By Jake Donovan - Dating back to Sergey Kovalev’s most recent ring performance in late March, there is a lot of activity at the top level of the light heavyweight division in a span of just under two months. Kovalev is fresh off of a dominant knockout performance over Cedric Agnew.
Bernard Hopkins and Beibut Shumenov are set to square off in an alphabet unification bout on April 19. The winner is likely next in line for a crack at lineal light heavyweight king Adonis Stevenson, providing he gets past Andrzej Fonfara in May.
And then there’s Juergen Braehmer.
The 35-year old has been steadily climbing the light heavyweight ranks, but still managing to fly under the radar. Part of that comes from fighting exclusively out of his native Germany, which leaves him largely out of the global spotlight currently enjoyed by his aforementioned divisional peers.
Steps are being taken to change all of that.
A career-best win came in his last fight, a dominant unanimous decision over Marcus Oliveira in their vacant title fight last December. The opportunity came due to the inactivity of Shumenov, although – ironically- both wound up fighting for different variations of the same title on the same night.
The win over Oliveira was considered a minor upset though a win that makes sense in retrospect. Now comes the fun part, where Braehmer gets to bring some much needed notoriety to his career. His first title defense comes this Saturday, as he faces former cruiserweight champ Enzo Maccarinelli in Rostock, Germany. [Click Here To Read More