Former WBO heavyweight and current NABA heavyweight champion “Relentless” Lamon Brewster has signed a deal with German-based promotional outfit Sauerland Event. Brewster (34-4, 30 KOs) will fight in the co-featured slot of IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham’s world title defense against Lajuan Simon on March 14 at the Ostseehalle in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. His opponent will be former British heavyweight champion Michael Sprott (31-12, 16 KOs) of Reading, England. Sprott, age 34, became the first man to knock out Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison in 2007, accomplishing the feat in three rounds. He also holds wins over notable contenders Danny Williams and Timo Hoffman.
“I’m ready for this fight,” said Brewster, a native of Indianapolis who now lives in Los Angeles, California. “This fight will be the first time that the world will get to see the real Lamon Brewster. After the death of my trainer Bill Slayton, it took me a long time to mentally regain my freedom. The world hasn’t yet seen what I can do. I can sit here and tell you all day but seeing is believing.”
Lamon Brewster, age 35, won the heavyweight title when he knocked out Wladimir Klitschko in five rounds in 2004. Brewster made three successful defenses before dropping a decision to Sergei Lyakhovich. In his last fight, Brewster knocked out Danny Batchelder in five rounds this past August.
Sauerland Event has guided the careers of world champions Henry Maske, Sven Ottke, Nicolay Valuev among others.
“I signed with Wilfried Sauerland because I had the pleasure of meeting him before and he’s one of the fairest promoters around boxing,” Brewster said. “If you ask around boxing, you don’t have anyone saying ‘Oh, he stole this from me.’ I’m a Midwest boy with Southern ways. He just seemed like the type of guy that I could do business with because he won’t be out to nickel and dime me.”
Brewster says that after three fights, he will be ready for the rubber match with Wladimir Klitschko. Klitschko won a rematch in 2007 when Brewster was recovering from a detached retina and a 15-month layoff. The first time they fought, Brewster had been off for 13 months. Brewster wants to find out what happens when they fight without a layoff.
“I had spent six months out of fifteen months laying face down before I fought him. I was at the point where I couldn’t even hold my child. I wasn’t right but I did the best I could. Because I knocked him out before I thought I had a chance but that was a lot of rust for me to shake. He knew the only chance he had to beat me was if I was coming off an injury and a layoff. But I’m right now and I’m taking on all comers. I’m knocking out everyone who steps in the ring with me.
“Anybody with a world title who isn’t scared to fight me, come get it.”