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Juergen Braehmer to defend title against Thomas Oosthuizen on March 12

Juergen Braehmer will defend his secondary light heavyweight world title against Thomas Oosthuizen on March 12 at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany, promoters Sauerland Event and Rodney Berman's Golden Gloves announced on Monday.

The fight was originally scheduled to take place on Nov. 7 at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo, but was postponed when Braehmer was forced out of the bout because of a hand injury he suffered in training camp a few weeks before the fight.

Braehmer (47-2, 35 KOs), a 37-year-old southpaw from Germany, will be defending the 175-pound belt for the sixth time when he takes on fellow southpaw Oosthuizen (25-0-2, 14 KOs), 27, of South Africa.

The fight will be Braehmer's return to the arena where he won a unanimous decision against American Marcus Oliveira for a vacant belt in December 2013.

"Neubrandenburg holds a very special place in my heart," Braehmer said. "So, of course, I'm looking forward to returning to the Jahnsportforum and successfully defending my title against Oosthuizen."

Said Kalle Sauerland, Braehmer's promoter, "Oosthuizen is a dangerous, undefeated opponent, and by beating him, Juergen can prove once again why he is among the best in the light heavyweight division. The people in Neubrandenburg are true boxing fans and they will stand behind their man and cheer him to victory on March 12."

Oosthuizen was disappointed by the postponement and pleased that the bout, his first shot at a world title, was rescheduled.

"It is great news that the fight is going ahead," Oosthuizen 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."'

Said Harold Volbrecht, Oosthuizen's trainer, "There's no way in a million years that Braehmer wins this fight. He's going to be in the ring with a real fighter, and he better be ready because Tommy is coming for him."

Oosthuizen, who is 6-foot-4, will have about a five-inch height advantage in the fight, but Braehmer said he is not concerned by the size difference.

"His height doesn't bother me. I have always done well against taller opponents,'' Braehmer said. "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.''