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21 NOVEMBER 2018


Sylvester to defend IBF Title against Karmazin on June 5

IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (33-3, 16 KOs) will return
to the ring on June 5 when he takes on mandatory challenger Roman
Karmazin (40-3, 26 KOs) in Germany.

While Sylvester comes off an 10th-round TKO victory over Billy Lyell, Karmazin knocked out Dionisio Miranda to earn the right to challenge Sylvester.

Bash Boxing had won the purse bid for the clash. "Roman Karmazin and I are extremely grateful for the support of our friends and colleagues at RusLoto in St. Petersburg, Russia," commented Bash Boxing President Steven Bash. "In light of some timing obstacles surrounding a summer promotion in Russia, we look forward to working together with Sauerland Event in co-promoting this historic fight and making it available to boxing fans in Russia and all around the world. Roman Karmazin, a true road warrior in every sense of the word, is eager to come back to Germany and become the first Russian boxer in history to win a world title in two different weight classes."

Chris Meyer, Team Sauerland´s General Manager, is looking forward to
staging the fight in Germany. “We have had very good negotiations with
Steven Bash and we are happy to have reached an agreement that suits
either side,” he said. “We are looking to staging the fight in the
northern parts of Germany. We will announce the venue in the next days.
Sebastian will certainly take care of business against a strong
mandatory challenger.”

The IBF champion is currently preparing in training camp in Gustrow. “As
a world champion you have to prove yourself all over the world,” he
said. “That is why a fight in St. Petersburg would not have been a
problem for me. But now with my fans behind me, I will be even stronger.
Their support really means a lot to me and gives me additional
motivation. I look forward to June 5 and the second defence of my title.”

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