It was a slow, slow weekend for boxing as fans know, yet over in the somewhat unlikely setting of Switzerland, an unbeaten heavyweight scored a win that just might suggest he is worth keeping an eye on. In a fight that flew very much under the radar outside of Switzerland, unbeaten German heavyweight Erkan Teper scored the biggest win of his three-year pro career last night in Basel, as he scored a 1st-round TKO over the seasoned and well travelled Michael Sprott.
31-year-old, 6’5” Teper scored with a right hand and Sprott was unable to recover. Improving to 11-0(7), Teper might have moved himself into position for some bigger fights. 38-year-old Sprott is now 37-21(17) and loser of six of his last seven outings. This could well be the end for the former British and Commonwealth champion. Continue reading
On Friday (September 14th, live on Eurosport 21.00h / 9pm Central European time) heavyweight contenders Timo Hoffmann, Steffen Kretschmann, Erkan Teper and Gbenga Oloukun will go to work in Halle / Saale. At today’s weigh-in all “four muscleteers“ presented themselves in great shape.
Kretschmann was the lightest of the four, weighing in at 103.4 kg / 228 lbs. while his opponent Hoffmann broght 115.0 kg / 253.5 lbs to the scale. This is Hoffmann’s lightest weight since 2004 when he knocked out Quinne Navarre in two. There’s a lot on the line between Kretschmann and Hoffmann. The winner of this local derby should be able to secure some more big and lucrative fights while the loser might as well call it a day and retire.
In the co-feature unbeaten German prospect Erkan Teper (111.1 kg / 245 lbs.) takes on hard-hitting Nigerian Gbenga Oloukun (107.0 kg / 236 lbs.). Continue reading
Fans of German heavyweight boxing should take a close look at Halle (Saale) this Friday (September 14th) or follow the action live on Eurosport (starting at 21.00h / 9pm Central European time). Ring veteran Timo Hoffmann (aka the „German Oak“) takes on local rival and former amateur standout Steffen Kretschmann in a fight which could easily end the loser’s career. At age 37, it seems to be Hoffmann’s last chance to get himself in position for bigger and more lucrative fights. Kretschmann on the other hand needs a clear victory as well after losing twice to Russian powerhouse Denis Bakhtov and basically disappearing from the heavyweight scene for the last two years. Continue reading