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Former light heavyweight titlist Jurgen Brahmer, who recently split with Universum Box-Promotion, has signed with Sauerland Event, Germany's biggest promoter.
Brahmer, attending the Arthur Abraham-Robert Stieglitz super middleweight world title bout that Sauerland Event promoted on Saturday in Berlin, signed while he was at the fight, Sauerland Event announced on Monday.
"I want to give it another go and become the champ once again," said Brahmer, 33, of Germany, who held a 175-pound world title from 2009 until 2011.
Said promoter Kalle Sauerland, "We are excited to have captured Jurgen's signature. He is one of the best light heavyweights out there."
Brahmer will be trained by Karsten Roewer, who was his amateur trainer and later found pro success in guiding now-retired Sebastian Sylvester to a middleweight world title in 2009. Roewer was in Brahmer's corner when he won the 1996 junior world championships.
"We have known each other for quite a while now," Roewer said. "We will work hard and are aiming to get back to the top of the game."
Brahmer (38-2, 30 KOs), a southpaw and the former European champion, won an interim title via decision against Aleksy Kuziemski in August 2009. Brahmer was later elevated to a full titlist and defended the belt twice before it was stripped from him in May 2011 after he pulled out of a mandatory defense against Nathan Cleverly a few days before the fight for no apparent reason.
It was the second time in a row that Brahmer had withdrawn from a title fight days ahead of time, leaving card organizers in a tough spot. He also did it days before a January 2011 unification fight against Beibut Shumenov in Shumenov's native Kazakhstan, leaving the country without notifying promoters and later claiming illness.
Brahmer's first bout with Sauerland Event has not been scheduled, but general manager Chris Meyer said he will fight in November or December before looking to finally face Cleverly, who now holds Brahmer's old title.
"He will do a tune-up first and will focus mainly on the WBO route, whose world champion he once was," Meyer said. "I could imagine that he will be able to challenge Nathan Cleverly within the next nine months."
Brahmer last fought in April, winning a lopsided 10-round decision against Vikapita Meroro in Germany.
"Jurgen has stayed in training since his last bout in April," Meyer said. "Then his contract with (Universum) terminated and he was free."