Rüdiger May

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Ruediger May
Statistics
Real name Rüdiger May
Weight(s) cruiserweight
Height 6 ft 5.5 in (1.97 m)
Nationality German
Born (1974-11-26) 26 November 1974 (age 43)
Meerane, Germany
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 52
Wins 43
Wins by KO 11
Losses 6
Draws 3
No contests 0

Ruediger May (born 26 November 1974 in Meerane, Saxony) is a prolific German cruiserweight boxer known for his stinging jab. He has previously held the German BDB cruiserweight title and the EBU-EU (European Union) cruiserweight title.

Professional[edit]

As an amateur he boxed in 76 fights, managing to win 55, before turning professional on 26 February 1994 at the age of 19. He boxed his first professional fight in San Jose, California, winning the bout against Fred Simmons, by unanimous decision.

He went on to win his first 24 pro fights before winning the German BDB cruiserweight title on 4 September 1999 with a points victory over Silvio Meinel. This was however followed by his first professional defeat at the hands of Turkish boxer Turan Bagci in Spain. After 2 successful title defenses against Michael Klötzsch and Firat Arslan, May was given a shot at the EBU (European) cruiserweight title in a bout against Ukraine's Alexander Gurov in 2001. Gurov had won the European cruiserweight championship belt from no other than May's brother, Torsten May, that same year. Rudiger lost the bout however by TKO in the 4th round, his second pro defeat.[1]

In 2002 he boxed Alexander Petkovic, with both the WBC International cruiserweight title and German International cruiserweight title at stake. The fight ended in a disappointing draw. In 2003 however May won the vacant EBU-EU (European Union) cruiserweight title with a victory over Frenchman Frédéric Serrat. He managed 3 title defences before being given another shot at the EBU (European) cruiserweight title in 2004 against the holder Vincenzo Cantatore, a former Italian heavyweight champion and holder of the WBC International cruiserweight title. He boxed to another draw and the belt remained with Cantatore.

That same year May's promoter Wilfried Sauerland secured him a world championship fight with WBO title holder Johnny Nelson. May missed his opportunity though, losing the bout by TKO in the 7th round.[2]

In April 2005 May fought Poland's Krzysztof Wlodarczyk for the vacated EBU-EU (European Union) cruiserweight title but was beaten by knockout in the tenth round. Due to an alleged lack of prospects in professional boxing, May's promoter Sauerland arranged a better matched duel for May against the emerging and then still undefeated Marco Huck.[3] May lost the fight on points over ten rounds.

After a two-year break from boxing, May returned to the ring on 31 March 2007 in a successful comeback fight against Sven Hazel. After two more victories he was handed another world championship fight, this time against WBC International cruiserweight title holder Herbie Hide in March 2008. May lost the bout by technical knockout in the second round, Hide's power proving too much for May, despite his height advantage.[4][5]

Record[edit]

