Germany’s Markus Beyer, former three-time world super middleweight champion, has accepted an invitation for the WBF World Convention and thus joins ex-light heavyweight champ Donny ‘Golden Boy’ Lalonde of Canada as guests of honour.
The convention, of course, takes place from Sept. 5 – 8 in Saarbruecken, Germany and is highlighted by a huge championship boxing event staged in association with DOG Event Boxing.
Former Olympian Beyer, nicknamed ‘Boom Boom’, first became world champion in 1999, when he ventured to England to relieve defending titlist Richie Woodhall surprisingly of his belt by a unanimous decision. However, about half a year later in his second defence, another Brit, Glenn Catley, stopped Beyer in the ultimate round, when the German was just two minutes away from retaining his title.
But southpaw Beyer was far from being done. Three years and nine wins later he had regained his world crown, this time taking the title off Canadian defending champion Eric Lucas. Again, though, his reign proved a rather short one, because after retaining against Danny Green and André Thysse, Beyer lost a rather surprising split decision to Cristian Sanavia. In the immediate rematch four months later (Oct. 2004), the now 42-year-old Beyer became the first ever German fighter to win a world title three times by knocking Sanavia clean out in six rounds.
Markus proceeded to retain his title a further five times, against notable challengers such as Green again and Sakio Bika, until running into fellow champion Mikkel Kessler in a unification fight, which the Dane won in three rounds. Injuries kept Beyer from making yet another run and after a farewell win in 2008, he called it a day and retired as one of the most successful German boxers of all time.
“I am delighted to be invited to the WBF Convention and look forward to meet Donny Lalonde there, whom I watched fight many times on television,” said Markus Beyer. “I followed the many fights closely which the WBF had here in Germany and the way they go about business is a great credit to our sport. So obviously, I’m happy to give my support!.”