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Zbik new WBC middleweight champ
Sergio Martinez status unclear

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Universum Box-Promotion is looking forward to the next world boxing champion in its ranks. On Tuesday night, a letter from WBC President Jose Sulaiman announced that unbeaten Sebastian Zbik (30-0, 10 KOs) is now the new “undisputed” world champion at his weight. Zbik had been the WBC interim titleholder since July 2009, but full champion Martinez never made his mandatory defense. “At last the long wait is over. I’m very happy that I’m now a true world champion,” said Zbik. “I’ve always said that I wanted to fight Martinez. I’ve defended the interim title three times now and haven’t avoided anyone, so I’m glad that the WBC has taken action. I’ve worked six hard years for this day and now the big moment is finally here. It feels great!”

He continued, “It’s an honor for me to wear this belt steeped in tradition and I’m proud to join on the long line of Universum world champions. Now I’m looking forward to my first defense. I want move forward with the WBC, but I can also visualize a title unification. Two middleweight world champions live around the corner with Felix Sturm and Sebastian Sylvester, but both have avoided fighting me. But with this belt, I now have a good argument on my side. Felix Sturm has announced always claimed he’s the best boxer in the division. So why didn’t he box against me instead of “no-names” like Lorenzo and Hearns? These aren’t world-class opponents. The reason can’t be the distance. He knows the route to Hamburg very well.”

Promoter Dietmar Poszwa added, “We’re thankful for this decision of the WBC. Of course, we would have rather won the belt in the ring, but the rules must be followed. Boxing must remain credible. Sebastian has earned the right to wear this great belt. He waited a long time and worked hard for it. He doesn’t fear or avoid any opponent.”

Trainer Artur Grigorian, a former world champion himself, stated, “I’m proud that Sebastian finally has the real belt. He’s my first world champion [as a trainer]. I very happy about his next title defenses. Much thanks to his promoter.”

    January 18th, 2011

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