Feigenbutz, De Carolis aim to clear the air in rematch

Vincent Feigenbutz will meet Giovanni De Carolis again to set the record straight on Saturday night in Germany. Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images

On Oct. 17, Germany’s Vincent Feigenbutz got knocked down in the first round and barely retained his interim super middleweight belt by tight decision in Germany against Italy’s Giovanni De Carolis on scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 114-13.

The 20-year-old Feigenbutz (21-1, 19 KOs) and De Carolis (23-6, 11 KOs), 31, will meet again to set the record straight on Saturday night at Baden-Arena in Offenburg, Germany.

“The first fight against Giovanni was a real battle. Although I won the fight, I wasn’t happy with my performance as I know I can do better,” Feigenbutz said. “I don’t want to use it as an excuse but I was recovering from a severe cold and therefore unable to fight to my full potential. This time, I’m fully fit and ready to beat him convincingly.

“I promised him the rematch in the ring after the first fight and have stayed true to my word. I’m happy to get the chance to meet him again as a true champion should have no blemishes on his record and leave no questions unanswered.”

De Carolis said he felt he won the first fight and looks forward to another chance against him.

“Boxing is subjective, but in my estimation, I should have been declared the winner after our first fight,” he said. “Before the fight, Vincent appeared very arrogant and full of himself, but when I looked into his eyes before the first bell I could see his eyelids twitch. I think perhaps he has been blinded by his past success and when faced with an opponent who can handle his power he becomes uncertain of what to do. This could also be due to his age and inexperience.

“For this fight, I have made some adjustments to my tactics and will use the element of surprise to my advantage. Although, I do not like to give any predictions on the outcome, I will say that I will do everything in my ability to bring the belt home to Italy with me.”