JUERGEN BRAEHMER OPTIMISTIC TYRON ZEUGE WILL PREVAIL ON SATURDAY
Press Release: Ex-titleholder Juergen Braehmer says Paul Smith (38-6, 22 KOs) is not on the same level as Tyron Zeuge (20-0-1, 11 KOs). [Braehmer is Zuege's trainer] and is confident his protégé will defend the WBA regular title at 168 pounds on Saturday in Wetzlar, Germany, live on Sky Sports. Braehmer, who guided Zeuge to his WBA regular title win over Giovanni De Carolis on November 5th in Potsdam, Germany, believes we have yet to see the best of the Berlin boxer. “We do not underestimate Paul Smith, but if Tyron fights to his full potential, I have no doubt about the outcome of this fight,” said the former two-time title holder whose last fight was a loss to Nathan Cleverly. “Smith is a strong fighter. He has a lot of experience, but he’s not on the same level as Tyron.
“Tyron is a great fighter but we have still not seen the best of him yet. His last opponent, Isaac Ekpo, was an ugly fighter. That was not a clean fight and it was not a good night for Tyron, but he defended his title, and he learned a lot from that fight.
“Smith is a different type of fighter. I believe he will bring out the best in Tyron, and I’m expecting a great performance. Tyron has looked good in the gym. Tactically, he’s well prepared. He’s had a lot of tough sparring and his conditioning is better than ever.”
[The WBA recognizes George Groves as its primary champion at 168 pounds].