Robert Stieglitz

Born in Russia but resides in Germany, Robert Stieglitz began his professional career in 2001 defeating Petr Pokorny by unanimous decision. Stieglitz went on to knock out nine of his first twelve opponents. Only a year in to his professional career, he won the vacant IBF Youth Light Heavyweight title. After making three successful defenses, he vacated his title and went down to the Super Middleweight division. On February 2004, he defeated Galen Brown by technical knockout for the vacant IBF Youth Super Middleweight title. His first world title opportunity came against Alejandro Berrio for the vacant IBF Super Middleweight title but he came up short, losing by technical knockout in the 3rd round. Two years later (2009), Stieglitz got another shot, this time against Karoly Balzay for the WBO Super Middleweight title. Stieglitz won by technical knockout in the 11th round.

Lost his title in a 12-round unanimous decision against Arthur Abraham on August 25, 2012.

On March 23, 2013 regained his title against Arthur Abraham by Technical Knockout in the four round at the GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Germany

 

REGIONAL TITLES:

1. IBF Youth Light Heavyweight Champion

2. IBF Youth Super Middleweight Champion

3. IBF Inter-Continental Super Middleweight Champion

4. WBC International Super Middleweight Champion

WORLD TITLES:

1. WBO Super Middleweight Champion

Wladimir Klitschko

Known as “The Steel Hammer,” Klitschko first achieved world attention at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. He defeated Paea Wolfgramm to win the Super-Heavyweight gold medal. Klitschko turned professional with Universum Box-Promotion in Hamburg under the tutelage of Fritz Sdunek. He suffered his first setback after 24 bouts without a loss to journeyman Ross Puritty, who entered the bout with a record of 24–13–1. Klitschko won the WBO Heavyweight title from American Chris Byrd. Byrd had previously upset his elder brother Vitali (who pulled out injured during their bout).

After five successful defenses of the WBO belt, but on March 2003 Klitschko suffered an upset loss to Corrie Sanders. Sanders battered Klitschko for two rounds knocking him out. After winning two minor bouts in Germany and enlisting the services of legendary boxing trainer Emmanuel Steward, Klitschko again fought for the vacated WBO title on 10 April 2004, in Las Vegas, against Lamon Brewster. Klitschko sent Brewster to the canvas in the fourth round; however, things turned around in the fifth when Brewster’s punches began backing him up. Not defending himself and leaning into ropes for support, Klitschko took a standing eight count. On unsteady legs, Klitschko went to his knees after the bell and the referee stopped the fight for his safety. Following his loss to Brewster, Klitschko began his journey back towards the top of the heavyweight division. First, he defeated DaVarryl Williamson by technical decision. He then knocked out undefeated Eliseo Castillo. Klitschko then signed to fight undefeated power puncher Samuel Peter in an IBF eliminator. The much anticipated bout proved to be hugely entertaining. It went some way towards redeeming Klitschko in the heavyweight division.

Though Peter scored three knockdowns (two in round 5, one in round 10) Klitschko withstood the Nigerian’s power and went on to dominate for long periods. He even rocked Peter in the final round. The win against Peter showed that Klitschko was capable of defeating power punchers. On 22 April 2006, in Mannheim, Germany, Klitschko again defeated Chris Byrd by TKO and won the IBF Heavyweight title. Klitschko then avenged one of his previous losses as he defeated Lamon Brewster in July 2007. Klitschko later defeated WBO Heavyweight Champion Sultan Ibragimov at Madison Square Garden in New York City on 23 February 2008 to unify the IBF and WBO heavyweight titles. On 12 July 2008, Klitschko defeated Tony Thompson by KO in the eleventh round. Klitschko was scheduled to defend his titles against Alexander Povetkin later in 2008,[6] but on 25 October, Povetkin withdrew from the fight due to an ankle injury. Instead, Klitschko faced Hasim Rahman on 13 December 2008 and won by TKO.

Rahman seemed unable to withstand Klitschko’s punch power. The referee finally called a stop to the one-sided contest in the 7th round after Rahman failed to respond to a series of good shots. Klitschko was scheduled to face David Haye who pulled out within weeks of the fight complaining of a back injury. Salvaging the 20 June 2009 date and venue, Klitschko instead retained the IBF, WBO, IBO world heavyweight titles and also won the vacant Ring Magazine heavyweight title by defeating replacement opponent and Ring #3 ranked Ruslan Chagaev when Chagaev retired after an onslaught of punches towards the end of the ninth round. As Chagaev was WBA champion in recess, the title was not on the line.

