Jens Tietze (15-1, 15 KO): 45-year-old heavyweight KO artist returns July 31
It's extremely rare for a boxer to turn pro at the age of 37. In fact, most fighters' careers are winding down by then. But Jens Tietze, now 45, did just that and has succeeded in bucking the system.
He undoubtedly had his critics who balked at the idea of him turning pro so late but Tietze, nonetheless, is orchestrating a fine career.
On July 31, the 6′ 6½″ Tietze takes another step on his glorious journey when he steps in the ring against an opponent yet to be named.
Promoter: PSP BoxTeam
29/71 in Germany
We last saw Tietze, who hails from Germany, in October when he dispatched Friedrich Radic in less than one round. Will he earn another early stoppage next month?
Tietze turned pro in August 2013 and won his first five contests by first-round stoppage before getting iced in the second stanza against Evgenios Lazaridis (then 2-0) in June 2014. Since then, he's stopped all ten of his opponents inside the distance, recording five first-round knockouts in the process.
How far can Jens go - and will we see him eventually face one of Germany's powerbrokers, such as Agit Kabayel or Christian Hammer?