By Rich Cheney: Former WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (48-3, 35 KOs) will be fighting this Friday night against undefeated middleweight Rob Brant (22-0, 15 KOs) in the quarterfinals of the World Boxing Super Series tournament at the Sport and Congress center in Schwerin, Germany.
Braehmer, 39, there’s a big difference in age between the German fighter and the 27-year-old Brant. Braehmer, however, has accomplished much more in his 18-year pro career compared to what Brant has done in his short 5-year career. However, Braehmer is not the same fighter he was several years ago, as we saw in his 6th round injury stoppage loss to Nathan Cleverly in his last fight last year on October 1, 2016.
Braehmer has been out of the ring for 12 months, and that’s a long time for someone to be inactive when you’re as old as him.
“Brant has won the Golden Gloves tournament as an amateur and the three other seeded fighters in the World Boxing Super Series, who could choose their opponents, obviously didn’t want him as an opponent. That speaks for itself and I am not taking anything for granted,” said Braehmer. “I feel good, in great shape and I am ready to show that I still have what it takes to be the best. I predict a tough night for Brant.”
“I have never underestimated an opponent and I will not underestimate Brant either,” said 39-year-old Braehmer at Tuesday’s public workout in Schwerin.
Braehmer has the hometown advantage in this fight for what it’s worth. Now it’s up to Braehmer to show that he has enough left in the tank to do something about it.
“You can really feel that people are looking forward to the fight and the event. The expectations are great. I am glad that we could get an international format like the World Boxing Super Series to Schwerin. This city loves boxing!” said Braehmer.
The southpaw Braehmer has the size, power and boxing skills to win this fight if he can disarm Brants skills to force him to fight on the outside all night long. That’s not a style that woill work for Brant.
Braehmer is moving down from 175 to take this fight at super middleweight. It’ll be interesting to see if Braehmer is strong at super middleweight or drained.
“You can really feel the interest for the fight in this beautiful city. I will disappoint a lot of people because I am here to beat Braehmer. I don’t like to look beyond any opponent, but I strongly believe that I can win the super middleweight division of the World Boxing Super Series and take home the Muhammad Ali Trophy,” said Brant.