Abass Baraou ready for ‘Pitbull’ Juarez Saturday in Hamburg, Germany

German boxing star Abass Baraou (8-0, 5 KOs) and his opponent Abraham Juarez (16-4, 6 KOs) have both made weight ahead of their super welterweight showdown tomorrow at the Work Your Champ Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

Baraou, the reigning WBC International Champion, will be fighting in Hamburg for the first time since winning a bronze medal at the 2017 World Amateur Championships, and will be looking to continue his upward career trajectory in a ten-round clash with the 23-year-old Mexican known as the ‘Pitbull’.

The event is a historic co-promotion between Germany’s two longest standing boxing promoters Team Sauerland and Universum featuring stars from both stable including Danish heavyweight hope Kem Ljungquist (9-0, 5 KOs) who takes on Ukraine’s German Skobenko (5-4-2, 2 KOs in an eight-round contest.

Official weights from Hamburg:

Super Welterweight – 10 Rounds
Abass Baraou: 69.8kg
Abraham Juarez: 69.7kg

IBO International Super Lightweight Title – 10 Rounds
Artem Harutyunyan: 63.5kg
Miguel Cesario Antin: 63.4kg

Light Heavyweight – 8 Rounds
James Kraft: 81kg
Nicolas Holcapfel: 80.8kg

Heavyweight – 6 Rounds
Jose Larduet: 113.5kg
Mariano Ruben Diaz Strunz: 104.5kg

Heavyweight – 8 Rounds
Kem Ljungquist: 106.5kg
German Skobenko: 115kg

Light Heavyweight – 6 Rounds
Leo Cvetkovic: 80.8kg
Hampus Henriksson: 78.5kg

Middleweight – 6 Rounds
Araik Marutjan: 79.5kg
Nikolozi Gviniashvili: 74.8kg

Super Welterweight – 4 Rounds
Ali Dohier: 69.5kg
Giorgi Ungiadze: 71kg


Abass Baraou (8-0, 5 KOs) went head to head with Mexico’s Abraham ‘Pitbull’ Juarez (16-4, 6 KOs) for the first time at today’s press conference ahead of their show topping fight on Saturday January 25th at the Work Your Champ Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

Following a successful 2019 that saw Baraou claim four wins, including a victory over former World Champion Carlos Molina for the WBC International Super Welterweight strap, the undefeated 24-year-old is hoping 2020 will be the year that elevates him closer to a World title shot.

Baraou, who has fond memories of Hamburg having won a bronze medal at the 2017 World Amateur Championships in the city, is hoping to create more history on Saturday night as he aims to triumph over the dangerous Juarez.

“It is very special to fight in Hamburg, since I had one of my biggest successes here a few years ago, when I won the bronze medal at the Amateur World Championships,” said Baraou. “It is an honour for me to fight on this historic event having Germany’s oldest and most historic stables promoting a show together!”

Juarez returns to the ring following a second round KO victory over Arturo Herrera in November, and the 23-year-old is confident of claiming his seventeenth professional victory on Saturday night.

“I came here for the win,” said Juarez. “I have watched a lot of video and I know where Abass’ weaknesses are. I’m ready to go and I can’t wait to return to Mexico as the winner!”

The monumental event will see Germany’s oldest promoters Team Sauerland and Universum co-promote a show for the first time in history and feature stars from both stables.

Team Sauerland’s unbeaten heavyweight prospect Kem Ljungquist (9-0, 5 KOs) features on the bill against Ukraine’s German Skobenko (5-4-2, 2 KOs) alongside IBO International Super Lightweight Champion Artem Harutyunyan (8-0, 5 KOs) who takes on Argentinian Miguel Cesario Antin (19-4, 8 KOs).

All the action from the Work Your Champ Arena will be broadcast live on SPORT1 in Germany and Viaplay in Denmark.