Saturday night at the Energie Verbund-Arena in Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, WBA World light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (47-2, 35 KOs), from Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, successfully defended his title by forcing #7 ranked Konni Konrad (22-2, 11 KOs), from Cologne, Nordehein-Westfalen, Germany, by way of Bijelo Polje, Montenegro, to quit on his stool at the end of seven rounds.
Fighting out of the blue corner in red and white trunks, Braehmer was too skilled, too seasoned, too precise and assertive for his former sparring partner.
Konrad, fighting of the red corner in black trunks, hadn’t lost a fight since 2006, but the men he has beaten, while tough, were not first-rate. His last seven opponents have a combined 101-71-6 record.
Thirty-six-year-old Braehmer, fighting out of a southpaw stance, stung Konrad several times during the fight. He dropped 30-year-old Montenegrin with a counter right hook in round six.
“I could hardly see out my left eye from the sixth round,” said Konrad. “Health is the most important thing.”
Braehmer saw that Konrad was having trouble with his vision and did what any self-respecting boxer would do under the circumstances. He targeted the eye.
“You know,” explained Braehmer, “it’s boxing. I wanted to show there was a big difference between Konni and me. I wanted to show the best of myself.”
Juergen Braehmer vs. Konni Konrad can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wXC1W5tDEk
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