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Jürgen Brähmer Presser
WBO champ talks about unification clash

Photos: André Latendorf

Universum Box-Promotion will kick-off 2011 with a historic unification clash between WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) and WBA light heavyweight king Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 6 KOs) on January 8th in Shymkent Kazakhstan. Today Brähmer, his trainer Michael Timm and promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl spoke to the press for the first time about the fight at a press conference in Hamburg. Universum Box-Promotion will kick-off 2011 with a historic unification clash between WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) and WBA light heavyweight king Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 6 KOs) on January 8th in Shymkent Kazakhstan. Today Brähmer, his trainer Michael Timm and promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl spoke to the press for the first time about the fight at a press conference in Hamburg.

Universum Promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl: “It is only the second title unification for men in Universum’s history since the Tiger’s fight in 1997 against Virgil Hill. This fight will write German boxing history as for the first time a German professional boxer can unite two world championship belts in a foreign country. We are also very proud and happy that once again one of our boxers can win the WBA belt that Dariusz [Michelczewski] had already won against Hill. This shows how special this fight is. Schumenov is a strong man and we expect a very close fight. Once in a while you are able to make these unification fights and not just talk about it.

We are looking forward to Kazakhstan. We’ve had Vitali Tajbert, Dimitri Sartison, Ina Menzer and Gennady Golovkin, four Kazakh boxers with Kazakh roots, that have become world champion. So we are highly positive about the whole country. We’re looking forward to going to Kazakhstan and the hospitality that should prevail there. We would also like to promote fights in Germany or the United States, but a unification requires a certain budget so that the boxers accept. This was the only way this fight was viable with these partners.

WBO light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer: “This is the biggest adventure of my boxing career. I had my first adventure in 1996 by winning the junior world championships in Cuba. This feels similar to that. I’m sure it’ll be a very exciting fight. I am very happy to get in the ring with Shumenov and return to Germany with his belt. I’ve studied some video on him, but not too much. I want to force my fight style upon him, so I don’t need to see so much of my opponents. This is also the job of the trainers, since they have nothing else to do. The Christmas holidays will fall out for me this year, but honestly I’m not so hot on dull family celebrations anyway.”

Michael Timm: “Jürgen has already been on full throttle for weeks. He never stops training between fights. The sparring is going very well. We’ll be happy if we can depart for Kazakhstan on January 1st. Jürgen will miss some of the Christmas holidays, but he has said he’s OK with that. I’ve been impressed with the energy he has nowadays. As far as boxing abroad, all I can say is the fact that Jürgen has already coped with one or two difficulties in his life, also out of the ring. So I’m not worried. On the contrary: Jürgen even needs this challenge.”

    December 16th, 2010

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