blauen Wunder” (Blue Wonder) steel bridge over the Elbe River to officially announce the March 7 “Universum Champions Night” at the Freiberger Arena. In the main event, light heavyweight Jürgen Brähmer (31-2, 25 KOs) will take on French champion Rachid Kanfouah (29-6, 23 KOs) for the vacant European title, while WIBF/GBU female super bantamweight champion Alesia Graf (22-1, 9 KOs) meets Magdalena Dahlen (9-1, 3 KOs) in a rematch of their exciting bout last November in Rostock. Here’s what they had to say, plus more photos.
Jürgen Brähmer: I am very glad that after my defeat in the world title fight against [WBA champion Hugo] Garay there was no long break and now again I’ve got this European title fight. The fight against Garay, who unfortunately forced his strategy upon me while I couldn’t put through own, has actually been more useful to me than harmful. I probably had to have that experience to be better prepared to go into a title fight. I don’t know much about Kanfouah other than his good fight against Thomas Ulrich. To motivate further me, I need this new challenge for the European championship, need this opponent and with him this fire! He will experience his “blaues wunde.”
Rachid Kanfouah: About the fight against Ulrich, my coach and I have agreed not to discuss it anymore. While Jürgen Brähmer has had no break, I’ve been out for a year. I got married, bought a house and expanded it. At 36 years of age, this fight is perhaps one of the last chances for me to get a title. With Jürgen Brähmer, I’m facing a good technical boxer and it’s a big job before me, a tough challenge. I’m coming to Germany to beat him and win the title!
In the co-feature, WIBF/GBU female super bantamweight champion Alesia Graf will face stablemate Magdalena Dahlen in an interesting rematch.
Alesia Graf: Magdalena Dahlen showed in Rostock that she can box at my level and pushed me hard. Our first fight was athletic, dynamic and technically high-quality boxing. We stand for progress in women’s boxing and want to continue advertising for our sport. The great Dresden fight fans will see a very dynamic and exciting bout. This is a super-fight!
Magdalena Dahlen: Naturally I was very depressed about my defeat in Rostock. I had prepared long and hard, and gave all my strength in the fight so the disappointment was big first. But afterwards many praised me for my effort and I found out that I can keep up at the high world level so that motivates me now especially.
Also in action is world rated light heavyweight Aleksy Kuziemski (16-0, 3 KOs), currently the WBO intercontinental beltholder, plus the popular Bedak brothers Zsolt (12-0, 3 KOs) und Pal (2-0, 2 KOs).
Photos: Eroll Popova