Sebastian Sylvester (32-3, 15 KOs) will make a first defence of his IBF Middleweight Title on January 30 when he takes on Pablo Navascues (24-1, 16 KOs). The Hurricane returns to the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg where he edged Giovanni Lorenzo on September 19 to win King Arthur Abraham´s vacated title in front of a sell-out crowd of 5,000 enthusiastic fans. “I am looking forward to making my first defence,” Sylvester said. “I expect a tough bout. Navascues is a strong fighter but I will do my best to keep him at bay.”
Sylvester has been training in the East German city of Schwerin under the guidance of coach Karsten Roewer. “We will start sparring in Guestrow on January 3,” Roewer said. “Sebastian has done very well thus far and he can certainly enter the fight with a lot of confidence. But he needs to be on alert – Navascues punches very quickly.”
Added Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer: “That is a great start to the new boxing year. Sebastian has a tough first defence coming up. But with the support of his home fans, who have supported him against Castillejo, Nespro and Lorenzo, he will definitely defend his title.”
It will be a battle of two Hurricanes, with Sylvester and Navascues sharing the same nickname.