Vincent Feigenbutz (21-1, 19 KOs) can write boxing history on Saturday night by becoming Germany’s youngest ever World Champion with the vacant WBA World Super Middleweight title now on the line in his rematch with Giovanni De Carolis (23-6, 11 KOs) at the Baden-Arena in Offenburg, Germany.
Following twelve fiercely contested rounds, Feigenbutz came out on top in their first encounter on November 17, scoring a razor-thin points decision over his Italian opponent at the DM-Arena in Karlsruhe.
However, despite the positive result, the 20 year-old admits he was left disappointed with his display and is promising an improved performance when the super middleweights square off for a second time in Offenburg.
‘’The first fight against Giovanni was a real battle,’’ reflects the rising German star. ‘’Although I won the fight, I wasn’t happy with my performance as I know I can do better. I don’t want to use it as an excuse but I was recovering from a severe cold and therefore unable to fight to my full potential.
Feigenbutz and De Carolis were originally scheduled to contest the WBA’s interim World title, but Monday, the governing body announced that their fight will be for the ‘regular’ World title. Their ruling comes following Andre Ward’s move up to light heavyweight and the subsequent promotion of World Champion Fedor Chudinov to Super Champion.
The WBA’s decision adds even more significance to the hotly anticipated rematch between Feigenbutz and De Carolis, in which both boxers are eager to settle the score following their fiercely contested first encounter.
It also means that Feigenbutz, at just 20 years of age, can become Germany’s youngest ever World Champion, beating the previous record of Graciano ‘Rocky’ Rocchigiani, who was 24 years old when he first claimed World honours.
‘’This would be a massive achievement for me,’’ said Feigenbutz. ‘’It has been a life-long dream of mine to become the youngest German World Champion. However, I cannot let this affect my focus. I will need give everything in order to beat De Carolis, and will do my best to keep the belt in Germany.’’
‘’Vincent has a great chance to make history on Saturday night by beating Rocky’s record,’’ said promoter Kalle Sauerland. ‘’His first fight with De Carolis was one of the most dramatic battles of 2015, and the rematch already promised a lot of excitement, but now, with a World title on the line, we are looking at an international super fight!’’