Juergen Braehmer (41-2, 31 KOs) is ready to impress. Since weeks, the southpaw is in intense preparation for the big task ahead of him. On December 14, Braehmer wants to make himself the biggest gift as he tries to again become a world champion at light heavyweight. In Neubrandenburg, Germany the 35-year-old will go toe-to-toe with Marcus Oliveira (25-0-1, 20 KOs) with the vacant WBA World Title on the line.
Since Monday, Braehmer and his coach Karsten Roewer have relocated to a remote training facility in the northern part of Germany for the final weeks of sparring. Roewer is delighted in reference to his prodigy's shape: "It's stunning how Juergen performs at the moment. We already had to send home a bunch of sparring partners before moving here."
Against Don King-promoted Marcus Oliveira, Braehmer wants to become a World Champion for a second time in the professional ranks. Apropos: In 1996, Braehmer won the Junior World Championships in Havana, Cuba with Roewer in his corner. "This should be a good omen for December 14," said the man from Schwerin. Thanks to his popularity, the Jahnsportforum is close of being sold-out.
Promoter Kalle Sauerland: "Braehmer's progress this year is sensational to say the least. I feel certain that he is going to beat Oliveira and crown himself a world champion again!"
Still, Braehmer will be on his own inside the ring when he might face the biggest challenge of his career in Marcus Oliveira (34). The Native American holds an unbeaten record, having finished nearly 77 percent of his opponents early.
Sauerland prognosticates: "This is going to be a fight on a level playing field, a thrilling fistic affair and a match-up you should not miss!"
German "Bomber" Serdar Sahin (22-1) will travel to Walcz (Poland) on December 14th to challenger unbeaten local hero Krysztof Glowacki (20-0) for the vacant WBO intercontinental cruiserweight championship. "I know that it is always hard to win on the road. But I like challenges and this is my big chance to get in line for a world title fight against Marco Huck", says Sahin. "I will do whatever it takes to beat Glowacki. I have seen some of his fights. He's a decent boxer but nothing too special. I think I have a decent chance of winning this fight."
Sahin has a history of winning fights he wasn't supposed to win. In 2009 the "Bomber" stopped local hero Mario Stein in the tenth and final round in Erfurt to win the German cruiserweight championship. In 2010 Sahin stopped unbeaten German prospect Lukas Schulz in the sixth in Herning, Denmark. His sole loss came in August 2012 when he dropped down to light heavyweight to fight Robin Krasniqi for the WBO intercontinental championship. "I made some big mistakes in and before that fight", admits Sahin. "But I learned a lot from the experience. And I think that the loss only made me stronger. Now I am back at cruiserweight and ready for big things to come."
A couple of weeks ago Sahin suffered a rib injury in sparring which put the showdown against Glowacki in jeopardy. "But I feel no pain at the moment", says the 31-year-old. "Training camp is going extremely well. I have no problems. And I am getting ready for war on December 14th. The show will take place in Walcz which is only 300 kilometers from Berlin so I hope that lots of my friends will join and support me."
Due to visa issues with Phillipines Rocky Fuentes and Mark Acub, the card Noche de Campeones DIRECTV that it supposed to be held on Saturday, December 7, at the Humacao Arena in Humacao, Puerto Rico, was postponed for January 25, 2014.
Peter Rivera, Vicepresident of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) said that for the problems in Phillippines after the devastation caused by the Typhoon Haiyan, Fuentes (rival of McWilliams Arroyo) and Acub (foe of Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez) will not get their visas on time to fly to Puerto Rico.
“The issue is that two fighters of the main bouts won’t be in Puerto Rico in time because the interviews for the visa are delayed in Phillippines and the fight between McWilliams Arroyo and Rocky Fuentes is an eliminatory for the #1 in the IBF rankings, and we can’t change this bout. So, we postponed the card to January 25, 2014, when we will present the same show that has been announced”, Rivera said.
Headlining the show, the 2009 Amateur World Champion and 2008 Olympian, McWilliams Arroyo (14-1, 12 KOs), will face Fuentes (35-6-2, 20 KOs), in an International Boxing Federation (IBF) eliminatory flyweight fight for the #1 ranking spot. McWilliams twin brother, McJoe Arroyo (13-0, 7 KOs), a 2008 Olympian and 2007 Amateur World Championship bronze medalist, will fight in an IBF eliminatory bout for the #2 place in the superflyweight rankings, against Dominican Eliezer Aquino (15-0-1, 9 KOs). In the lightweight division contender Chelo Gonzalez (22-1, 17 KOs) will face Mark Acub (13-0, 10 KOs) for an IBF regional title in a fight scheduled to 10 rounds.
Also in action, Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (20-2, 16 KOs) in a lightweight 8 round fight; prospect John Karl Sosa (8-0, 6 KOs) in a bout scheduled to six rounds in the junior welterweight division; Bernard “Bimbo” Lebron (2-0, 2 KOs) in a 4 round fight in the lightweights and debutant Jose Lopez in a 4 round fight in the junior lightweight division.