The last time light heavyweight titlist Juergen Braehmer of Germany boxed in the city of Rostock in his home country he was participating in his first world title bout, but lost a decision to Hugo Hernan Garay in 2008.
Now in his second reign with an alphabet belt, Braehmer will return to the Stadthalle in Rostock on April 5 to make his first title defense against former cruiserweight titlist Enzo Maccarinelli of Wales, promoter Kalle Sauerland of Sauerland Event announced at a news conference on Tuesday.
The 35-year-old Braehmer (42-2, 31 KOs), a southpaw, claimed a vacant belt on Dec. 14, scoring a knockdown in the 10th round and winning a unanimous decision against American Marcus Oliveira.
The 5-foot-11 Braehmer will be facing an experienced and much bigger opponent in the 6-foot-4 Maccarinelli. From 2006 to 2008, Maccarinelli held a cruiserweight world title until losing it by second-round knockout to David Haye in a unification fight. After Maccarinelli (38-6, 30 KOs), 33, suffered other brutal knockouts, he dropped down in weight to light heavyweight in 2012.
"Size doesn't matter as the title will stay in Germany," Braehmer said. "Maccarinelli is a quality operator and a former world champion -- a tough task to handle inside the ring. Still, I believe that I know what it takes to beat him."
Maccarinelli has been knocked out in all of his losses, some of which were devastating. Some have said he should retire, but he has won three bouts in a row by knockout and he is confident of winning his second world title.
"I am from Wales but have Italian roots. In terms of [soccer] you can compare this to Germany versus Italy -- and we all know that Italy was always successful against Germany when it came to the point," Maccarinelli said. "Come April 5, I will only be the second prizefighter after Bob Fitzsimmons to have won a world title, come down to light heavyweight and win a second world championship."