Braehmer: “Krasniqi is a Young Ambitious Fighter Who Wants to Take My Title, But That’s Not Happening”

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‘Mission Impossible’ or ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’, these are the two opposing views shared at today’s final press conference ahead of Saturday night’s WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship fight between Juergen Braehmer (45-2, 33 KOs) and Robin Krasniqi (43-3, 16 KOs) at the StadtHalle in Rostock, Germany.
 
Kicking-off proceedings at the Fischland Hotel, promoter Kalle Sauerland expressed his excitement at the all-German duel. ‘’On Saturday night we have the champion versus the number one ranked challenger,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’This is what boxing is all about – the best fighting the best!’’
 
Despite his high expectations, the promoter made clear his prediction for the outcome of the fight. ‘’I’ve seen that Krasniqi’s team has the slogan ‘Mission World Champion’ on their cars. I regret to inform them that it is ‘Mission Impossible’. Juergen is going to win!’’
 
Braehmer, who will be making a fourth defence of his WBA strap, shares his promoter’s confidence. ‘’Krasniqi is a young ambitious fighter who wants to take my title away from me. But that’s not going to happen,’’ said the 36 year-old southpaw. ‘’As always, I will defeat my opponent and retain my title.’’ 
 
The champion’s last defence lasted just 55 seconds, with a vicious body shot ending Pawel Glazewski’s world title ambitions in record time. As the Schwerin-fighter prepares for his next challenge, he refuses to rule out the possibility of another early stoppage. ‘’Sometimes a single punch is all it takes,’’ reflects Braehmer. ‘’Whether this comes in the first round or twelfth round, it’s impossible to predict at this level. But when the opportunity does comes, I will take it!’’
 
However, the challenger Krasniqi has not come to Rostock to lie down. The 27 year-old believes he is ready to dethrone his German compatriot and take his place at the top of the light heavyweight division. ‘’This is the most important fight of my life. A win on Saturday would change everything for me,’’ said Krasniqi, who enters his second world championship fight following an unsuccessful attempt at Nathan Cleverly’s WBO belt in 2013. ‘’That opportunity may have come to soon for me,’’ admits the Munich-fighter. ‘’But now, I’m ready!’’
 
Krasniqi’s manager Ulf Steinforth is backing his man to cause an upset on Saturday night. ‘’As a manager it is my job to get my boxers in a position to challenge for world titles – everything else is up to them,’’ said Steinforth. ‘’I am convinced that Robin will rock Rostock and bring the world title home.’’
 
The Moment of Truth: Braehmer vs. Krasniqi is available to watch live on SAT.1 in Germany and Sky Sports in the UK.  

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Juergen Braehmer, Robin Krasniqi
Photo Credits: Sebastian Heger

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Kalle Sauerland

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Juergen Braehmer

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Robin Krasniqi

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Juergen Braehmer, Robin Krasniqi

Team Sauerland & Matchroom Boxing Agree Agree to TV Rights Deal

Team Sauerland and Matchroom Boxing have agreed an historic TV rights deal to share their big fight nights.

The fantastic deal for fight fans will see 12 World title fights in Germany broadcast live on Sky Sports and on the Matchroom Fight Pass, with their Nordic Fight Night series also shown on the Fight Pass, Matchroom’s 20 shows on Sky Sports can be broadcast by the ProSiebenSat.1 media group in Germany on either SAT.1 television or its online platforms ran.de and maxdome.de, with Juergen Brahmer’s WBA World Light Heavyweight title clash with Robin Krasniqi on March 21 in Rostock the first to be aired. In addition to the deal, Matchroom and Sauerland will also have the opportunity to place their fighters on international cards.

UK fight fans will get up close and personal with the likes of Brahmer, WBO Super Middleweight World champion Arthur Abraham, IBF Cruiserweight king Yoan Pablo Hernandez and rising stars such as Patrick and Micki Nielsen, Vincent Feigenbutz, Erik Skoglund and Jack Culcay. German fight fans will get to see international superstars in action like IBF World Welterweight champion Kell Brook, Super Middleweight World title challenger James DeGale MBE, WBA World champions Scott Quigg and Jamie McDonnell, Tony Bellew, Nathan Cleverly, former two-weight World champion Ricky Burns, WBC Featherweight World title challenger Lee Selby and Olympic Gold medal heroes Anthony Joshua MBE and Luke Campbell MBE.

“I’m delighted to get this done and be working closely with Kalle, Nisse and Team Sauerland,” said Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn.

“We will be able to place quality World Championship boxing on both Sky Sports and the Matchroom Fight Pass platforms giving fight fans to many of the biggest shows across Europe. In addition, we now have the ability to add our talent to these shows and allow our young talent to grow and develop and experience new surroundings. It’s a win-win for everybody.”

“This is a historic collaboration, in which there are only winners,” said Kalle Sauerland. “The fans in Germany can now enjoy regular international class fights on SAT.1 and their online platforms. In addition, the deal guarantees our boxers maximum exposure in the UK market. There, superstars are made.”

His brother Nisse Sauerland adds: “We will work closely together to enable our young stars to gain early important international experience. This cooperation is a milestone in the international market.”

Sauerland and Matchroom has long been working closely together. In May 2013, it hosted the mega-battle between Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler in the sold-out O2 Arena in London. Froch and George Groves broke records in their World title rematch in front of over 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, and first Sauerland Event in England in September 2014 was also supported by Matchroom. Saturday night saw another collaboration between the promoters as Paul Smith fell to ‘King’ Arthur Abraham in their World title rematch in Berlin.

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