Braehmer confident ahead of Krasniqi fight

When Germany’s Juergen Braehmer defended his secondary light heavyweight title against Pawel Glazewski of Poland on Dec. 6, the fight lasted all of 55 seconds, the quickest light heavyweight title bout in sanctioning body history.

It was so quick because Braehmer drilled him with a single body shot to retain his belt for the third time.

“Sometimes a single punch is all it takes," Braehmer said. “Whether this comes in the first round or 12th round, it’s impossible to predict at this level. But when the opportunity does come, I will take it.”

Braehmer’s next defense will come Saturday against Robin Krasniqi (43-3, 16 KOs) at the StadtHalle in Rostock, Germany, and figures to last a lot longer than 55 seconds. Krasniqi, 27, a native of Kosovo living in Germany, has never been stopped.

While Braehmer (45-2, 33 KOs), a 36-year-old southpaw, said he is prepared for a tougher fight, he is still as confident as ever.

“Krasniqi is a young, ambitious fighter who wants to take my title away from me. But that’s not going to happen,” Braehmer said. “As always, I will defeat my opponent and retain my title.”

Krasniqi is riding a four-fight winning streak since losing his only previous world title bout, a unanimous decision -- a near shutout -- to then-light heavyweight titleholder Nathan Cleverly in London in April 2013.

“This is the most important fight of my life,” Krasniqi said. “A win on Saturday would change everything for me. That opportunity [against Cleverly] may have come to soon for me, but now I’m ready.

“It’s a big honor to share the ring with a prolific fighter like Braehmer. He was already a top-notch boxer when I started my professional career [in 2005]. It would mean a lot for me to win and claim my first world championship against him, especially as my coach, Dirk Dzemski, was beaten twice by Braehmer in the amateurs. I will avenge those losses for him.”

The promoters are, of course, backing their guys.

Kalle Sauerland, Braehmer’s promoter, said: “I’ve seen that Krasniqi’s team has the slogan ‘Mission World Champion’ on their cars. I regret to inform them that it is ‘Mission Impossible.’ Juergen is going to win.”

Said Ulf Steinforth, Krasniqi’s representative: “It is my job to get my boxers in a position to challenge for world titles -- everything else is up to them. I am convinced that Robin will rock Rostock and bring the world title home.”