Sauerland: Boxen in Deutschland

By Robert Ecksel on August 19, 2015
Sauerland: Boxen in Deutschland
“The fight between Rocchigiani and Boulware in 1988 was sensational.” (Horst Müller)

When asked which fights during his long and storied career are most memorable, the 75-year-old Sauerland didn’t skip a beat…

On Wednesday, September 26, at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany, Sauerland Event is celebrating the 35th anniversary, to the day, of Wilfried Sauerland’s first event on German soil.

“Boxing was a hobby that became a passion that still burns today,” he said earlier this week. “I’m very proud of my sons Kalle and Nisse who share this passion and are guiding the next generation of German world champions.”

When asked which fights during his long and storied career are most memorable, the 75-year-old Sauerland didn’t skip a beat.

“The fight between Graciano Rocchigiani and Vincent Boulware in 1988 in was sensational. When Rocky won by TKO in the eighth round, we had our first world champion. Then, five years later, there was Henry Maske’s win against Charles Williams. But the icing on the cake was when Nikolay Valuev defeated John Ruiz at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in 2005 to win the heavyweight title. It was our first heavyweight title and it was unforgettable. Even Muhammad Ali was sitting ringside.”

To commemorate the occasion in a fitting manner, interim WBA super welterweight champion Jack Culcay (20-1, 10 KOs), from Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany, by way of Ambato, Ecuador, will defend his title against unbeaten Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan (20-0-1, 7 KOs), from Newstead, Queensland, Australia, by way of Kildare, Ireland.

In the co-main event, undefeated Tyrone Zeuge (17-0, 10 KOs), fighting out of Berlin, faces former European champion Eduard Gutknecht (28-3-1, 11 KOs), from Gifhorn, Niedersachsen, Germany, by way of Dzhetysai, Kazakhstan, for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental super middleweight title.

Wilfried Sauerland has navigated the careers of Alexander Povetkin, George Groves, Arthur Abraham, Marco Huck, Cecilia Braekus, Chisanda Mutti, Mikkel Kessler, John Mugabi, Henry Maske, Sven Ottke, Axel Schulz, Yoan Pablo Hernandez, and Nicolay Valuev, among others.

He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2010.

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  1. Irish Dave Neff 10:43am, 12/06/2016

    RIP Vincent Boulware IBC 1993 Cruiserweight Champ, he passed July 29th, 2016. He respected Graciano (Rocky), Jimmy Shuler, Prince Charles Williams & Al Cole. He loved Boxing & all the fighters he met,during his Career in Pro Boxing. Happy BDay Rocky he lost to u in1988, if in USA call me (717) 608-8659. Pennsylvania proud Irish Dave Neff Thx

  2. nicolas 07:23am, 09/12/2015

    Just discovered this article, looking for another one. I have the feeling that boxing in Germany will have seen its best years in a while. With some of the fighters, the recent defeat by Marco Huck in the US, Pablo Hernandez making what I think is a dangerous defense in Argentina, is the German boxing scene promising at this time. Wlad is coming upon 40, and Arthur Abraham is not the giant of boxing that some thought he would be. German boxing promoters would kick themselves that they lost Gennady Golovkin.

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 10:09am, 08/20/2015

    He says Valuev/Ruiz was his fondest moment….different strokes for different folks I guess….I personally have a fond moment every time I take a good dump.

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 10:06am, 08/20/2015

    Hayemaker said Valuev’s stench was his secret….maybe not so secret at that..weapon.

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