Juergen Braehmer and Konni Konrad Reunite Ahead of WBA World Title Tilt

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Today in Dresden, Juergen Braehmer (46-2, 34 KOs) was reunited with former training partner and stable-mate Konni Konrad (22-1, 11 KOs), but far from a meeting between two old friends, the fighters were taking part in a kick-off press conference to announce their WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship fight on September 5 at the EnergieVerbund Arena.

Speaking to the media in attendance Braehmer revealed: ‘’I have known Konni for many years. Not only were we in the same boxing-stable, we also spent a lot of time training together early in our careers.’’ From this familiarity, the 36 year-old southpaw knows not to underestimate the challenger from Cologne. ‘’Konni is a true fighter – someone who will never give up. To win this fight, I will need to stay focused from the first bell to the last.’’

For Konrad, the fight represents a chance of a lifetime. ‘’This is a massive opportunity for me,’’ said the 30 year-old. ‘’Of course many people will say I‘m the underdog and I have no chance, but I intend to prove them wrong.’’ In doing so the challenger hopes to repay the support shown to him by his mentor Felix Sturm. ‘’Felix brought me back to boxing. He believed in me when no one else did. Now, I want to repay him with a great performance and a world championship belt!’’

Tickets for the WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship fight between Juergen Braehmer and Konni Konrad are on sale now and available exclusively via tickethall.de.

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Juergen Braehmer, Konni Konrad
Photo Credit: Team Sauerland

Juergen Braehmer Defends Title vs Konni Konrad Sept. 5th in Dresden

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Juergen Braehmer (46-2, 34 KOs) will defend his WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship against Konni Konrad (21-1-1, 11 KOs) on September 5 in Dresden.

Ahead of his fifth successive world title defence, the 36 year-old two-time world champion is relishing a return to the Saxon capital. ‘’I have good memories from fighting in Dresden,’’ said Braehmer. ‘’It was here that I came back from my first world title defeat to claim the European strap in 2009. The city has not seen much boxing since then, but now I’m returning as world champion, and ready to change that!’’

For the challenger, the fight at the EnergieVerbund-Arena offers him the chance of a lifetime. Konrad was a young aspiring boxer who following a narrow points defeat to Denis Inkin retired in 2006. In the following years he worked as a dustman, but despite his change of circumstance, the dream of becoming World Champion never left him.

Thanks to Felix Sturm, in 2012 he was given a second chance to achieve his dream. Returning to the ring, the fighter from Cologne began to climb back up the rankings, claiming the WBA International title and eventually earning himself a shot at Braehmer’s crown.

‘’Konnie was on his way to the top when he lost everything,’’ said promoter Kalle Sauerland. ‘’He has since proved his fighting spirit by working his way back up the rankings and back into position to challenge for the world title. Certainly Juergen is favourite, but I expect Konnie to push him to the limit and do everything he can to take his belt!’’

The experienced champion will take no notice of Konrad’s underdog status. Braehmer is aware of the threat he poses and is unwilling to underestimate his September 5 opponent. ‘’As a world champion you cannot afford to underestimate anyone,’’ said the Schwerin-southpaw. ‘’If you do your title will soon be gone. Konrad is strong boxer with a lot of heart, but with the right game plan I’m sure I will beat him.’’

Tickets for the WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship fight between Juergen Braehmer and Konni Konrad are on sale now and available via tickethall.de.

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Juergen Braehmer
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Braehmer vs. Krasniqi: Tale of the Tape

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Juergen Braehmer, Robin Krasniqi
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On Saturday night, Juergen Braehmer (45-2, 33 KOs) defends his WBA World Light Heavyweight title against Robin Krasniqi (43-3, 16 KOs) at the StadtHalle in Rostock. Ahead of the all-German world championship duel we take a look at how the two fighters measure up. The Moment of Truth: Braehmer vs. Krasniqi is available to watch live on SAT.1 in Germany and Sky Sports in the UK.