Braehmer to make defense in June
Just two months after making his first light heavyweight title defense, Juergen Braehmer will be back in the ring for No. 2 when he faces Roberto Bolonti on June 7, promoter Sauerland Event announced on Monday.
The 35-year-old Braehmer (43-2, 32 KOs) and Bolonti (35-2, 24 KOs), also 35, of Argentina, will fight at the Sport- und Kongresshalle in Schwerin, Germany, Braehmer's hometown. "It's always a pleasure to fight right on your doorstep," Braehmer said. "This is also a big thank you to all my supporters, who never let me down and stand behind me no matter what. I already feel like as if I could fight tomorrow.
"This will be no cakewalk. Argentineans know how to fight. I have already fought four of them in the professional ranks. (Bolonti) likes to put a lot of pressure on his opponents and I am a counter-puncher. His style will play into my hands. I will tame 'La Bestia.'"
Bolonti will be fighting outside of Argentina for only the second time. The last time he left home was in November 2012, when he traveled to England and was dominated in a near-shutout unanimous decision loss to longtime contender Tony Bellew, who knocked him down twice and inflicted multiple cuts.
Bolonti said that it will be a different story against Braehmer, who has won 12 fights in a row since losing a decision in a title bout against Hugo Hernan Garay, Bolonti's countryman. "It will be no different come June 7," Bolonti said. "The beast will be hungry -- hungry to win the WBA championship."
Braehmer said it will be a lot different than his fight with Garay.
"I was sick when I fought Garay," Braehmer said. "Bolonti should be prepared for a fit and ready version of Juergen Braehmer, the version that has never lost a fight before."
Braehmer claimed a secondary world title -- Bernard Hopkins holds the organization's main belt -- in December by outpointing American Marcus Oliveira and made his first defense on April 5, stopping former cruiserweight titlist Enzo Maccarinelli of Wales in the fifth round.
Eventually, Braehmer said he would like to face Hopkins, who unified two belts by easily outpointing Beibut Shumenov on April 19 in Washington, D.C.
"Simply a great performance," Braehmer said of Hopkins. "But he should keep in mind that there is not only (world champion Adonis) Stevenson and (titleholder Sergey) Kovalev to care about. Going up against me seems just natural -- two hard-working and dedicated ring-operators. Shumenov might have (had a title), but I am a much harder challenge than him. I believe I can solve the riddle that is Bernard Hopkins."