EC boxing boss Erol Ceylan has shown his commitment to world class boxer Karo Murat by signing him on a four-year contract.
Ceylan said: “Karo has come to us because he believes in us, and because he is sure we can get him another chance at a world title fight.”
The first and only world title chance until now came for Murat in October last year when he lost in Atlantic City against the big favorite and IBF champion Bernard Hopkins over twelve rounds on points.
“The cuts I suffered strongly hindered me, otherwise I could have step up a gear,” said Murat. “But I was simply not strong enough.”
However, after Sauerland bosses decided not to extend his contract not, Murat has moved on and Ceylan is grateful to sign a great fighter like the Iraqi-born 30-year-old, who he believes in fully: “I think he fits perfectly into our team and wil fit alongside our other troops Christian Hammer and Nuri Seferi enormously. I know that Murat himself also believes he can bring his career further foward with ECB.”
Currently, Murat is trained in Berlin with Uli Wegner, however soon he will come to Hamburg and prepare with coach Oktay Urkal for his next fight.
On when Karo Murat will make his debut for ECB, Mr Ceylan said: “Our next date is live on EuroSport on October 31 and that is when Karo Murat is definitely lined up to climb back into the ring. We have a choice between Hamburg and Berlin – yet we have not finally decided,” he added.
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