Klitschko’s win over Chagaev was seen as one of his most impressive performances in the ring. In December 2009, Klitschko defeated Chambers by KO five seconds before the end of the final round. Following the match with Chambers, a unification fight between Klitschko and David Haye, who as of May 2009 held the WBA title, appeared to be in the offing. Both sides began negotiations for a potential fight and the bout was targeted for September. The fight did not materialize and Klitschko took on mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. The bout between Klitschko and Povetkin was tentatively scheduled to take place in Frankfurt, Germany, on September 2010. In July 2010, it was confirmed that the bout would be taking place in Frankfurt. However, Povetkin backed out of the $2 million purse fight. Samuel Peter replaced

Povetkin for the scheduled fight. Peter fought Klitschko on 11 September 2010, for the Ukrainian’s IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles. Klitschko won again, by knocking out Peter in the 10th round. Klitschko was set to fight Dereck Chisora on 11 December, but the fight was later called off on 8 December due to a Klitschko injury. On 5 January 2011, it was announced that Dereck Chisora would get his fight with Klitschko. The fight against Dereck Chisora was rescheduled for 30 April 2011. However, on 4 March, it was announced Klitschko pulled out of the fight. On 5 March, it announced that the fight against David Haye will take place on 2 July 2011. Klitschko fought David Haye in a heavyweight unification fight for the WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO and The Ring heavyweight titles. The fight took place at the Imtech Arena, Hamburg, Germany on 2 July 2011. Klitschko dominated the fight from the start. Klitschko won by unanimous decision.

REGIONAL TITLES:

1. WBC International Champion (twice)

2. WBA Inter-Continental Champion (twice)

3. EBU Heavyweight Champion

4. WBO NABO Heavyweight Champion

5. NABF Heavyweight Champion

WORLD TITLES:

1. WBO Heavyweight Champion (twice)

2. IBF Heavyweight Champion

3. WBO Super World Champion

WebSite: http://www.klitschko.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/VitaliWladimirKlitschko

Twitter: @Klitschko

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/KlitschkoChannel

Nathan Cleverly

I was brought up in an area called Phillipstown, New Tredegar in South Wales UK, or commonly known by the locals as, Monkey’s Island. There were few facilities and even fewer opportunities, however my upbringing was good with a strong family behind me and good set of values that kept me out of trouble, most of the time!

I have a strong competitive nature which was evident in my primary school days which continued onto secondary at Blackwood Comprehensive. Sport came first, especially football then cross country running. I also maintained my desire to do well academically, which I am happy I stuck with.

But being competitive brought its own problems and I found I needed to prove myself all the time, and so, I unwittingly started getting involved in fighting after school on street corners. Eventually realising that this was going to get me nowhere, I decided to “put my money where my mouth is” and after talking things through with my parents I decided to go and join the nearest boxing gym.

Although I still maintained my interest in football and cross country running, even becoming under 15 Welsh Champion, boxing took its hold, firstly in the amateur rankings, where I started at 39kg going onto 69kg. I won 6 consecutive titles in a row in a 6 year period, and then went on to win bronze, silver and gold at 4 nation championships (competing against the best of England, Scotland and Republic of Ireland).

My amateur record consists of 36 fights, winning 32 of the 36, undefeated in my own country, and only loosing to an Italian, 2 English, and a Norwegian boxer.

While my amateur boxing career was allowing me to develop, my school studies weren’t doing too badly either, I found the more competitive I became in boxing the more competitive I became in school. I passed my GCSE’s, 10 (4 A*, 4 A’s, 1 B and 1 C) then passed ‘A’ levels, 3 (2 A’s 1 B).

Then I decided to push myself a little bit harder, and made the decision to turn to professional boxing after my 18th birthday. My style of boxing and training was more suited to the professional game and I also realised I had achieved what I wanted to in the amateur sport. I thrive on a challenge, whether it is in sport or studies, and as much as I sometimes think “what am I doing!”, I know the decisions I make to push myself makes me work harder. So after my “A” level results I decided on University. But which “Uni”, it had to be a university that allowed me to continue my training, so the decision was made easily; I enrolled in Cardiff to study a Mathematics Degree. I got my degree in August 2010.

My “Pro” career has gone from strength to strength, of my 19 fights, I have had 19 wins, with 9 knockouts. I have been classed as the fastest rising ranking boxer in my weight division, and I was also nominated for Young Boxer of the Year Award, coming first runner up.

For the Future, I want to prove myself to be a worthy contender for the World Champion at Light Heavy Weight, and to go as far as I can in my professional boxing career, however it is very important to me that I “earn” my way, and certainly learn from my mistakes, taking nothing for granted. You only achieve what you truly believe.

http://www.nathancleverly.co.uk/

Jorge Arce

At the age of 32, Jorge is a 15-year pro – he made his debut at 16. The WBO junior featherweight world champion, he is a veteran of 15 world championship and eight interim world championship fights, and has been one of Mexico’s most popular fighters over the last decade.

Jorge is also a former WBO junior bantamweight world champion – he won the title on January 30 but vacated it to move up in weight – and a former two-time world champion at light flyweight (108 pounds), and three-time interim world champion at light flyweight, flyweight, and super flyweight (108, 112, 115).

He is undefeated in six fights, 5-0-1, since his last loss – against Simphiwe Nongqayi – in September, 2009.

Jorge won the WBO junior featherweight world title in his last fight on May 7 with a 12th round TKO win against defending champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.

