German-based light middleweight prospect Maurice Weber has a clear vision on his future in professional boxing.
Promoted by his good friend Felix Sturm, the 31-year old, once-beaten fighter wants to get to the top of the 154 pound division: “My goal is to become champion of the world. The first one in the Sturm Box-Promotion stable. I want to make Felix, my fans, friends and family proud. And I believe I can do it, I believe I can hang in there with the best fighters in my class.”
The past, however, has not always been bright for the smart and outspoken Weber. He suffered his first and only career loss in 2008, a disputed decision to Frederic Serre, fighting with an injured right hand that almost cost him his career. Doctors told Weber that “I would never fight again”. But he never gave up and ultimately was able to return three years later on the undercard of Felix Sturm’s title defense against Martin Murray. He is 5-0 with 2 KOs since the injury and is looking forward to bigger, better things. “I’m not afraid of anyone and I believe I’ll get my chance to prove this to the world, ” insisted Weber.
But there is more to the story of Maurice Weber. While known to the boxing fans in Germany, he is immensely popular and considered a national hero in Tunisia, his native country. “It’s true”, Weber says, laughing. “When I’m there, I get so many media requests and fans ask me for pictures and autographs. It’s remarkable and I’m really proud of it. Boxing is only now getting back to the attention of the Tunisian public. And I’m, quite frankly, the face of it. It’s an honor. Some guys over there even told me that I am, popularity wise of course, the Franz Beckenbauer of Tunisian boxing.”
His upcoming fights will be broadcast on national television, guaranteeing a big TV audience. “They always televised my bouts on tape-delay or had highlights of them in the news shows. It’s huge that they’ll be shown live from now on.”
Weber added: “Fighting for the world title in Tunisia would be a one-of-a-kind event and a dream-come-true for me. But I have two hearts in my chest – Germany and Tunisia. And I want to make my fans in both countries and all over the world happy.”
March 27, 2013