On Saturday, Jürgen Brähmer (33-2, 27 KOs) will again reach for a world championship belt. Ten months after his first world championship chance against Hugo Hernan Garay, the reigning European light heavyweight champion gets into the ring with unbeaten Pole Aleksy Kuziemski to battle for the WBO interim world belt in Budapest, Hungary. Brähmer spoke to boxing.de.
How’s it going in Budapest?
“I’m hot, more or less like everyone is here in August. But seriously, the mood is good. We have a great hotel, planes fly over and then under the bridge because a Red Bull air show is here on Thursday.”
Why will you win a world championship this time?
“Because in training I worked even harder, and more concentrated. With my trainer Michael Timm, I always do something special. So [I'll win] this time.”
You also said that before the Garay fight…
But at that time during training I sometimes had some other things in my head that interested me more. Now I know how hard I must work for a world title. The defeat has brought me more than a victory would have. I also know that my potential is still upwards. You’ve seen against Kanfouah and surely against Brancalion that I have developed very well in this new weight class, don’t you think? I have the feeling now that I have arrived at light heavyweight.“
You seem looser than ever, more lighthearted that at times in your sometimes shady past. Is this a new Jürgen Brähmer?
“I was always loose, as my friends who really know me already know. Otherwise I enjoy my sport and energetically pursue my goal to become a world champion. I am hotter than ever on boxing. I still have to catch up some years that I have wasted. I don’t feel like I’m 30 years old.”
You can become the next German world champion and form a carpool between Schwerin and Hamburg with the young stable colleague Marcel Meyerdiercks. Together with WBC interim world champion Sebastian Zbik, you are the three best boxers from Schwerin. Who’s coming next?
“If you quite honestly analyze it, there are hardly any good, young German boxers. Currently there are only two German champions with Felix Sturm and Sebastian Zbik. There aren’t any more. Arthur Abraham only came to Germany very late. I often wonder that myself, especially in Schwerin where many hopeful talents have been noticed but then fall by the wayside. There is something wrong in the system. Ask the Amateur Boxing Association. Perhaps get everyone at a round table and work out a solution. Even the professional stables. Because boxing had never had so much attention as now! I hope that everything can be optimized and give the scene a jolt.”