Maurice Weber, 32, is looking to break through in the light middleweight division. The Sturm Box-Promotion fighter, who is coming off a first round knockout win over Aliaksandr Abramenka on July 6 in Dortmund, Germany, is targeting the “highest ranked fighters in my class”. “I made a promise once that I would be Felix’ first world champion and I’m still eager to fulfill said promise”, Weber said.
Weber recovered from a serious hand injury and a three-year layoff when he staged his comeback on the undercard of his close friend Felix Sturm in December 2011. Since then he has won six in a row. But now, he is looking to go toe-to-toe with better competition. “I want to fight highly ranked guys. I want to recommend myself for a world title bout and I’m willing to fight anyone, anywhere, anytime to prove myself. I’m 32 years old and I believe I’m ready for the world stage.”
“Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to sound arrogant or boisterous”, he clarified. “I just have a goal and I’m willing to do anything to reach it.” Weber currently stands at 18-1-1 and is the former German Light Middleweight Champion. World-class coach Magomed Schaburow trains him at the Sturm-Boxing Gym in Cologne, Germany. “The premises are perfect. We have a great team, great fighting talent and watching Felix train is incredible motivating. He comes to the gym acting like someone who hasn’t won anything. He has the urge to get back to the top. That is inspiring. I’m thankful beyond belief that he supported me throughout the hard times I had and gave me a shot to come back”, Weber praised.
“Konni Konrad just had a great fight and captured the WBA International title, Susi Kentikian became World Champion again and Felix is in position to challenge Daniel Geale or Darren Barker next, whomever wins in their bout. A rematch between Felix and Geale would be exciting. It would be a great night and I’m sure Felix would become a four-time champ. It would be amazing for me to beat a strong opponent that night”, he said.
Weber is already a hero in his homeland of Tunisia: “I was born in Germany and I live in Germany but my family hails from Tunisia. So I have two countries in my heart. And the recognition I get in Tunisia is amazing. Whenever I’m there, the fans want pictures and autographs and the media, TV or print, wants to interview me. This is great; it’s fun for me. And more and more people start recognizing me in Germany. I’m thankful for this and for all my fans.”
But Weber knows that it takes a lot to become a world champion, especially in a talent filled class like the light middleweight division. “Like I said, I don’t want to be cocky. But I believe in myself and I’m sure I can make it. I just need a chance to prove myself and I know I will get that chance”, he said. Until then, Weber promises to train as hard as he can and live the life of a true professional. “Sure, I’ll go on a short vacation before resuming training. But I will stay in shape nevertheless.”
His plans for the foreseeable future? Weber: “If you look through the history of our sport, everyone had a coming-out-party. For example, Felix when he fought Oscar de la Hoya in Las Vegas. It made him a household name. My dream is to get and to use such an opportunity. Because one thing is for certain: it would get me in jabbing distance of a world title shot.”
July 12, 2013