Giovanni De Carolis will defend his WBA World super middleweight title against Tyron Zeuge over a scheduled 12 rounds at Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin on Saturday, July 16.
An Italian, 31-year-old De Carolis is a nine-year ring vet (24-6, 12 KOs) who won the title in January by stopping Vincent Feigenbutz via 11th-round TKO. He’d lost to Feigenbutz in his previous fight, last October, by unanimous decision. Although not a particularly hard hitter, De Carolis has a good chin, having only been stopped by Max Bursak, who won by eighth-round TKO in June 2008. De Carolis has won four of his last six.
His 24-year-old opponent, who fights out of his native Berlin, is a four-year pro (18-0, 10 KOs) who won the vacant IBF International super middleweight title in August 2014 by stopping Baker Barakat via ninth-round TKO. Thirteenth-ranked by the WBA, the undefeated Zeuge twice successfully defended his IBF strap. He most recently fought last month in a non-title match, beating Ruben Eduardo Acosta by unanimous decision.
“This is the opportunity of a lifetime,” says Zeuge, who’s trained by Juergen Braehmer, WBA World light heavyweight titlist. “Whether I’m ready for it, other people will have to judge. But one thing is for certain, on July 16, I will give everything to fulfill my dream of becoming World Champion.”
Says a confident Braehmer, “Based on his potential, there is no better boxer in Germany than Zeuge. I believe he is ready to make history by taking this title!” And, indeed, should Zeuge emerge victorious over De Carolis, he would be Germany’s youngest world titleholder ever. Braehmer himself would make history as the first active world titlist to coach a fellow boxer to a world title.
Adds promoter Kalle Sauerland, “Tyron Zeuge is leading the way for a new generation of World-class German boxers, and by beating De Carolis, he can take his place among the best in the World.”
The fight will air live on SAT.1.
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