Feigenbutz and De Carolis to contest vacant WBA World title
Vincent Feigenbutz (21-1, 19 KOs) can write boxing history on Saturday night by becoming Germany’s youngest ever World Champion with the vacant WBA World Super Middleweight title now on the line in his rematch with Giovanni De Carolis (23-6, 11 KOs) at the Baden-Arena in Offenburg, Germany.
Feigenbutz and De Carolis were originally scheduled to contest the WBA’s interim World title, but yesterday, the governing body announced that their fight will be for the ‘regular’ World title. Their ruling comes following Andre Ward’s move up to light heavyweight and the subsequent promotion of World Champion Fedor Chudinov to Super Champion.
The WBA’s decision adds even more significance to the hotly anticipated rematch between Feigenbutz and De Carolis, in which both boxers are eager to settle the score following their fiercely contested first encounter.
It also means that Feigenbutz, at just 20 years of age, can become Germany’s youngest ever World Champion, beating the previous record of Graciano ‘Rocky’ Rocchigiani, who was 24 years old when he first claimed World honours.
‘’This would be a massive achievement for me,’’ said Feigenbutz. ‘’It has been a life-long dream of mine to become the youngest German World Champion. However, I cannot let this affect my focus. I will need give everything in order to beat De Carolis, and will do my best to keep the belt in Germany.’’
‘’Vincent has a great chance to make history on Saturday night by beating Rocky’s record,’’ said promoter Kalle Sauerland. ‘’His first fight with De Carolis was one of the most dramatic battles of 2015, and the rematch already promised a lot of excitement, but now, with a World title on the line, we are looking at an international super fight!’’
Tickets for the WBA World Super Middleweight Championship fight between Vincent Feigenbutz and Giovanni De Carolis are available online via http://www.tickethall.de and http://www.eventim.de or by calling +49 (0) 1806-570044.
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Feigenbutz intends to leave no questions unanswered in interim WBA World title fight with De Carolis
Vincent Feigenbutz (21-1, 19 KOs) has said he will ‘leave no questions unanswered’ in his interim WBA World Super Middleweight title rematch with Giovanni De Carolis (23-6, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Baden-Arena in Offenburg, Germany.
Following twelve fiercely contested rounds, Feigenbutz came out on top in their first encounter on October 17, scoring a razor-thin points decision over his Italian opponent at the DM-Arena in Karlsruhe.
However, despite the positive result, the 20 year-old admits he was left disappointed with his display and is promising an improved performance when the super middleweights square off for a second time in Offenburg.
‘’The first fight against Giovanni was a real battle,’’ reflects the rising German star. ‘’Although I won the fight, I wasn’t happy with my performance as I know I can do better. I don’t want to use it as an excuse but I was recovering from a severe cold and therefore unable to fight to my full potential.
‘’This time, I’m fully fit and ready to beat him convincingly. I promised him the rematch in the ring after the first fight and have stayed true to my word.
‘’I’m happy to get the chance to meet him again as a true champion should have no blemishes on his record and leave no questions unanswered.’’
De Carolis, who more than played his part in their entertaining first bout, has hit back at the home fighter branding the interim WBA Champion ‘arrogant’ and ‘inexperienced’ ahead of their hotly anticipated rematch.
‘’Boxing is subjective, but in my estimation, I should have been declared the winner after our first fight in Karlsruhe,’’ says the 31 year-old from Rome.
‘’Before the fight, Vincent appeared very arrogant and full of himself, but when I looked into his eyes before the first bell I could see his eyelids twitch.
‘’I think perhaps he has been blinded by his past success and when faced with an opponent who can handle his power he becomes uncertain of what to do. This could also be due to his age and inexperience.
‘’For this fight, I have made some adjustments to my tactics and will use the element of surprise to my advantage. Although, I do not like to give any predictions on the outcome, I will say that I will do everything in my ability to bring the belt home to Italy with me!’’
Tickets for the interim WBA World Super Middleweight title rematch between Vincent Feigenbutz and Giovanni De Carolis are available online via http://www.tickethall.de and http://www.eventim.de or by calling +49 (0) 1806-570044.