After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: This was an intriguing fight when it was made and turned out even better than we could have hoped for as Arce pulled the mild upset over Vazquez, the son of Wilfredo Vazquez Sr., the former three-division titleholder and one of Puerto Rico’s best all-time fighters. Arce had held titles at junior flyweight and junior bantamweight (as well as an interim flyweight title), but he has a lot of mileage on him and has been in tons of hard fights. But Vazquez, who was making his third title defense, is still a bit inexperienced and had a lot of trouble in the action-packed fight.

Vazquez was in control early. He knocked Arce down with a solid left hook to the jaw just as the fourth round was coming to an end. However, Vazquez could not follow up in the fifth round as Arce, who was cut over his left eye, rallied to storm back. He badly hurt Vazquez in the 11th round, and it seemed like only a matter of time.

Vazquez was backpedaling in the 12th, and Arce was walking him down. When he pinned him against the ropes, Arce rocked him repeatedly. Referee Joe Cortez let the pounding go on too long. There was no point to allowing it continue because Vazquez was basically out on his feet. Finally, Vazquez’s corner entered the ring, forcing Cortez to finally call it off 55 seconds into the round.

Congrats to Arce, one of boxing’s most fan-friendly warriors. Tremendous performance from the “Lollipop Cowboy.” [End Rafael item]

Jorge said, “There is a triple motivation to defend my title. First, the fight against Nonggayi is a big fight on a big fight card. Second, I want to avenge my brother ‘Panchito,’ who lost to the South African. And third, I want my own revenge against him because he beat me on a bad night, and on September 24 he will pay dearly those two victories over the Arces.”

Outside of the ring, Jorge has a very engaging personality and charisma, confidence, and energy to spare. Inside the ring, he has an aggressive style, skills and power, and always makes exciting fights.

He became a crossover star in Mexico a few years ago after appearing on the reality TV shows “Big Brother V.I.P.” and “Dancing for a Dream.” He also recently completed another reality TV show, “El Desafio.” [The Challenge]

He enters the ring wearing a black cowboy hat with a lollipop in his mouth. He said through an interpreter, “When I started boxing, I would always get real nervous before fights. They said the lollipop would help sooth my nerves. So, ever since I started, I always had the lollipop. I just started wearing the hat the last few years. The people where I’m from in Sinaloa, everybody wears those hats. It identifies me, where I come from. I also wear a rosary that I put on myself. It’s a gold one that my mother gave me.”

Jorge won the WBO light flyweight (108 pounds) world title at the age of 19 in December, 1998, and lost it in his second defense the following July. He won the WBC light flyweight world title at 23 in July, 2002, and made seven successful title defenses. He vacated the title to move up in weight and won the WBC interim flyweight (112) world title in July, 2005. He vacated that title after five successful defenses to move up in weight again.

Regarding his nickname, he said, “I was a very hyperactive kid. I was always getting in trouble somewhere here and there, you know, pulling girls’ hair, making everybody cry, hitting them. They were saying, ‘Man, this kid is a real menace.’ So, Travieso means ‘menace.’ ”

Key Fights – 2011 – WON WBO Jr. Featherweight WORLD TITLE – in his last fight on 5-7-11 in Las Vegas, NV, he TKO’d previously undefeated defending champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (20-0-1): the fight was co-featured with the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley main event – it was fast-paced and exciting, and stole the show; Jorge started fast – he swept the 1st and 2nd rounds and won the 3rd round on two scorecards, although he was cut over his left eye by a clash of heads; Vazquez rallied and scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 4th, but Jorge won the 5th and 6th rounds on two scorecards; the momentum shifted back and forth in the second half of the fight – Vazquez won the 7th on two scorecards, Jorge swept the 8th round, then Vazquez won the 9th on two scorecards and swept the 10th round; but Jorge staggered Vazquez in the 11th and swept the round; he rocked Vazquez with a series of punches in the 12th round – Vazquez’ corner entered the ring to signal the end, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:55; after 11 rounds, the fight was scored 107-102 Arce, 104-104, 104-10

After Capturing the title, Arce made one successful defense against Simphiwe Nongqayi by 4th round TKO. Arce later decided to go back down in weight to the Bantamweight division, for the opportunity to capture the vacant WBO bantamweight title and become the first Mexican boxer in history to capture five titles in different weight classes. In a hard fought match against Angky Angkota, Arce was able to come out with a unanimous decision vistory, and capture the title in a fifth different division.

Brian Viloria

He won the WBO flyweight title by defeating Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda by unanimous decision in Honolulu, Hawaii to win his third career title.

Viloria is a Filipino-American boxer with an outstanding amateur and professional career.

In 1999, as an amateur, Viloria won the US championships, the national Golden Gloves and the world title, but did not win a medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics (lost to the eventual gold medalist Brahim Asloum).

His most impressive performance was when he defeated Ulises “Archie” Solis, who at the time was in an 11-fight unbeaten streak.

His last bout was on December 10,2011 against Giovani Segura. Brian Viloria defeated  Segura by 8th Round TKO.

 

REGIONAL TITLES:

1. NABF Flyweight Champion

2. WBC Youth Flyweight Champion

WORLD TITLES:

1. WBC Jr. Flyweight Champion

2. IBF Jr. Flyweight Champion

3. WBO Flyweight Champion