DUSTIN DIRKS GETS A HOMETOWN BOUT IN BERLIN
Press Release: Berlin will host a big show on August 25th, featuring Robert Stieglitz vs. Arthur Abraham for the WBO super middleweight title. Just added to the show is a light heavweight bout featuring the homecoming of Dustin Dirks (24-0 with 18 KOs). The German will be facing Sandro Siproshvili (25-13 with 12 KOs).
Dirks' latest success came in a fight against former European champion Thomas Ulrich on May 5th, when the Berlin native won by KO and received praise from the international press. “I wasn’t really aware of that,” said Dirks. “Obviously I am happy to receive recognition for what I do. A lot of people know Thomas Ulrich from his days at the top. Therefore, most people didn’t expect such a one-sided affair.”
But Dirks keeps his feet firm on the ground. “You shouldn’t overestimate that fight. Thomas Ulrich wasn’t able to perform as well as he did during his prime. Nevertheless, it was an important victory for my standing in the game. Ulrich is still a ‘big’ name in the world of boxing.”
On August 25th, Dirks will step into the ring as the favorite to win. “The record of Siproshvili looks good, but so far, every time he fought against a big name boxer he didn’t perform that well. I saw his last fight against Karo Murat, which he lost. But I know that I shouldn’t underestimate him. He throws a mean hook and seems to be jumping at his opposition. My footwork will have to be spot on. So I know what I have to work on during my preparations.”
The young German is definitely excited about fighting in Berlin. “It is amazing to be fighting in my hometown in front of my home crowd,” said the 23-year-old. “The fact that the fight will take place at the o2 World makes it even more special. I have been to the arena on various occasions, but always as a spectator. This time I will be there to box.”
Also on the card is Jack Culcay vs. Frederic Serre.