Last week inCanada, forty six year old Bernard Hopkins defied Mother Nature and became the oldest man in the boxing ring to win a world title belt. That record was held by Big George Foreman for almost seventeen years, who at the age of forty five knocked out Michael Moorer for a heavyweight title in 1994. Next Saturday inLos Angeles, German middleweight, Sebastian Zbik will try to break another record when he faces Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for WBC middleweight title.
“It was eighty years when Max Schmeling won the last championship fight,” said Sebastian Zbik referring to German boxers fighting inAmerica:”So we can make history inGermanywith that fight.” Actually it was only seventy five years ago, in June of 1936, when Max Schmeling knocked out Joe Louis in New York at the Yankee Stadium in a bout that was later named the Fight of the Year by the Ring Magazine. Just to keep the record straight that bout in 1936 was not a championship fight, but their rematch in 1938 when Joe Louis knocked out Black Uhlan of theRhinein the very first round was for a heavyweight crown.
The last German middleweight to attempt that feat was Felix Strum who lost a controversial decision to Oscar De La Hoya in 2004. Arthur Abraham moved up to super middleweight and stopped Edison Miranda inMiamiin 2008, but that was not a championship fight.