Artur ‘Thunder’ Mann (15-0, 8 KOs) has arrived in South Africa willing to realise that his World title fantasy as he challenges Kevin Lerena (21 1, 9 KOs) for the IBO Cruiserweight summit Saturday at the Emperors Palace in Johannesburg.

The 28 year old Hannover-hotshot is high in optimism as he completes his first World title contest after persuasive wins over teak-tough Russian Alexey Zubov and the previously undefeated Alexander Peil within his last two bouts.

Having added legendary Cuban trainer Pedro Diaz into his training team, Mann believes everything is in place for a memorable victory because he moves behind enemy lines in an attempt to dethrone the Johannesburg-native.

“First of all, I’d like to thank my promoter Team Sauerland, and Golden Gloves, for this excellent opportunity,” said Mann. “My fantasy has always been to stay for World titles, but I never thought it’d happen so fast.

“Lerena is a World Champion and deserves the utmost esteem. He’s now among the top five cruiserweights on earth, a position you need to earn. Yet I believe I’m the complete fighter, and that I shall give every thing in the ring to prove I’m the far better individual, and to create back the belt into . ”

“Pedro works meticulously. With him, a lot of the emphasis is put on our physical fitness and receiving the ideal technique, but most importantly it’so on the tactics. He hunts each of his fighters along with their competitions in wonderful detail, and also that number of detail can make all of the difference in World degree. ”

The IBO World Cruiserweight title showdown involving Kevin Lerena and also Artur Mann is a co-promotion involving Team Sauerland and Golden Gloves. German fans can watch all of the activity from the Emperors Palace go on Sport1.


Artur Mann (15-0, 8 KOs) struggles Kevin Lerena (21 1, 9 KOs) for the IBO World Cruiserweight name on March 16 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Mann, undefeated in fifteen professional contest, lands this fantasy World title shot after a unanimous points win over Alexey Zubov in Chicago, and is packed with optimism as he travels into South Africa in search of World glory.

“This really is the moment I’ve been working my whole life for,” says Mann. “Who would have thought a year past that we would be preparing for an IBO World title fight in Johannesburg. I can’t thank my promoter Team Sauerland and the Sauerland family enough that this dream can be accomplished so fast.

“This really is a massive opportunity, and one I will not miss. Kevin Lerena will definitely have a home advantage because the reigning champion and local hero, but I like a challenge, and that I ’damn convinced I will bring the IBO belt dwelling into . ”

“I’m eager to be back the square jungle against such a formidable opponent as Artur Mann,” he said. “The people can look forward to a buff friendly struggle without quarter given or asked. Whilst I honor Mann’therefore album, only one hand is going to be raised victory — AND STILL — This is the season of Kevin Lerena! ”

“Kevin Lerena vs. Artur Mann for its IBO Cruiserweight name at the Emperors Palace — an equally matched and mouth watering battle involving two outstanding boxers,” said Rodney Berman, for Golden Gloves. “The two can ill afford a loss at this phase of their careers with the cruiserweight division enjoying such popularity, that will be in no small measure because of this planet Super Series.


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