Ulli Wegner’s eagerness to succeed has not waned just yet. The 71-year-old signed a contract extension with Team Sauerland on Tuesday, which binds him until early 2016. Wegner lead fighters like Sven Ottke, Markus Beyer, Arthur Abraham, Marco Huck, Yoan Pablo Hernandez and Cecilia Braekhus to world title honors after joining the professional ranks in 1996.
“I want to provide clarity, especially to my prodigies,” said the man who was named German “Trainer of the Year” annually for the last decade. “I want to point the way that I am far from done working as a corner man – I have still a lot to give and will lead them to success.” Continue reading
(Picture: Winfried Mausolf) This is a first! Since last Saturday, Coach Ulli Wegner has four world champions in his training group. Arthur Abraham´s successful bid for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Super-Middleweight Championship at the o2 World Berlin, Germany, added a record winning fourth belt to the already existing three champions Cecilia Breakhus (WBC-, WBA-, and WBO- Welterweight Champion), Marco Huck (WBO Cruiserweight Champion) and Yoan Pablo Hernandez (International Boxing Federation (IBF) Cruiserweight Champion). All won under Wegner´s guidance.
Never before has a German boxing coach been that successful at the age of 70. For Wegner, who has been in this business for 41 years, it is a real highlight in his illustrious career. But if it is up to the trainer himself, voted coach of the year nine times in a row by “BoxSport” magazine, there are still a few titles to come. “In Dominik Britsch, Robert Helenius, Eduard Gutknecht and Karo Murat I have some more potential world beaters in my group,” said Wegner.
The secret of his success: He is able to get his prodigies to perform at the top of their game when it matters. “It is also important to be highly organized,” according to the coach. “When you have a lot of top-notch athletes in preparation for their next fights, you need a team around you, you can trust. I have such a team in my assistant coach Georg Bramowski and our Physiotherapist Ralf Lewandowski who support me where they can.” Continue reading