Dominik Britsch (26-1-1, 9 KOs) returns from his first defeat as a professional February 2 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin – and he will do so as a super-middleweight. The opponent of the night will be Luis Crespo (8-3-1, 4 KOs) who has done something Britsch could not: beat Roberto Santos. Back in February 2012, the 25-year-old German fought out a gritty draw with Santos and seven months later lost the rematch by TKO in Bamberg, Germany. Both bouts were for the vacant EBU European Union middleweight title.
However according to Britsch himself, he has learnt his lessons: “I have to ensure that I am always 100 percent focused. My mind has to be on the fight right from the beginning to the end.” Now Britsch wants to prove that he has learnt his lesson when he takes on Luis Crespo. The man from Spain is not just a tough opposition because he beat Santos. Crespo fights as a southpaw and also has a reach advantage over Britsch. “That is exactly the kind of challenge I need after such a loss,” says Britsch. “I am fighting a man who beat the guy I lost to. Mentally I can rehabilitate myself with a victory.
“One day I want to be a European or world champion. That is why I became a professional in the first place. But first of all, I have to prove that I am better than my last fight. In order to do so, I need to show a convincing performance against Crespo.”