Former European middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester will have his first fight under the guidance of Karsten Rower on February 28 when he takes on Gaetano Nespro for the WBA International middleweight title at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. In the co-featured main event, European super middleweight champion Karo Murat defends against former world champion Cristian Sanavia in a rematch.
It will be the Hurricane´s first appearance since losing a unanimous points decision against WBA Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm. “I am very happy that my promoter Sauerland Event have arranged a title fight straight away,” Sylvester said. “Not only do I have the best memories of Italian opponents but also of Neubrandenburg.”
Last April, Sylvester (29-3, 14 KOs) knocked out Javier Castillejo in spectacular fashion to put himself in a position for a world title fight. “The atmosphere in the Jahnsportforum was great,” he added. “I am thrilled to make my first fight under Karsten Rower in Neubrandenburg. It will be a home match and very special because we are both from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.” Nespro 14-4 (2 KOs) has won ten of his last 11 fights.
Euro supermiddle king Karo Murat (18-0, 11 KOs) will be counting on history to repeat itself. On the same night when Sylvester bested Castillejo, Murat celebrated the biggest success of his career by depriving then-champion Cristian Sanavia (40-4, 12 KOs) of his title. Now the duo will battle out the rematch. “I have beaten him once and I will beat him again,” Karo Murat said. “Since winning the title I have become much stronger.”