By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)
Jürgen Brähmer will return to the ring in the autumn.
The German champion, 46-2 (34), is set to defend his WBA light heavyweight title in his home country.
Brähmer will face Montenegrin-born Konni Konrad at the EnergieVerbund-Arena in Dresden.
Konrad has boxed just once this year –– a five-round stoppage over Vasyl Kondor in May –– but has a professional ledger of 22-1-1 with 11 early endings going into the fight on September 5.
“I have good memories from fighting in Dresden,” said Brähmer.
“It was here that I came back from my first world title defeat to claim the European strap in 2009. The city has not seen much boxing since then, but now I’m returning as world champion and ready to change that.”
The 29-year-old –– who made his debut at 17 and raced to 15 straight wins when he turned pro –– was named as Brähmer’s next foe after the man everyone thought would get the gig, Nathan Cleverly, declined the contest and has instead agreed to fight Poland’s Andrzej Fonfara, with the clash likely to land in October.
The promotional company associated with Brähmer, Sauerland Event, confirmed the fact that Cleverly was out of the running via Twitter last Friday, but did confirm that the man in the opposite corner would be sealed and announced today.
“[We are] disappointed to inform you that [Nathan Cleverly] has turned down the world title fight against Brähmer. [His] opponent [will be] announced on Monday,” they wrote on social media.
“To clarify, we had a deal with Eddie Hearn [Cleverly’s promoter] for [the fight]. [It] was even announced by Cleverly on BBC. It was Nathan’s decision to withdraw.
“We wish [Nathan Cleverly] and his team all the best for the future in the rebuilding process.”
Tickets for the WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship fight between Juergen Braehmer and Konni Konrad are on sale now and available via tickethall.de.by