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Brähmer, Zbik presser

Photo: Eroll Popova

Photo: Eroll Popova

On Saturday in Schwerin, the capital of the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, will host an special “Universum Champions Night” with two world championship fights and a much-anticipated debut. The event at the Sport and Kongresshalle will feature local boys and world champions Jürgen Brähmer and Sebastian Zbik. Today all boxers met for the first time in a frosty atmosphere at a press conference held at the Alpine Centre Hamburg-Wittenburg.

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On Saturday in Schwerin, the capital of the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, will host an special “Universum Champions Night” with two world championship fights and a much-anticipated debut. The event at the Sport and Kongresshalle will feature local boys and world champions Jürgen Brähmer and Sebastian Zbik. Today all boxers met for the first time in a frosty atmosphere at a press conference held at the Alpine Centre Hamburg-Wittenburg.

Brähmer (34-2, 28 KOs) will defend his WBO light heavyweight championship for the first time against unbeaten WBO #10 Dmitry Sukhotsky (14-0, 9 KOs).

“I’m thrilled that we nearly have a sold-out house for a great fight night in Schwerin,” said WBO light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer. “Every fight is difficult and of a high standard. And then it’s a home game. However, I don’t think anything will go wrong since I had a good preparation. I have full concentration — although there were enough distractions. People from everywhere were calling me so I even turned off my cell phone.”

Brähmer’s trainer Michael Timm commented “This fight is something quite special. I’ve been with Jürgen since 1994. He wanted to become a world champion, and now he is and he’s making his first title defense in his hometown. If you come from this town, which is a real boxing town, this is something special. It tingles in the belly.”

Challenger Dmitry Sukhotsky stated, “I’ve seen videos of Brähmer. I have no fear of him. I’m not worried at all. In this weight class anything can happen, one punch and it can be over. So I’ll be looking for my chance. In Siberia it’s 40 degrees below zero, here in Germany it’s two degrees above. This change is my biggest problem.“

WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik (27-0, 10 KOs) will make his first title defense against unbeaten Emanuele Della Rosa (22-0, 7 KOs).

“Last time at the Nurburgring, I wasn’t perfectly prepared due to an eardrum injury,” said Zbik. “This time not everything went perfect, but much better than in July, so I’m optimistic. I grew up in a village of 200 people near Neubrandenburg. I think 150 of them will be sitting in the hall cheering me on. You can’t be tense and lose your form if so many expectations are there. I guess Emanuele is similar in strength to my last Italian opponent and he’ll always be moving forward.”

Trainer Fritz Sdunek: For me this is also a great experience. If one sees how many boys who have become Olympians and medal winners have gone through this school in Schwerin, it’s fantastic. I’m very proud that with Michael Timm a local athelete has gone on to become a successful trainer. Saturday will be a great evening.“

Challenger Emanuele Della Rosa said, “Sebastian is a good boxer and world champion and a tough opponent. But I will defeat him.”

Another highlight of this boxing gala will be the pro debut of world amateur welterweight champion Jack Culcay for Universum Box-Promotion. The first German amateur champion in 14 years, Culcay will take on Jindrich Kubin (5-2-0 (3)) at junior middleweight, a division with a German tradition. Eckhard Dagge (1948-2006) won the WBC world title in June 1976 in Berlin to become the first German boxing champion since Max Schmeling.

“I’m happy to be making my pro debut,” said Culcay. “I’ve signed my exit papers with the German Army. Now I’m already counting the hours until it finally starts.”

Culcay’s trainer Michael Timm added, “The sparring sessions were very promising. He’s managed the transition (from amateur to pro) very well. I hope it stays that way. One thing is certain: Jack is a jewel.”

Also in action will be unbeaten featherweight prospect Marcel Meyerdiercks (14-0, 5 KOs), another highly regarded Schwerin fighter, taking on Felix Lora (8-5-2, 4 KOs).

Cruiserweight contender Alexander Alekseev (18-1, 16 KOs) will appear in a ten rounder vs TBA as he prepares for another world title shot.

2008 Olympic heavyweight champion Rakhim Tschachkijew (2-0, 2 KOs), will contest his third professional fight in the cruiserweight division against Igor Pipilenko (4-5-1). 


Spectacular flyweight Pal “Pimpa“ Bedak (5-0, 3 KOs) takes on Lahcene Zemmouri (17-12-1, 10 KOs).

Unbeaten light heavyweight Igor Michalkin (10-0, 7 KOs) who takes on Doudou Ngumbu (20-1, 9 KOs) in what looks to be a compelling matchup.

In other bouts unbeaten super welterweight Damian Jonak (23-0-1, 12 KOs) faces Vasile Surcica (13-29-2, 5 KOs) , plus Mariano Nicolas Plotinsky (15-3, 8 KOs), who defeated Thomas Ulrich in March, will also see action.




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