Sauerland to host triple header: Huck v Afolabi, Stieglitz v Groves and Pulev v Dimitrenko

13 Apr

On The Beak – Admin

There are three highlights at Erfurt, Germany’s night of boxing on Saturday, May 5: the WBO cruiserweight championship fight between Marco Huck (34-2-0, 25ko) and Ola Afolabi (19-2-3, 9ko); Robert Stieglitz (41-2-0, 23ko) defending his WBO super middleweight belt against George Groves (14-0-0, 11ko) and Kubrat Pulev (15-0-0, 7ko) against Alexander Dimitrenko (32-1-0, 21ko) for the vacant European heavyweight title.

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Huck to engage Afolabi in rematch. Credit: Andreas Sauer/ Team Sauerland

The fight for the European heavyweight crown promises to be very interesting: “The fight against Alexander Dimitrenko is going to be the toughest of my career to this point,” said the 30-year-old Pulev. “First I want to be the champion of Europe. After that I will start thinking about which Klitschko I want to fight next.”

Conversely, the possibility of a shot against one of the Klitschko brothers is something Dimitrenko has not even thought about: “The only thing on my mind is the fight for the European title in Erfurt. I do not care about what other people are saying. I am taking one step after the other.” The 29-year-old also got himself a new coach in the Brit Scott Welch, to ensure that he will be victorious against Pulev. “We are currently preparing in Aschaffenburg,” admitted the former European champion. “Due to an injury I had to vacate my title. Now I am completely fine and I want to be the champion of Europe once more.”

Also on the card is George Groves who is gunning for his first world title. Unfortunately, the 24-year-old prodigy of coach Adam Booth could not attend the press conference in Erfurt, but Stieglitz is not taking his opponent lightly: “He is a good guy – young and hungry for success. But he hasn’t been in as many fights as I have. I believe that my experience is going to make the difference and give me the advantage for this bout,” stated the 32-year-old.

SES coach Dirk Dzemski is also expecting a victory: “Robert has held his title for three years now. He has every reason to be optimistic when he steps into the ring.”

A title defence against Arthur Abraham is next on the cards. Frederick Ness, general manager of Sauerland Event concluded: “We are happy that Robert Stieglitz is part of the fight card in Erfurt. He is a great athlete. If he should win against Groves, we can all look forward to an all German showdown versus Arthur.”

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