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Sven Ottke (born 3 June 1967) is a German former professional boxer who competed from 1997 to 2004. He was a unified super-middleweight world champion, having held the IBF title from 1998 to 2004, and the WBA (Super) title from 2003 to 2004. With 21 successful title defences, Ottke was the third European boxer to retire as an undefeated world champion, after Terry Marsh and Michael Loewe; Joe Calzaghe later became the fourth. As an amateur, Ottke won a bronze medal in the middleweight division at the 1989 World Championships.

Sven Ottke
Sven Ottke mit seiner Frau Gaby Ottke 2.JPG
Ottke with his wife Gaby, 2015
Born (1967-06-03) 3 June 1967 (age 52)
Berlin-Spandau, West Germany
Other namesThe Phantom
NationalityGerman
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Division
Reach175 cm (69 in)
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofKarlsruhe, Germany
TrainerUlli Wegner
Years active1985–2004
Professional boxing record
Total34
Wins34
By knockout6
Losses0
Amateur record
Total308
Wins256
Losses47
Draws5
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec

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Early lifeEdit

Sven Ottke served two apprenticeships as a plasterer and industrial clerk. He became a member of the boxing club Spandauer BC 26 Berlin at the age of 14.

Amateur careerEdit

He rebutted his critics, which had complained that he had started too late, when he became German Champion at the age of 18 at Middleweight. Ten further titles would follow. He took part in the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games . He became European Champion in 1991 and 1996, and came third in 1993.

Ottke held amateur wins over Antonio Tarver, Chris Byrd, Michael Moorer, Zsolt Erdei and Juan Carlos Gómez.[1]

  • Amateur Record: 256-47-5
  • German Middleweight Champion (FRG) 1985–1989
  • German National Middleweight Champion (1990–1991, 1995–1996)
  • German National Light Heavyweight Champion (1992–1993)
  • Three time Olympian

Ottke finished his amateur career with a record of 256 wins, 47 losses (at least 4 by knockout,) 5 draws. As his professional career, he spent most of his amateur career within Germany. Of a few World Championships and Summer Olympics, which he participated in, Ottke did not manage to pass the quarterfinals (apart from the Moscow 1989, where he was dropped out of the semifinals.)[2]

Professional careerEdit

After 308 fights as an amateur, of which he won 256, he turned professional in 1997. Less than a year later on 24 October 1998, he won the IBF super middleweight championship from Charles Brewer via a disputed decision victory. After this he made 16 successful defenses of his IBF title against fighters such as Thomas Tate (twice), Glen Johnson, Silvio Branco, James Butler, Anthony Mundine, Charles Brewer in a rematch, and a controversial points win against Robin Reid. He was at the peak of his career when he won the WBA title on 13 March 2003 against WBA champion Byron Mitchell, winning by split points decision.

After successfully defending his title 21 times, Ottke stepped down as undefeated world champion on 27 March 2004. Ottke has a record of 34 wins and 0 losses as a professional, of which 6 were by knockout. He was named IBF "Fighter of the Year" in 2003.

Ottke was a durable and attritional fighter, with most of his wins coming by points decisions rather than knockout.

Notably, Ottke refused to defend his title outside Germany, and referees and ringside officials were often German. Both the refereeing and some of the points decisions were controversial.[3]

Planned comebackEdit

In May 2008, a comeback was planned against Dariusz Michalczewski in Germany, but the match never materialized.

