As a nice distraction from the everyday training, WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz celebrated “Rose Monday” among the carnival revelers in Köthen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, the hometown of his trainer Dirk Dzemski. The champion was invited to b guest of honor in the largest carnival parade in Central Germany. Just beginning his training camp for his April 14 clash with Mikkel Kessler in Copenhagen, this trip was a pleasant and above all fun change of pace. Tens of thousands were on hand to take part in the festivities as the parade moved through the city Köthen with Stieglitz right in the middle tossing sweets from a float, shouting “KU-KA-KÖ” and of course signing many autographs.


According to several sources, Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs) will defend his WBO super middleweight title against Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) on April 14 in Copenhagen. The fight was originally scheduled for November, but Kessler suffered an injury in training and the date was pushe back to next year. Both boxers will step in the ring from lengthy layoffs. 30-year-old Stieglitz last fought in April in Magdeburg, when he successfully defended his belt against Khoren Gevor, and the 32-year-old Dane has not fought since June, when he scored a sixth round technical knockout over Mehdi Bouadla.


By Luke Furman

WBO, WBC & WBA female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (18-0, 4 KOs) will defend her title collection on November 5 at Copenhagen’s PARKEN Stadium when she takes on Hawaiian Kuulei Kupihea (7-0, 2 KOs). It will be Braekhus’ third fight in Denmark this year after defeating Jill Emery in Herning (April) and Chevelle Hallback at the DR Koncerthuset (May). “I look forward to fighting in front of 20,000 fans at PARKEN,” she said. “The support in Denmark has always been fantastic but this will be the first time I step into the ring in a big football stadium. It will be a great experience.”

Braekhus promised Kupihea a night to remember. “I am the world champion and I am happy to prove myself against every contender out there,” she stated. “But whoever wants to take away my titles will get punished.”