WBO world champion Braehmer gets 16-month jail sentence

BERLIN Tue Jan 12, 2010 11:44pm IST

German boxer Juergen Braehmer celebrates after defeating Dmitry Sukhotsky of Russia during thier 12-round WBO cruiserweight title fight in the northern German city of Schwerin December 19, 2009.  REUTERS/Morris Mac Matzen/Files

German boxer Juergen Braehmer celebrates after defeating Dmitry Sukhotsky of Russia during thier 12-round WBO cruiserweight title fight in the northern German city of Schwerin December 19, 2009.

Credit: Reuters/Morris Mac Matzen/Files

BERLIN (Reuters) - WBO light heavyweight world champion Juergen Braehmer was handed a 16-month prison sentence by a German court on Tuesday for attacking two people in separate incidents two years ago.

Braehmer's lawyers said they would appeal the verdict while his promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl said it had not yet come into force. "Today's verdict is not yet legally binding," said Universum chief Kohl.

"We will calmly sit down and look at the verdict reasoning with his lawyers who have already announced they will appeal. So we still believe in his innocence," Kohl said in a statement.

Braehmer was found guilty by the court in the eastern city of Schwerin for hitting a woman in a Schwerin bar in May 2008 and physically attacking another person in one of the city's clubs in September of that year.

"I still believe in his innocence given there is no witness other than the accuser (in the May incident). He is still very much part of our plans," added Kohl.

The 31-year-old southpaw, who became world champion last year and has a 35-2 record, has had run-ins with the law for much of his career and had been convicted for violent behaviour in the past.

(Writing by Karolos Grohmann, Editing by Ken Ferris

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