March 12: Braehmer vs. Oosthuizen

By Brian Mazique on January 25, 2016
March 12: Braehmer vs. Oosthuizen
“His height doesn’t bother me. I have always done well against taller opponents.” (DPA)

On Saturday, March 12, Juergen Braehmer will defend his WBA light heavyweight title against Thomas Oosthuizen…

On Saturday, March 12, at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany, WBA light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (47-2, 35 KOs) will defend his title against Thomas “Tommy Gun” Oosthuizen (25-0-2, 14 KOs) .

The fight was originally set to take place in November 2015 in Monaco, but Braehmer injured his hand, which led to the first fight’s postponement.

The German-born champion is however happy to have the bout take place in his home country.

“Neubrandenburg holds a very special place in my heart,” he said. “It was here that I beat Marcus Oliveira to become world champion for a second time. So of course I’m looking forward to returning to the Jahnsportforum and successfully defending my title against Oosthuizen.”  Thirty-seven-year-old Braehmer is giving up 10 years to the South African challenger. Oosthuizen has never officially taken a loss, but he was involved in a controversial draw against Brandon Gonzales in June 2013.

Since then, the 27-year-old has won four in a row. Most recently he beat Robert Berridge via unanimous decision in June 2015. When he finally steps in the ring on March 12, it will be after a nine-month layoff.

“It is great news that the fight is going ahead,” he said. “Let’s hope Braehmer doesn’t come up with another excuse not to fight me! I’m definitely going to cash in on my skill, speed, youth, power and agility to win the fight. I’ll put him away for sure. You’ll hear nothing from the scorecards.”

Oosthuizen won’t just have the advantage of youth. He’s also 4½” inches taller than the champion with a 6½” advantage in reach. Braehmer insists this won’t be an impossible impediment to overcome.

“His height doesn’t bother me. I have always done well against taller opponents,” says Braehmer. “Enzo Maccarinelli was a similar size and I stopped him inside the distance. Regardless of his size, whether by KO or points—I will be sending the South African home empty-handed.”

Braehmer’s last fight was in September 2015. He forced Konni Konrad to retire in the ninth round. It was his third consecutive win by stoppage.

The champion should have the advantage in power. He’s compiled a 71 percent KO percentage in his career compared to 52 percent for the challenger. It would appear Oosthuizen will want to keep his opponent on the end of his jab most of the night if he hopes to dethrone the champion.  The veteran Braehmer will likely do his best work on the inside as he attempts to chop down the long opponent. The clash of styles and physical statures could make this one of the better fights of the first quarter of the year.

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  1. nicolas 09:57am, 01/28/2016

    I think that German boxing really missed the boat, especially more recently with foreign fighters. Originally the fighters from Eastern Europe went over to Germany, and even got German trainers. But in the case of the Klitschko brothers, one stayed with his German trainer, and one went to go train with an American, Emaneul Stewart. that I believe was the start, but there biggest mistake was not to see the potential in Glolovkin, who I believe felt he was being ignored in Germany, where he first went. Ironic, that this originally German based fighter captured the vacant WBA middleweight title in Panama, and even defended it one time there, against Kassim Ouma. He also got Abel Sanchez to train him. Sergey Kovalev came to the USA to be trained by John David Jackson, and loos at Viktor Postol, trained by now Fredie Roach. What some of these fighters I believe saw was that fighters before them who went to Germany, might become world champions, but that the lights shined brighter in the USA, and that while them might win titles while in Germany, they would not really be able to perhaps become better fighters there.

  2. Stephanie 03:23pm, 01/26/2016

    nicolas, i agree and think the problem has a name that starts with S and ends with D

  3. nicolas 12:45pm, 01/26/2016

    Braehmer is the poster child of what is wrong with boxing, and at that German boxing, “World Champion”. Who is the whose who of boxing that he has beaten? Macranelli is probably his best win, and that was for a boxer who came down in weight, and is really past his best years, despite his ko over Roy Jones. When he really was faced with tough opposition, especially Shumenov and Clevery, two men whose “world champion” credentials are also questionable. he somehow got sick or injured. Has he ever publicly mentioned wanting to fight Stevenson or Kovalev, or even Bernard Hopkins? Boxing in Germany, as for now seems to have seen its best years, gone are Henry Maske, Darius Michaelzefski, (can’t spell the last name). Last year was not the best year for boxing in that country, with the loss of Marco Huck, Wladimir Klitschko, and the recent loss of the young german who lost to the Italian his Interim title. Who does the country have as so called world champs, Rutland Xchagaev, Jack Culcay, and of course leading the pack, Arthur Abraham. the reason these men are champs are because of the the money perhaps in Germany, but if each division had only one champ, these men would not hold those titles. Even Sven Otke as world champ should bring some nostalgia to German boxing.

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