Vincent Feigenbutz (21-1, 19 KOs) can write boxing history on Saturday night by becoming Germany’s youngest ever champion with the vacant WBA 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.
Feigenbutz and De Carolis were originally scheduled to contest the WBA’s interim World title, but yesterday, 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.
It’s a further showcase of just how ridiculous the WBA’s “championships” are, with their endless string of meaningless titles – interim, regular and super.
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!’’