Sven Ottke

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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 50)
Berlin-Spandau, West Germany
Other names The Phantom
Nationality German
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Division
Reach 175 cm (69 in)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Karlsruhe, Germany
Trainer Ulli Wegner
Years active 1985–2004
Professional boxing record
Total 34
Wins 34
By knockout 6
Losses 0
Amateur career
Total 308
Wins 256
Losses 47
Draws 5
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec

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. He made 21 successful title defences, and 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.

Early life[edit]

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 career[edit]

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

Professional career[edit]

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.

Planned comeback[edit]

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

Professional boxing record[edit]

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 Sweden Armand Krajnc UD 12 27 Mar 2004 Germany Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany Retained WBA (Super) and IBF super-middleweight titles
33 Win 33–0 United Kingdom Robin Reid UD 12 13 Dec 2003 Germany Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany Retained WBA (Super) and IBF super-middleweight titles
32 Win 32–0 Denmark Mads Larsen MD 12 6 Sep 2003 Germany Messe, Erfurt, Germany Retained WBA (Super) and IBF super-middleweight titles
31 Win 31–0 United Kingdom David Starie UD 12 14 Jun 2003 Germany Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany Retained WBA (Super) and IBF super-middleweight titles
30 Win 30–0 United States Byron Mitchell SD 12 15 Mar 2003 Germany Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title;
Won WBA (Super) super-middleweight title
29 Win 29–0 Denmark Rudy Markussen UD 12 16 Nov 2002 Germany Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
28 Win 28–0 Canada Joe Gatti TKO 9 (12), 2:43 24 Aug 2002 Germany Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
27 Win 27–0 United States Thomas Tate UD 12 1 Jun 2002 Germany Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
26 Win 26–0 Australia Rick Thornberry UD 12 16 Mar 2002 Germany Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
25 Win 25–0 Australia Anthony Mundine KO 10 (12) 1 Dec 2001 Germany Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
24 Win 24–0 United States James Butler UD 12 1 Sep 2001 Germany Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
23 Win 23–0 France Ali Ennebati TKO 11 (12), 2:28 29 Jun 2001 Germany Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
22 Win 22–0 United States James Crawford KO 8 (12), 2:52 24 Mar 2001 Germany Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
21 Win 21–0 Italy Silvio Branco UD 12 16 Dec 2000 Germany Europahalle, Karlsruhe, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
20 Win 20–0 United States Charles Brewer SD 12 2 Sep 2000 Germany Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
19 Win 19–0 United States Tocker Pudwill UD 12 3 Jun 2000 Germany Europahalle, Karlsruhe, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
18 Win 18–0 Jamaica Lloyd Brian UD 12 11 Mar 2000 Germany Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
17 Win 17–0 Jamaica Glen Johnson UD 12 27 Nov 1999 Germany Philips Halle, Düsseldorf, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
16 Win 16–0 United States Thomas Tate TD 11 (12), 0:25 4 Sep 1999 Germany Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title;
Unanimous TD after Ottke sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
15 Win 15–0 Dominican Republic Gabriel Hernández UD 12 8 May 1999 Germany Philips Halle, Düsseldorf, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
14 Win 14–0 Italy Giovanni Nardiello KO 3 (12), 2:30 27 Feb 1999 Germany Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany Retained IBF super-middleweight title
13 Win 13–0 United States Charles Brewer SD 12 24 Oct 1998 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany Won IBF super-middleweight title
12 Win 12–0 Netherlands William Krijnen UD 10 22 Aug 1998 Germany Leipzig Trade Fair, Leipzig, Germany
11 Win 11–0 Croatia Asmir Vojnović UD 12 30 May 1998 Germany Riesa, Germany Won WBC International light-heavyweight title
10 Win 10–0 France Stephane Nizard UD 8 21 Mar 1998 Germany Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany
9 Win 9–0 United States Allen Smith DQ 5 28 Feb 1998 Germany Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, Germany
8 Win 8–0 Germany Ali Saidi UD 10 13 Dec 1997 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany Won German light-heavyweight title
7 Win 7–0 Russia Roman Babaev UD 8 18 Oct 1997 Austria Vienna, Austria
6 Win 6–0 Venezuela Fermin Chirino UD 6 30 Aug 1997 Germany Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany
5 Win 5–0 Russia Yuri Filipko UD 8 22 Jun 1997 Germany Cologne, Germany
4 Win 4–0 United Kingdom Andy Flute UD 6 1 Jun 1997 Germany Riesa, Germany
3 Win 3–0 Russia Teymuraz Kekelidze PTS 6 26 Apr 1997 Germany Leipzig, Germany
2 Win 2–0 United Kingdom Jason Hart TKO 2 (6), 1:44 13 Apr 1997 Germany Cologne, Germany
1 Win 1–0 United States Eric Davis PTS 6 22 Mar 1997 Germany Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany Professional debut

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

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