A few weeks ago i travelled with a fighter to Germany to fight on the Byrd v Klitschcko card in Mannheim . We signed a contract to box Alex Povetkin (the Olympic Superheavyweight champ from the 2004 games in Athens Greece.) The contract was to fight an 8 round heavyweight attraction for $ x amount.. We arrived in Germany on day 1 and were told that we were only allowed one specified man in our fighters corner due to some mix up, and until we kicked up such a fuss we would have had to manage like they dictated it to us. Our fighter was a previous contender at heavyweight and we were really going backwards in boxing over 8 at the very least. The hotel room was horrific and until fight day we had to sleep on tiny box beds with a man drilling outside our window for 24 hours. They then started to look very concerned at the weigh in when our man looked extremely comfortable and well conditioned and they looked almost ready to pull out due to a heart attack or something , there was a lot of whispering and then blank faces as they took the shots of each fighter. Then the funny stuff began..word had it that they wanted the fight cut from 8 to 6 to suit the Olympian.. we just thought it was just scare mongering so we just left it alone. Fight day... was just a joke..
1.. No TV monitor in our dressing room and we had no idea when we were to be boxing...
2... a tiny bucket of ice between 9 fighters for all the water, mouthguards, vaseline, cutsmans equipment etc.. until we went hunting and had to pay off a champaign bar nearby for a large box of ice..
3.. No towels , and when we did get them we had to use old used towells with blood ,sweat and spit on them..
4.. Bottled water supplied by Povetkins promoter with the seales BROKEN and the water warm !!!
5.. when the gloves arrived we had began to rub them and warm them up so the leather would be supple , then 10 mins before the fight , they were robbed by one of saurlands men, whom chose to mess us about... We had to get an HBO TV man to go get them back for thier TV fights..
6... The best one of all.. 20 minutes to fight time , with no consultation,, our heavyweight fight was cut for no reason from 8 to 6 rounds.. when we threatened to pull out they told us we would not be paid and we had no choice.. We then got some guy called Don Majeski teling us that we would be included in the superfighter bullshit tournament that is due to be held in Australia if we agreed .. ( which by the way is complete garbage and is just a hoax as you all will find out soon enough..) we eventually were hustled into the arena , and the 6 rounder was over before it had even begun.. Povetkin ran and slipped around the ring and did enough to grab a decent win before our heavyweight could even get a chance to do any good work like the 10 , 12 round fighter that he is.. Povetkin is good , but we did deserve a fighting chance and certainly were shoved around like cattle and treated with absolutely no respect what so ever.. The final day in Germany was for us to pack and be transported to the airport by Sauerland promotions drivers, but even then a Sauerland PR lady's boyfriend needed a ride and we had to take an extra cab to the airport costing over $200's .
All i can say is the Sauerland is a phoney set up and the have absolutely no respect for any fighter that is decent enough to go and box against one of thier clowns on one of Wilfreds 2 bit shows , KLitschcko and Byrd were amazing yet , they held thier own half of the promotion seperately through K2 promotions.. God bless them all .. i just hope what goes around comes around..
We lost fair and square , but i did not appreciate the way we were held to ransom to better thier mans record.. If you ever have a boxer that is offered the chance to box on a Sauerland card over seas , think again, I hope you get treated more civilized than we did.. peace ..