Sebastian Sylvester will defends his middleweight title against mandatory challenger Daniel Geale on May 7 in Neubrandenburg, Germany, it was formally announced Monday.
Sylvester (34-3-1, 16 knockouts) outpointed Mahir Oral in October, his most-recent fight. He pulled out of a fight against Mehdi Bouadla that was scheduled for January because of a viral infection.
“It was not a good start to the year but I took a long break and now I am ready to fight again,” the German said. “I really look forward to returning to Neubrandenburg. I have to make up for the late cancellation last time with an entertaining performance and a big win.”
Geale (24-1, 15 KOs) is coming off a 12th-round knockout of former titleholder Roman Karmazin in October in his native Australia.
“I am prepared for a tough challenge,” Sylvester said. “As the top-ranked contender, Geale poses a big threat. But I will defend my title.”
Sylvester holds the IBF 160-pound belt.