|Birth||3 June 1967, Berlin|
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
In May 2008, a comeback was planned against Dariusz Michalczewski in Germany, but the match never materialized.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|34 fights||34 wins||0 losses|
|34||Win||34–0||Armand Krajnc||UD||12||27 Mar 2004||Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany||Retained WBA (Super) and IBF super-middleweight titles|
|33||Win||33–0||Robin Reid||UD||12||13 Dec 2003||Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany||Retained WBA (Super) and IBF super-middleweight titles|
|32||Win||32–0||Mads Larsen||MD||12||6 Sep 2003||Messe, Erfurt, Germany||Retained WBA (Super) and IBF super-middleweight titles|
|31||Win||31–0||David Starie||UD||12||14 Jun 2003||Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany||Retained WBA (Super) and IBF super-middleweight titles|
|30||Win||30–0||Byron Mitchell||SD||12||15 Mar 2003||Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany||Retained IBF super-middleweight title; |
Won WBA (Super) super-middleweight title
|29||Win||29–0||Rudy Markussen||UD||12||16 Nov 2002||Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany||Retained IBF super-middleweight title|
|28||Win||28–0||Joe Gatti||TKO||9 (12), 2:43||24 Aug 2002||Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany||Retained IBF super-middleweight title|
|27||Win||27–0||Thomas Tate||UD||12||1 Jun 2002||Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany||Retained IBF super-middleweight title|
|26||Win||26–0||Rick Thornberry||UD||12||16 Mar 2002||Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany||Retained IBF super-middleweight title|
|25||Win||25–0||Anthony Mundine||KO||10 (12)||1 Dec 2001||Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, Germany||Retained IBF super-middleweight title|
|24||Win||24–0||James Butler||UD||12||1 Sep 2001||Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany||Retained IBF super-middleweight title|
|23||Win||23–0||Ali Ennebati||TKO||11 (12), 2:28||29 Jun 2001||Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany||Retained IBF super-middleweight title|
|22||Win||22–0||James Crawford||KO||8 (12), 2:52||24 Mar 2001||Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany||Retained IBF super-middleweight title|
|21||Win||21–0||Silvio Branco||UD||12||16 Dec 2000||Europahalle, Karlsruhe, Germany||Retained IBF super-middleweight title|
|20||Win||20–0||Charles Brewer||SD||12||2 Sep 2000||Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany||Retained IBF super-middleweight title|
|19||Win||19–0||Tocker Pudwill||UD||12||3 Jun 2000||Europahalle, Karlsruhe, Germany||Retained IBF super-middleweight title|
|18||Win||18–0||Lloyd Brian||UD||12||11 Mar 2000||Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany||Retained IBF super-middleweight title|
|17||Win||17–0||Glen Johnson||UD||12||27 Nov 1999||Philips Halle, Düsseldorf, Germany||Retained IBF super-middleweight title|
|16||Win||16–0||Thomas Tate||TD||11 (12), 0:25||4 Sep 1999||Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany||Retained IBF super-middleweight title; |
Unanimous TD after Ottke sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
|15||Win||15–0||Gabriel Hernández||UD||12||8 May 1999||Philips Halle, Düsseldorf, Germany||Retained IBF super-middleweight title|
|14||Win||14–0||Giovanni Nardiello||KO||3 (12), 2:30||27 Feb 1999||Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany||Retained IBF super-middleweight title|
|13||Win||13–0||Charles Brewer||SD||12||24 Oct 1998||Düsseldorf, Germany||Won IBF super-middleweight title|
|12||Win||12–0||William Krijnen||UD||10||22 Aug 1998||Leipzig Trade Fair, Leipzig, Germany|
|11||Win||11–0||Asmir Vojnović||UD||12||30 May 1998||Riesa, Germany||Won WBC International light-heavyweight title|
|10||Win||10–0||Stephane Nizard||UD||8||21 Mar 1998||Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany|
|9||Win||9–0||Allen Smith||DQ||5||28 Feb 1998||Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, Germany|
|8||Win||8–0||Ali Saidi||UD||10||13 Dec 1997||Düsseldorf, Germany||Won German light-heavyweight title|
|7||Win||7–0||Roman Babaev||UD||8||18 Oct 1997||Vienna, Austria|
|6||Win||6–0||Fermin Chirino||UD||6||30 Aug 1997||Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany|
|5||Win||5–0||Yuri Filipko||UD||8||22 Jun 1997||Cologne, Germany|
|4||Win||4–0||Andy Flute||UD||6||1 Jun 1997||Riesa, Germany|
|3||Win||3–0||Teymuraz Kekelidze||PTS||6||26 Apr 1997||Leipzig, Germany|
|2||Win||2–0||Jason Hart||TKO||2 (6), 1:44||13 Apr 1997||Cologne, Germany|
|1||Win||1–0||Eric Davis||PTS||6||22 Mar 1997||Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany||Professional debut|