German promoter Sauerland Event has won a purse bid to stage an IBF super middleweight eliminator between the UK’s Zach Parker (19-0, 13 KOs) and Germany’s Stefan Haertel (22-5 including the World Series of Boxing). The winner will become the mandatory contender to Caleb Plant. With a bid of $118,530, the European promotional powerhouse Team Sauerland saw off competition from another German entity, SES Boxing who submitted their own bid of $115,550. Sauerland will announce shortly the date and venue of the bout.
Parker produced a career best performance in his last outing as he halted Australia's Rohan Murdock inside the distance in early March, whilst Germany’s 2012 Olympian Haertel forced a fifth-round stoppage against David Zegarra in November 2019.
Promoter Nisse Sauerland was delighted to win the purse bids and believes Parker has the ability to overcome his experienced opponent. “We are very happy to win the purse bids and to be able to stage this great fight,” said Sauerland. “Zach Parker is an elite athlete and we believe he will be crowned a World Champion in the very near future. We know Stefan Haertel very well, but we are confident in Zach taking care of business. England vs Germany is a great sporting rivalry and we know the fans will be in for a treat when leather starts to fly as these fighters battle for their shot at a world title."