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Bunn vs Kölling: Weights from Koblenz, Germany

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Leon Bunn (14-0, 8 KOs) and Enrico Kölling (26-3, 8 KOs) both made weight ahead of Saturday’s IBF International Light Heavyweight domestic dust-up at the CGM Arena in Koblenz, Germany.


Bunn won the title with a ninth round stoppage in his last bout against Leon Harth in May 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany and hopes to improve his World ranking with a victory against World title challenger Enrico Kölling.

Kölling made weight at the second attempt, having been 100 grams over the limit the first time he stepped on the scales and also didn’t report to the press conference that took place before the weigh-in.


Undefeated 27-year-old Bunn says he is ignoring Kölling’s mind games and is confident his first-class camp will see him be rewarded with a victory on Saturday night.

IBF International Light Heavyweight Championship – 12 Rounds
Leon Bunn: 79kg
Enrico Kölling: 79.3kg

Official undercard weights:


Middleweight – 10 Rounds
Slawa Spomer: 73.2kg
Pavel Semjonov: 73kg

Featherweight – 8 Rounds
Sophie Alisch: 57.1kg
Irma Adler: 56.2kg

Heavyweight – 8 Rounds
Albon Pervizaj: 107.2kg
Dusan Veletic: 101.5kg

Light Heavyweight – 6 Rounds
Yasin Altunkaya: 78.2kg
Yosko Stoychev: 78.6kg

Super Middleweight – 6 Rounds
Enis Agushi: 75.5kg
Giorgi Jintcharadze: 75.7kg

Super Lightweight – 6 Rounds
Verena Kaiser: 61.5kg
Myriam Dellal: 61.7kg

Cruiserweight – 6 Rounds
Hizni Altunkaya: 96.2kg
Cemal Gulsen: TBCkg

Middleweight – 4 Rounds
Eduard Janzen: 68.7kg
Stas Kindsvater: 70.4kg

Leon Bunn (14-0, 8 KOs) and Enrico Koelling (26-3, 8 KOs) headline the huge event titled Fighting For Future. Also in action is Team Sauerland’s rising stars Sophie Alisch and Albon Pervizaj. Completing the undercard are local stars Slawa Spomer (8-0, 5 KOs), Hizni Altunkaya (31-3, 18 KOs) and Yasin Altunkaya (14-0, 11 KOs) and more.

‘Fighting For Future’ on November 2nd is a special event that will see ticket revenue and money raised from the evening donated to three charities: Laughing Hearts, a charity that provides support and opportunities to children affected by poverty, Parents’ Initiative for Children with Cancer Koblenz, who provide support to the parents of children suffering from cancer in Koblenz and Education Unlimited, an education charity who encourage diversity and training across Europe.

Leon Bunn (14-0, 8 KOs) will defend his IBF International Light Heavyweight title against German rival Enrico Koelling (26-3, 8 KOs) in a huge domestic showdown on November 2 at the CGM Arena in Koblenz.

Bunn claimed the IBF title with a vicious ninth-round TKO win over Leon Harth on May 4 at the Fraport Arena in Frankfurt, and is looking forward to making his first defence against his former Team Sauerland stablemate Koelling.

Koelling, who represented Germany at the 2012 Olympics, is a former WBA Intercontinental Champion, who challenged Artur Beterbiev for the IBF World title, and most recently fought Dominic Boesel for the European crown.

“My last fight was a special night for me, to headline in front of thousands of fans in my home city was a night I will never forget,” said Bunn.

“I’m looking forward to defending my belt on November 2. Enrico brings a lot of experience into the ring and has shown his talent before. He can say whatever he wants, but I will let my fists do the talking in the ring.

“It’s going to be a great fight that all boxing fans can look forward to. I will defend my title and move on to achieve my next goal. Enrico Koelling cannot stop me!”

“Bunn is overrated. He hits a lot but doesn’t have any power,” says Koelling. “The time of the unbeaten ‘wannabe’ champions is over. A champion is someone who learns from his defeats and grows. Leon will have that chance after we fight.”

Bunn is backed by legendary trainer Ulli Wegner, who has been in the Frankfurt fighter’s corner since his professional debut in 2016.

“It will be an exciting fight and it’s one I’m looking forward to. I know Leon and I know Enrico, both are boxers who are looking to move forward,” said Wegner.

“Leon is unstoppable in my eyes. He wants to go all the way and achieve the maximum success. He has the determination and I am firmly convinced that he will beat Enrico.”

Promoter Nisse Sauerland is looking forward to returning to Koblenz following the success of Team Sauerland’s February 16 show at the CGM Arena.

“Leon Bunn against Enrico Koelling is a massive fight for German boxing,” said Bunn’s promoter Nisse Sauerland. “Enrico has fought for the European and World titles and Leon Bunn is one of the most exciting contenders in Germany.

