Juergen Braehmer (46-2, 34 KOs) insists he is in peak physical condition ahead of his WBA World Light Heavyweight title defence against Konni Konrad (21-1-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday, September 5 at the EnergieVerbund Arena in Dresden, Germany.
At today’s pre-fight press conference, the evergreen champion revealed his pleasure at a perfect training camp heading in to his fifth successive world title defence.
‘’Before my last fight with Krasniqi, I was sick with the flu,’’ said the 36 year-old southpaw. ‘’But this time, I‘ve had no handicap. My training has gone exactly as planned. I feel stronger than ever and ready to deliver a devastating performance in Dresden!’’
The champion’s words are echoed by the challenger Konrad, who has described himself as being in the ‘’form of his life’’ as he prepares for a second world title attempt.
‘’I feel completely relaxed and prepared for Saturday night,’’ said the 30 year-old from Cologne. ‘’Many people crumble in front of such an opportunity, but I’m different. I’ve done everything possible for this fight, and we have the perfect game plan. Nothing can go wrong!’’
Braehmer’s coach Karsten Roewer is not worried by Konrad’s claims, believing that they will be ready for whatever the challenger has to offer. ‘’Konni has a very different style to Juergen’s previous opponents,’’ says Roewer. ‘’But we have prepared accordingly and I don’t expect any surprises.’’
The WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship contest between Juergen Braehmer and Konnie Konrad headlines a stacked card in the Saxon capital featuring Mateusz Masternak’s WBA Intercontinental Cruiserweight clash with Carlos Nascimento, Noel Gevor’s WBO International Cruiserweight title challenge against Daniel Alejandro Sanabria, and German young guns Stefan Haertel and Leon Bauer. Tickets are available online via www.tickethall.de.
Juergen Braehmer (46-2, 34 KOs) was reunited with former training partner and stable-mate Konni Konrad (22-1, 11 KOs), but far from a meeting between two old friends, the fighters were taking part in a kick-off press conference to announce their WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship fight on September 5 at the EnergieVerbund Arena.
Speaking to the media in attendance Braehmer revealed: ‘’I have known Konni for many years. Not only were we in the same boxing-stable, we also spent a lot of time training together early in our careers.’’ From this familiarity, the 36 year-old southpaw knows not to underestimate the challenger from Cologne. ‘’Konni is a true fighter – someone who will never give up. To win this fight, I will need to stay focused from the first bell to the last.’’
For Konrad, the fight represents a chance of a lifetime. ‘’This is a massive opportunity for me,’’ said the 30 year-old. ‘’Of course many people will say I‘m the underdog and I have no chance, but I intend to prove them wrong.’’ In doing so the challenger hopes to repay the support shown to him by his mentor Felix Sturm. ‘’Felix brought me back to boxing. He believed in me when no one else did. Now, I want to repay him with a great performance and a world championship belt!’’
Tickets for the WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship fight between Juergen Braehmer and Konni Konrad are on sale now and available exclusively via tickethall.de.