Sebastian Sylvester Ready For Sturm or Griffin

Sylvester to get world title shot this year: Hurricane Sebastian Sylvester will fight for the world middleweight title before the end of the year. WBA president Gilberto Mendoza confirmed in writing that the 27-year-old will take on the winner of Saturday´s meeting between Felix Sturm and Randy Griffin within the next 120 days. Should Sturm retain his title, the showdown with Sylvester, which has been highly anticipated by German boxing fans, would be official..

“I have worked hard to get that chance,” Sylvester said. “Finally the time is right to fight for the title. I want to become world champion.”

Sylvester became mandatory challenger by impressively knocking out Javier Castillejo in the 12th round of their epic clash in April. Together with manager Winfried Spiering he has just signed a contract extension with Sauerland Event. The European middleweight champion is now curiously awaiting the outcome of Sturm´s fight against Griffin. “It will be a nice opportunity to take a close look at my opponent,” he said. “But whoever wins – he will be in for an even tougher challenge against me.”

Article posted on 01.07.2008

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