One of the promising boxers to come from the country of Germany is Michel Trabant. He was born May 11, 1978.
Nicknamed the “Phantom,” Michel is based in Berlin and started professional boxing in 1995. Michel began amateur boxing at the age of ten. By 1994 his record tallied 48 wins, a draw, and 4 losses. The same year also saw him become the International German Junior Champion.
He had his first professional fight at the age of 16, defeating Marc Piette at Hamburg, Germany. Two months later, the two boxers met again with Trabant still winning. Trabant then proceeded to win against caliber boxers in the country and on occasional trips abroad. By 1997 it was clear that his orthodox style had the makings of a champion. He further cemented this by winning over Mike Reissman for the BDB German Welterweight title.
After four other fights, he won the WBO Inter-continental Welterweight title against Eric Jakubowski. He continued his undefeated record until early 2003. Along the way, he was able to successfully defend his title against Bobby Elkins and Mickhail Boyarskikh. At the same time, he also won and defended the EBU European title.
On September 2003, he fought against Jose Antonio Rivera for the WBA World Welterweight title. The title was vacant since the former holder Ricardo Mayorga was promoted to the WBA super champion. Michel got knocked down on the second round and eventually got his first professional loss.
He was able to bounce back from the defeat and regained his composure quickly by winning European Union EBU Welterweight title against Michele Orlando. He also won his next fight with Marco Cattikas, but the game turned out to be a no contest after officials found out that Trabant had been using anabolic steroids. After the one-year suspension, Michel became active in ring again and biding his chance to get his next title.