43 Wins (11 knockouts, 32 decisions), 6 Loss, 3 Draws
Res. Opponent Type Rd. Date Venue Location Notes
Loss United Kingdom Herbie Hide TKO 2 11 March 2008 Maritim Hotel Germany Halle an der Saale, Germany Bout for Hide's WBC International cruiserweight title
Win Latvia Jevgenijs Andrejevs Decision (Unanimous) 6 17 November 2007 Sporthalle "Neue Zeit" Germany Schwedt, Germany
Win Republic of Macedonia Dzemail Skrijeli KO 3 7 July 2007 Kölnarena Germany Cologne, Germany
Win Germany Sven Haselhuhn TKO 6 31 March 2007 Olympiahalle Germany Munich, Germany
Loss Bosnia and Herzegovina Marco Huck Decision (Unanimous) 10 3 September 2005 International Congress Center Germany Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany
Loss Poland Krzysztof Wlodarczyk KO 10 16 April 2005 Poland Bydgoszcz, Poland vacant EBU-EU (European Union) cruiserweight title
Win Poland Roman Bugaj Decision (Unanimous) 8 4 December 2004 Estrel Convention Center Germany Neukölln, Berlin, Germany
Loss United Kingdom Johnny Nelson TKO 7 4 September 2004 Grugahalle Germany Essen, Germany Bout for Nelson's WBO cruiserweight title
Draw Italy Vincenzo Cantatore Draw 12 5 June 2004 Chemnitz Arena Germany Chemnitz, Germany Bout for Cantatore's EBU (European) cruiserweight title
Win United States Nate Zeikle KO 2 28 February 2004 Mehrzweckhalle Germany Dresden, Germany
Draw Italy Vincenzo Rossitto Draw 10 22 November 2003 Erdgas Arena Germany Riesa, Germany Retained EBU-EU (European Union) cruiserweight title
Win France Alain Simon Decision(Unanimous) 10 6 September 2003 Messehalle Germany Erfurt, Germany Retained EBU-EU (European Union) cruiserweight title
Win Belgium Ismail Abdoul Decision(Unanimous) 10 31 May 2003 Brandenburg Halle Germany Frankfurt, Germany Retained EBU-EU (European Union) cruiserweight title
Win France Frédéric Serrat TD 7 15 March 2003 Max Schmeling Halle Germany Berlin, Germany Won the vacant EBU-EU (European Union) cruiserweight title
Win United States Eric French TKO 4 1 February 2003 Chemnitz Arena Germany Chemnitz, Germany
Draw Bosnia and Herzegovina Alexander Petkovic Draw 12 20 July 2002 Westfalenhalle Germany Dortmund, Germany WBC International cruiserweight title ~ German International cruiserweight title
Win Armenia Vage Kocharyan Decision (Unanimous) 8 27 April 2002 Sachsen Arena Germany Riesa, Germany
Win Czech Republic Vladislav Druso Decision (Unanimous) 8 9 March 2002 Brandenburg Halle Germany Frankfurt, Germany
Loss Ukraine Alexander Gurov TKO 4 1 December 2001 Westfalenhalle Germany Dortmund, Germany Bout for Gurov's EBU (European) cruiserweight title
Win Algeria Mohamed Ali Bouraoui TKO 2 1 September 2001 Bördelandhalle Germany Magdeburg, Germany
Win Turkey Firat Arslan Decision (Unanimous) 10 19 May 2001 Maritim Hotel Germany Cologne, Germany Retained German BDB cruiserweight title
Win Ivory Coast Henry Mobio Decision(Unanimous) 8 24 March 2001 Bördelandhalle Germany Magdeburg, Germany
Win Liberia Lee Manuel Ossie Decision 12 27 January 2001 Sachsen Arena Germany Riesa, Germany
Win Algeria Mohamed Ali Bouraoui Decision(Unanimous) 8 16 December 2000 Europahalle Germany Karlsruhe, Germany
Win Germany Michael Kloetzsch TKO 3 2 September 2000 Bördelandhalle Germany Magdeburg, Germany Retained German BDB cruiserweight title
Win United Kingdom Darron Griffiths Decision 8 6 May 2000 Ballsporthalle Germany Frankfurt, Germany
Loss Turkey Turan Bagci Decision 8 2 November 1999 Spain Ciudad Real, Spain
Win Germany Silvio Meinel Decision 10 4 September 1999 Germany Meinsdorf, Brandenburg, Germany Won German BDB cruiserweight title
Win Ghana Francis Fofoh Decision 8 8 May 1999 Philipshalle Germany Düsseldorf, Germany
Win United Kingdom Nigel Rafferty Decision(Unanimous) 8 27 February 1999 Max-Schmeling-Halle Germany Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg, Germany
Win United States Matthew Charleston Decision 6 5 December 1998 Germany Cologne, Germany
Win Belgium Geert Blieck Decision 6 10 October 1998 Austria Vienna, Austria
Win Netherlands Marco van Spaendonck Decision 6 23 March 1998 Max-Schmeling-Halle Germany Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg, Germany
Win Czech Republic Peter Hrivnak Decision 6 6 December 1997 Germany Neuwied, Germany
Win United States Stephen Brown Decision 6 5 October 1997 Germany Gera, Germany
Win United Kingdom Simon McDougall Decision 6 1 June 1997 Germany Riesa, Germany
Win United States Jerry Halstead Decision 6 26 April 1997 Germany Leipzig, Germany
Win United States Dan Kosmicki Decision 6 22 March 1997 Max-Schmeling-Halle Germany Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg, Germany
Win United States Mike McGrady Decision 6 7 December 1996 Austria Vienna, Austria
Win United Kingdom Albert Call Decision 6 19 October 1996 Zoo-Gesellschaftshaus Germany Frankfurt, Germany
Win United States Tim St Clair TKO 5 25 May 1996 Neue Messehallen Germany Leipzig, Germany
Win Slovakia Slavomir Selicky Decision 6 20 April 1996 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany
Win United States Carlos Vásquez KO 2 23 March 1996 Madison Square Garden United States New York City, United States
Win United States Ed Mosley KO 2 17 February 1996 Westfalenhalle Germany Dortmund, Germany
Win United Kingdom Cliff Elden Decision 6 29 January 1996 Café Royal United KingdomPiccadilly, London, United Kingdom
Win United States Scott Lindecker KO 1 3 November 1995 Zoo-Gesellschaftshaus Germany Frankfurt, Germany
Win United States Sean Gibbons KO 4 9 September 1995 Seidenstickerhalle Germany Bielefeld, Germany
Win United Kingdom John Keeton Decision (Unanimous) 6 11 February 1995 Festhalle Frankfurt Germany Frankfurt, Germany
Win United Kingdom Steve Osborne Decision 6 26 November 1994 Germany Wuppertal, Germany
Win United Kingdom Art Stacey Decision 6 8 October 1994 Gerry Weber Stadion Germany Halle, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Win United Kingdom Nicky Wadman Decision 4 17 September 1994 Germany Leverkusen, Germany
Win United States Fred Simmons Decision (Unanimous) 4 26 February 1994 The Event Center Arena United States San Jose, United States pro debut

Other Information[edit]

His brother is Torsten May, who is also a boxer.

In 2008 May spent a period of time as David Haye's sparring partner in Hayes preparation for his title defence fight with Enzo Maccarinelli and May's preparation for his world championship showdown with Herbie Hide.[6][7] .

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mundine knocked out in ten". SecondsOut. 2001-12-01. Retrieved 2010-07-21.
  2. ^ "Nelson defends WBO crown". BBC Sport. 2004-09-04. Retrieved 2010-07-21.
  3. ^ "Marco Huck v Ruediger May". Life. 2005-09-03. Retrieved 2010-07-21.
  4. ^ "Herbie Hide stops May, calls out Haye". boxingscene. 2008-11-03. Retrieved 2010-07-21.
  5. ^ Herbie Hide vs Ruediger May on YouTube
  6. ^ "Ruediger May accepts David Haye's offer". boxingscene. 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2010-07-21.
  7. ^ "Rüdiger May spars with David Haye: "He wanted me because of my jab!"". east side boxing. 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2010-07-21.

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