10 Europeans to Watch in 2011

Jonas Billstein

By Tomasz Marciniak Jan 18, 2011
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Jonas Billstein (9-0)

At just 19 years old, and with barely over a year of pro experience, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Germany's top light heavyweight is still rough around the edges. However, in late 2010, the Cologne teenager took a big step up in opposition, handing then-unbeaten German powerhouse Mathias Schuck his first loss, and far more impressively, defeated well-regarded Dutch prospect Hans Stringer on points less than seven weeks later. Billstein is a strong athlete and, even at such a young age, has already had the experience of fighting in a five-round bout, an incredibly precious commodity in an environment in which promotions like to book two-round fights, such as his bout with Stringer.

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