Germany’s youngest professional boxer Leon Bauer (7-0, 6 KOs) makes his American debut on April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The 17-year-old super middleweight talent will be fighting on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao’s third and final fight with Timothy Bradley, which also features countryman ‘King’ Arthur Abraham’s WBO title defense against Gilberto Ramirez.
In crossing the Atlantic, Bauer will not only become the youngest German fighter to have fought in Las Vegas, but also the youngest fighter to have ever been licensed to box in the fight capital of the World.
On April 9, Bauer will be 17 years and 233 days old, breaking the previous record of Jose Benavidez, who was 10 days older when making his professional debut in 2010 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
‘’This is going to be an incredible moment for me,’’ said Bauer. ‘’I’m very grateful to my promoter Team Sauerland for giving me this opportunity. I look forward to being a part of such a huge occasion and showcasing my skills in front of the American fans.’’
‘’I think Leon will prove very popular with the American audience. He may even become the next German Wunderkind,’’ said promoter Kalle Sauerland in a reference to one of Germany’s most successful sporting exports, NBA superstar, Dirk Nowitzki.
‘’He has a bright future ahead of him. At just 17 years of age, he has already shown a lot of potential, and with the right guidance, we are sure he can go all the way!”