“This is a real 50/50 fight between two of the best German light heavyweights and I can’t wait for fight night!”

PERVIZAJ BACK IN ACTION ON NOVEMBER 2ND

Team Sauerland’s 24-year-old heavyweight contender Albon Pervizaj (12-0, 9 KOs) returns to the ring on November 2nd in Koblenz as he faces unbeaten Bosnian Dusan Veletic (3-0-1, 2 KOs) over eight rounds at the CGM Arena.

Pervizaj is back in action following a first round stoppage of Alain Banongo in January and will look to continue his rise in the heavyweight ranks after returning from an enforced break from the sport having suffered from severe pneumonia.

“I couldn’t train or box for a long time so I can’t wait to get back in the ring,” said Pervizaj. “I am finally fit again, I’ve had a great training camp in Liechtenstein and I’m ready to fight.

“My opponent Dusan Veletic is a big fighter with an unorthodox style. He comes forward and likes to fight so it’s going to be an explosive night, that’s for sure!”

Having already beaten two undefeated boxers in Germany in just four fights, Veletic is building notoriety as a boxer capable of producing an upset, and he hopes to continue this against Pervizaj.

“I’ve already defeated two boxers in Germany who were unbeaten before and my goal is to do it again,” said Veletic. “Albon Pervizaj should not underestimate me, because I’m coming to Koblenz to knock him out!”

“We are delighted that Albon is returning to the ring after a long lay-off,” said Pervizaj’s promoter Nisse Sauerland. “I know Albon will be incredibly motivated to make a statement and his addition to the card alongside Leon Bunn and Sophie Alisch makes November 2nd even more exciting.

“The German boxing fans can look forward to a great evening, whether at the CGM Arena in Koblenz or watching live on Sport1!”

This heavyweight clash features on the undercard of the domestic dust up between Leon Bunn (14-0, 8 KOs) and Enrico Koelling (26-3, 8 KOs) as Bunn defends his IBF International Light Heavyweight title. 17-year-old Sophie Alisch is back for her fifth professional fight and she takes on World title challenger Irma Adler. Also on the undercard are local stars Slawa Spomer (8-0, 5 KOs), Hizni Altunkaya (31-3, 18 KOs) and Yasin Altunkaya (14-0, 11 KOs).

ALISCH FACES FORMER WORLD TITLE CHALLENGER IN KOBLENZ

Sophie Alisch (4-0, 1 KO) will face the toughest test of her career on November 2nd as the 17-year-old boxing sensation takes on former two-time World title challenger Irma Balijagic Adler (16-12, 8 KOs) at the CGM Arena, Koblenz.

The exciting German star returns to the ring following a dominant points win over Spain’s Vanesa Caballero at the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle in Ludwigshafen in August, and will hope to continue her ascent up the featherweight division with a fifth professional victory.

“I am very pleased to compete against such an experienced opponent and to be in an eight round fight for the first time,” said Alisch. “Irma Adler has already boxed the best in the world and for World Championship belts, but as always I am well prepared and have had a great training camp.

“I made my professional debut at the CGM Arena so I will return to Koblenz with many positive memories, and look to make more!”

Adler, who has twice challenged for WBO World Super Featherweight title against Germany’s Ramona Kühne and Poland’s Ewa Brodnicka, and has shared the ring with a number of world-class fighters including Eva Wahlstrom, Delfine Person and Erica Farias, believes her experience will prove the difference on November 2nd.

“I know Sophie is very young and people are expecting great things from her, but I am much more experienced,” said Adler. “I am expecting a fantastic fight and will give my best to get the victory!”

“Sophie has had an excellent first year as a pro and she’s ready for these bigger tasks,” said promoter Nisse Sauerland. “It is unbelievable that she’s already so dominant at seventeen.

“Having her first fight over eight rounds against an opponent as experienced as Irma Adler will bring Sophie further forward. We think she’s ready for a title fight soon, maybe in 2020.”

This tantalising featherweight clash features as chief support for Leon Bunn (14-0, 8 KOs) versus Enrico Koelling (26-3, 8 KOs) as Bunn defends his IBF International Light Heavyweight title. Also on the undercard are local stars Slawa Spomer (8-0, 5 KOs), Roman Gorst (6-0, 5 KOs), Hizni Altunkaya (31-3, 18 KOs) and Yasin Altunkaya (14-0, 11 KOs).

‘Fighting For Future’ on November 2nd is a special event that will see ticket revenue and money raised from the evening donated to three charities: Laughing Hearts, a charity that provides support and opportunities to children affected by poverty, Parents’ Initiative for Children with Cancer Koblenz, who provide support to the parents of children suffering from cancer in Koblenz and Education Unlimited, an education charity who encourage diversity and training across Europe.

All the action from the CGM Arena is available to watch live on Sport1 in Germany. Tickets are available online via www.eventim.de, www.adticket.de and www.westticket.de.

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