This weekend’s action on BoxNation focuses on German stars Alem Begic and Benjamin Simon who clash for the vacant WBO Intercontinental Super-Middleweight Title in Hollywood, California on Sunday 19th May.
Both men have ambitions of making it big, especially unbeaten Begic, who has knocked out 19 of his 22 victims.
Here’s are the Channel of Champions' top five German boxers:
5) ARTHUR ABRAHAM
King Arthur is one of German boxing’s most recent heroes winning World Title at Middleweight and Super-Middleweight. He brought great success for Sauerland Events. He won the IBF Middleweight crown in December 2005 after beating Kingsley Ikeke and made 10 defences before relinquishing and moving to Super-Middleweight.
He was expected to go well in the Super Six, but was disqualified against Andre Dirrell and given a boxing lesson by Carl Froch. He eventually picked up the WBO Super-Middleweight crown making five defences - two against Liverpool’s Paul Smith.
4) SVEN OTTKE
There was criticism because he never left Germany, but retired with a 34-0 record and made 21 World Title defences. He became IBF Super-Middleweight Champion when he outpointed Charles Brewer in October 1998 and unified the WBA belt during the final stages of his career when he defeated Byron Mitchell.
Among his World Title victims were Britons Robin Reid and David Starie. As an amateur he boxed at three Olympic Games, won two European gold medals and a bronze at the World Championships.
3) DARIUSZ MICHALCZEWSKI
Polish-born Dariusz became a popular figure in the 1990s and early part of this century making a staggering 23 defences of his WBO Light-Heavyweight Title, only Archie Moore reigned longer in the division. His reign started in September 1994 when he defeated Kronk Gym star Leeonzer Barber and in his next fight captured to WBO Cruiserweight belt before returning to start his Light-Heavyweight run.
His finest win came in June 1997 when he beat IBF and WBA Champion Virgil Hill. Julio Cesar Gonzalez took his title in October 2003. He retired with a stunning 48-2 record. He was also a European Amateur Champion.
2) HENRY MASKE
Maske, who hails from the old East Germany, is one of the most popular German sportsmen in history. He was an Olympic gold medallist in 1988 and turned professional in 1990 after the Berlin Wall was torn down.
He won the IBF Title in 1993 against another great Champion Prince Charles Williams and made 10 defences before losing a split decision against Virgil Hill. Maske avenged his only career defeat more than 10 years later.
1) MAX SCHMELING
It will take someone special to come along and take the former World Heavyweight Champion’s crown as German boxing’s Kaiser. The historic win that makes him the best ever from his country was his 12th round KO of Joe Louis in 1936, although he lost the rematch in 1938. Both fights had serious political and racial overtones before war broke out.