Sven OttkeSuper Middleweight
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- Born: June 03, 1967
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- Age: 56
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- Nationality: German
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Sven Ottke is a name that is synonymous with greatness when it comes to professional boxing. A former unified super-middleweight world champion, Ottke dominated the sport during his seven year career, which spanned from 1997 to 2004. He achieved a lot during his time in the ring, with a professional record of 34 wins and 0 losses, making him one of the greatest boxers of his generation.
Born on 3 June 1967 in Berlin-Spandau, West Germany, Ottke had a stellar amateur career before transitioning to professional boxing. He won a bronze medal in the middleweight division at the 1989 World Championships and represented his country at various international competitions, including the European Championships in 1991, 1993, and 1996.
Ottke made his professional debut at the age of 29 on March 22, 1997, against Eric Davis, winning via a six-round points decision. He won his first world title after just 12 fights, facing Charles Brewer for the super-middleweight IBF title on October 24, 1998. Ottke won the bout via a 12 round split-decision, becoming the super-middleweight champion of the world.
By the time he stepped down as an undefeated world champion on March 27, 2004, he had successfully defended his IBF title 21 times with a record of 34 wins and 0 losses, including six knockouts. Ottke was the fourth European boxer to retire as undefeated world champion, following in the footsteps of Jack McAuliffe, Terry Marsh, and Michael Loewe, while Joe Calzaghe later became the fifth.
Ottke's career highlights were marked by some of the greatest fights in boxing history. On February 27, 1999, he successfully defended his IBF super-middleweight title against Giovanni Nardiello, winning via a third-round knockout. Over the next four years, he defended his title against 20 boxers including Thomas Tate (twice), Glen Johnson, Silvio Branco, James Butler, Anthony Mundine, Charles Brewer in a rematch, and a controversial points win against Robin Reid.
Ottke was a durable and attritional fighter, with most of his wins coming by points decisions rather than knockouts. Notably, he refused to defend his title outside of Germany, and referees and ringside officials were often German. There were allegations that both the refereeing and some of the points decisions were biased, which led to some controversy in the boxing community.
His fighting style was highly effective, characterized by his patience, quick reflexes, and ability to outmaneuver his opponents. Ottke had great footwork and was a master of positioning, always finding himself in an advantageous position to strike. His overall boxing IQ was off the charts, as he had an uncanny ability to read his opponents, anticipate their moves, and react accordingly.
Ottke's greatest fights included wins over some of the most skilled boxers of his era, such as Robin Reid, Mads Larsen, Giovanni Nardiello, Joe Gatti, Charles Brewer, Anthony Mundine, and James Crawford. These victories cemented his legacy as one of the greatest boxers in history.
Sven Ottke retired from professional boxing with a lasting legacy, having accomplished some remarkable feats during his career. Throughout his seven-year stint in the sport, he remained undefeated and cemented his place in boxing history as one of the most skilled and dominant fighters of his generation.
Sven Ottke Fight Record
|34||Mar 27, 2004||36||Armand Krajnc||Win||UD|
|33||Dec 13, 2003||36||Robin Reid||Win||UD|
|32||Sep 6, 2003||36||Mads Larsen||Win||MD|
|31||Jun 14, 2003||36||David Starie||Win||UD|
|30||Mar 15, 2003||35||Byron Mitchell||Win||SD|
|29||Nov 16, 2002||35||Rudy Markussen||Win||UD|
|28||Aug 24, 2002||35||Joe Gatti||Win||TKO9|
|27||Jun 1, 2002||34||Thomas Tate||Win||UD|
|26||Mar 16, 2002||34||Rick Thornberry||Win||UD|
|25||Dec 1, 2001||34||Anthony Mundine||Win||KO10|
|24||Sep 1, 2001||34||James Butler||Win||UD|
|23||Jun 29, 2001||34||Ali Ennebati||Win||TKO11|
|22||Mar 24, 2001||33||James Crawford||Win||KO8|
|21||Dec 16, 2000||33||Silvio Branco||Win||UD|
|20||Sep 2, 2000||33||Charles Brewer||Win||SD|
|19||Jun 3, 2000||33||Tocker Pudwill||Win||UD|
|18||Mar 11, 2000||32||Lloyd Brian||Win||UD|
|17||Nov 27, 1999||32||Glen Johnson||Win||UD|
|16||Sep 4, 1999||32||Thomas Tate||Win||TD|
|15||May 8, 1999||31||Gabriel Hernández||Win||UD|
|14||Feb 27, 1999||31||Giovanni Nardiello||Win||KO3|
|13||Oct 24, 1998||31||Charles Brewer||Win||SD|
|12||Aug 22, 1998||31||William Krijnen||Win||UD|
|11||May 30, 1998||30||Asmir Vojnović||Win||UD|
|10||Mar 21, 1998||30||Stephane Nizard||Win||UD|
|9||Feb 28, 1998||30||Allen Smith||Win||DQ|
|8||Dec 13, 1997||30||Ali Saidi||Win||UD|
|7||Oct 18, 1997||30||Roman Babaev||Win||UD|
|6||Aug 30, 1997||30||Fermin Chirino||Win||UD|
|5||Jun 22, 1997||30||Yuri Filipko||Win||UD|
|4||Jun 1, 1997||29||Andy Flute||Win||UD|
|3||Apr 26, 1997||29||Teymuraz Kekelidze||Win||PTS|
|2||Apr 13, 1997||29||Jason Hart||Win||TKO2|
|1||Mar 22, 1997||29||Eric Davis||Win||PTS|