Team Sauerland to celebrate with 35th anniversary card

Wilfried Sauerland is celebrating the 35th anniversary of his first show in Germany with a boxing card Sept. 26 in Berlin. Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Hall of Fame promoter Wilfried Sauerland’s first show in Germany, where he became one of the most significant promoters in European history, Team Sauerland -- now run by his sons Kalle and Nisse Sauerland -- will put on a card on Sept. 26 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin.

In the main event, interim junior middleweight titlist Jack Culcay (20-1, 10 KOs) will defend his belt for the first time when he meets Australia’s Dennis Hogan (22-0-1, 7 KOs). Super middleweight Tyron Zeuge (17-0, 10 KOs) will meet former European champion Eduard Gutknecht (28-3-1, 11 KOs) in the co-feature.

Sauerland helped bring big-time boxing back to Germany on Sept. 26, 1980, by promoting a light heavyweight fight between Chisanda Mutti and Uwe Meinicke at Cologne's Sartory Hall. Sauerland would go on to promote world title fights involving Rene Weller, Graciano Rocchigiani, Henry Maske, Axel Schulz, Sven Ottke and Arthur Abraham, among others, as boxing set television viewing records and sold out arenas across the country.

“Boxing was a hobby that became a passion that still burns today,” Sauerland said at the news conference to announce the anniversary show on Monday. “I’m very proud of my sons Kalle and Nisse, who share this passion and are guiding the next generation of German world champions.’’