The new opponent for WBO world champion Robert Stieglitz (39-2, 23 KOs) in his upcoming title defense is a very dangerous fighter. After the cancellation of the unification duel against WBA champion Dimitri Sartison due to injury, the SES champion Stieglitz will now face the southpaw contender Khoren Gevor (31-5, 16 KOs). “We were very lucky in finding a new opponent on such short notice,” promotor Ulf Steinforth said. The Armenian born and WBO# 11 rated Gevor was originally scheduled to fight against the current European champion Matthew Macklin on April 16 in Manchester in a WBA eliminator fight. But Macklin had called off the battle at the beginning of last week. “Khoren Gevor is in full training and prepared for the 12 rounds,” Steinforth added.
For the past five years the 31 year old Gevor has been in top rankings. In 2007 he bravely fought against Arthur Abraham in a fight for the IBF middleweight world championship and lost by a surprising knockout in round eleven. Up til that moment he was slightly ahead on the scorecards. Another close fight was the battle against Felix Sturm in 2009 at the Nürburgring when the decision win for Sturm was highly discussed. These comparisons are making the upcoming fight highly interesting. Felix Sturm had recently said that he could imagine a possible challenge with Robert Stieglitz.
“I have only fought twice against a southpaw. That were Karoly Balzsay and Yuri Barashian. Both fights were very hard but I have defeated them both. I will also be the winner after the fight against Khoren Gevor though I haven’t got a tactical guideline for him yet. But I still have some days left,” world champion Robert Stieglitz commented. His trainer Dirk Dzemski was a southpaw during his boxing career so he can be very helpful and prepare Stieglitz for this upcoming challenge.
The challenger will arrive in Magdeburg today and will be present at the press conference on Monday (at 11:30 am, Modehaus Papenbreer, Breiter Weg 126, 39104 Magdeburg). Also in action will be female world champion Ramona Kühne, who will be defending her WIBF, WBO and WBF super featherweight titles against Michelle Larissa Bonassoli. SAT.1 “ranboxen” will televise live from the Magdeburger Bördelandhalle on April 9.