#5 IBF Sebastian Sylvester and #10 IBF Lajuan Simon will battle for the vacant #2 IBF middleweight position June 27th in Germany. Both fighters have previously fought for world championships. Sebastian lost a hard fought decision to WBA champion Felix Sturm in November 2008 but he came back in February to knockout Italian contender Gaetano Nespro in the 7th round to capture the vacant IBF International middleweight title and Simon lost a decision to IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham in March. The Sylvester-Simon eliminator is the chief support for the IBF middleweight title contest between champion Arthur Abraham and contender Mahir Oral at the Max Schmeling Hall in Berlin, Germany. The June 27th card is promoted by Sauerland Event.