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
34 fights 34 wins 0 losses
By knockout 6 0
By decision 27 0
By disqualification 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
34 Win 34–0   Armand Krajnc UD 12 27 Mar 2004   Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany Retained WBA (Super) and IBF super-middleweight titles
33 Win 33–0   Robin Reid UD 12 13 Dec 2003   Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany Retained WBA (Super) and IBF super-middleweight titles
32 Win 32–0   Mads Larsen MD 12 6 Sep 2003   Messe, Erfurt, Germany Retained WBA (Super) and IBF super-middleweight titles
31 Win 31–0   David Starie UD 12 14 Jun 2003   Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany Retained WBA (Super) and IBF super-middleweight titles
30 Win 30–0   Byron Mitchell SD 12 15 Mar 2003   Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title;
Won WBA (Super) super-middleweight title
29 Win 29–0   Rudy Markussen UD 12 16 Nov 2002   Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
28 Win 28–0   Joe Gatti TKO 9 (12), 2:43 24 Aug 2002   Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
27 Win 27–0   Thomas Tate UD 12 1 Jun 2002   Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
26 Win 26–0   Rick Thornberry UD 12 16 Mar 2002   Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
25 Win 25–0   Anthony Mundine KO 10 (12) 1 Dec 2001   Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
24 Win 24–0   James Butler UD 12 1 Sep 2001   Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
23 Win 23–0   Ali Ennebati TKO 11 (12), 2:28 29 Jun 2001   Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
22 Win 22–0   James Crawford KO 8 (12), 2:52 24 Mar 2001   Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
21 Win 21–0   Silvio Branco UD 12 16 Dec 2000   Europahalle, Karlsruhe, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
20 Win 20–0   Charles Brewer SD 12 2 Sep 2000   Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
19 Win 19–0   Tocker Pudwill UD 12 3 Jun 2000   Europahalle, Karlsruhe, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
18 Win 18–0   Lloyd Brian UD 12 11 Mar 2000   Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
17 Win 17–0   Glen Johnson UD 12 27 Nov 1999   Philips Halle, Düsseldorf, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
16 Win 16–0   Thomas Tate TD 11 (12), 0:25 4 Sep 1999   Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title;
Unanimous TD after Ottke was cut from an accidental head clash
15 Win 15–0   Gabriel Hernández UD 12 8 May 1999   Philips Halle, Düsseldorf, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
14 Win 14–0   Giovanni Nardiello KO 3 (12), 2:30 27 Feb 1999   Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
13 Win 13–0   Charles Brewer SD 12 24 Oct 1998   Düsseldorf, Germany Won IBF super-middleweight title
12 Win 12–0   William Krijnen UD 10 22 Aug 1998   Leipzig Trade Fair, Leipzig, Germany
11 Win 11–0   Asmir Vojnović UD 12 30 May 1998   Riesa, Germany Won WBC International light-heavyweight title
10 Win 10–0   Stephane Nizard UD 8 21 Mar 1998   Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany
9 Win 9–0   Allen Smith DQ 5 28 Feb 1998   Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, Germany
8 Win 8–0   Ali Saidi UD 10 13 Dec 1997   Düsseldorf, Germany Won German light-heavyweight title
7 Win 7–0   Roman Babaev UD 8 18 Oct 1997   Vienna, Austria
6 Win 6–0   Fermin Chirino UD 6 30 Aug 1997   Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany
5 Win 5–0   Yuri Filipko UD 8 22 Jun 1997   Cologne, Germany
4 Win 4–0   Andy Flute UD 6 1 Jun 1997   Riesa, Germany
3 Win 3–0   Teymuraz Kekelidze PTS 6 26 Apr 1997   Leipzig, Germany
2 Win 2–0   Jason Hart TKO 2 (6), 1:44 13 Apr 1997   Cologne, Germany
1 Win 1–0   Eric Davis PTS 6 22 Mar 1997   Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany Professional debut

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Preceded by
Ali Saidi
German light-heavyweight champion
13 December 1997 – October 1998
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Thomas Ulrich
Preceded by
Asmir Vojnovic
WBC International light-heavyweight champion
30 May 1998 – October 1998
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Yawe Davis
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Charles Brewer
IBF super-middleweight champion
24 October 1998 – 27 March 2004
Retired
Vacant
Title next held by
Jeff Lacy
Preceded by
Byron Mitchell
as champion
WBA super-middleweight champion
Super title

15 March 2003 – 27 March 2004
Retired
Vacant
Title next held by
Mikkel Kessler