Team Sauerland Inks New Television Partnership with SAT.1

Team Sauerland is proud to announce SAT.1 as its new German television partner. SAT.1 will broadcast all Team Sauerland events, beginning in 2015. The deal between both parties was signed today in Berlin, prior to a press conference at the city’s famous Hotel Adlon, attended by the stable’s star boxers and media representatives from around the world.

Kalle Sauerland: “We are very happy to have found a new and accomplished television partner for the German market. There are exciting times ahead!”

Zeljko Karajica (CEO ProSiebenSat.1): ‘’This collaboration is a milestone for boxing in Germany. With this deal, SAT.1 will become the leading television channel for boxing in Germany. Together with Team Sauerland, Felix Sturm and SES Boxing we will stage superb events, which will set a new standard.”

The deal between Team Sauerland and SAT.1 will not only include the presentation of world champions such as Arthur Abraham, Juergen Braehmer, Marco Huck and Yoan Pablo Hernandez but also up and coming talents, including Jack Culcay, Stefan Haertel, Noel Gevor, Vincent Feigenbutz, Enrico Koelling and Tyron Zeuge. Said Kalle Sauerland: “This was one of the major factors in our negotiations with SAT.1. We not only want to show the best but also our young fighters on their way to the top. That is and will always be our concept.”

Frederick Ness (CEO Sauerland Event): ‘’SAT.1 will provide a perfect platform for our young, talented stable of boxers. They are the stars of tomorrow and with the help of SAT.1, German boxing fans will be able to follow their journey as they endeavour to become the next generation of world champions.’’

The new partnership with SAT.1 represents a break for Team Sauerland with current broadcaster ARD. Said Kalle Sauerland: “We want to thank everybody at ARD for a long and successful collaboration. This was not an easy step as ARD want to continue to broadcast boxing. But the show must go on and we are excited to ring in a new era with ProSiebenSat.1. Boxing in Germany will be bigger than ever!”

Alongside the presentation of eight boxing events a year showcasing Team Sauerland’s German fighters, SAT.1 will also broadcast the stable’s international stars including Mikkel Kessler, Cecilia Brækhus, Erik Skoglund, George Groves and David Price live on German television. There are also plans to found a 24/7 boxing channel by ProSiebenSat.1.

Amateur Standout Stefan Haertel Makes Professional Debut August

German amateur star Stefan Haertel will make his professional debut onAugust 16. The 26 year-old, who signed a long-term contract with Team Sauerland in May, will face Oleg Fedotovs (18-14, 12 KOs) at the Erfurt Exhibition Hall in Thuringia, Germany.

 

‘’After many successful years as an amateur I am looking forward to this new challenge,’’ said the Berlin-based Haertel. ‘’It has been six months since my last competitive fight and I can’t wait to get back into the ring, shake of the rust and show everyone what I am capable of.’’

 

Haertel, who is training with renowned German coach Karsten Roewer, will be campaigning at Super Middleweight, joining Sauerland stable mates Arthur Abraham, Mikkel Kessler and George Groves in the hotly contested division.

 

‘’Super Middleweight is currently one of the most exciting divisions in the world,’’ said Sauerland Event CEO Chris Meyer. ‘’We believe Stefan has the ability to go right the way to the top. That is why we are matching him with such an experienced opponent in his first professional fight.’’

 

Fedotovs certainly has experience on his side. The Latvian has completed 32 fights in a career spanning almost 10 years. Despite his opponents superior experience Haertel remains unperturbed and ready for whatever challenges come his way.

 

‘’When I step into the ring I come to win, no matter who is put in front of me,’’ said the debutant. ‘’My goal is to become world champion and to do that I must beat everyone starting with Fedotovs.’’

 

Haertel transition into the paid ranks has been helped by the presence of old friends Enrico Koelling (WBA Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Champion) and Tyron Zeuge (WBO Youth Super Middleweight Champion), who alongside WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Juergen Braehmer train together under the guidance of Karsten Roewer.

 

‘’I got a very warm welcome from my friends Enrico Koelling and Tyron Zeuge,’’ said Haertel. ‘’I know them well from the amateurs and they have made it easy for me to integrate into the training sessions with Karsten Roewer.’’ Haertel will be looking to follow in the footsteps of his training partners, starting with victory at the Erfurt Exhibition Hall.

 

In the evening’s main event IBF World Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez defends his title against former World Champion Firat Arslan. Tickets are available via eventim.de.

George Groves Inks with Team Sauerland

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Team Sauerland are proud to announce the signing of George Groves (19-1, 15 KOs). The 26 year-old super middleweight star has put pen to paper and signed a long term promotional contract with Europe’s leading boxing promoter ahead of his Wembley Stadium mega-fight with Carl Froch for the WBA and IBF World Super Middleweight Titles.

‘’I am extremely pleased to have signed with Team Sauerland,’’ said Groves. ‘’I have boxed on their shows in the past and have known Kalle and Nisse (Sauerland) for years. The shows they put on in Europe are phenomenal. This is definitely a step in the right direction for me as I look to build my name not only across Europe but all around the world. I feel that now I have the right team in place to help me achieve everything I need to in boxing.’’

Said promoter Kalle Sauerland: ‘’We are proud to have won the race for George’s signature and look forward to guiding one of the most exciting talents on the planet. We are sure that George will write boxing history and delighted that we will be a part of the journey on a personal and business level.’’

Groves joins Team Sauerland’s stable of champions which includes former five-time world champion Mikkel Kessler, WBO Super Middleweight Champion Arthur Abraham, WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck, IBF Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez, WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Juergen Braehmer and British heavyweight star David Price.
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