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Interview with Arthur Abraham

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Over the weekend Arthur Abraham cleared the final hurdle to set up a rubber match with WBO Super Middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz. It is likely their third meeting will take place in the first quarter of 2014 with things nicely poised at 1-1.
 
At the EWE-Arena, Oldenburg in Germany Abraham stayed active winning a near shut out decision 120-108 & 119-109 (twice).
 
A determined “King” Arthur who’s 38-4 with 28 inside the distance win says through his translator Thomas Schlabe of Sauerland Events “I wanted the best preparation possible. So that fight will be like a final rehearsal to me”.


Many have questioned whether the 33 year olds power’s are waning and if he is the man he once was inside the ring, it’s not something Abraham agrees with countering “I still think that I can show the fans and the experts that I am boxer of championship material” before adding “All I need is a chance to do so and to get it I must win my next fight”.
 
The former long reigning IBF Middleweight ruler who was born in Armenia but has lived in Germany since his mid teens, is one of the most popular fighters in his adopted homeland.

Here’s what Abraham who’s currently ranked WBC #15, WBO #1 while RING have him at #6 had to say following the win..
 
AW - You won a wide decision of Giovanni De Carolis last Saturday, what are your thoughts on that fight now?

AA - It was a good test for me. My goal is to fight for the WBO World Title again. I was able to hit De Carolis a lot of times, but I was not able to knock him out. But such a victory is better than a knock-out in the first round!

AW - Having won on the weekend, are your plan to fight Robert Stieglitz next?

AA - Yes. I was already named WBO mandatory after Willebeforce Shihepo but I wanted the best preparation possible. So this fight was like a final rehearsal to me.

 
AW - Is there a working date for your fight with Stieglitz?

AA - My promoter Kalle Sauerland told me, that we try to realize it in the beginning of next year.

AW - When you look at the first two fights with Stieglitz, what are your thoughts?

AA - Our first meeting at the O2World in Berlin was something special to me as I was crowned a two division world champion. Back then, I clearly outboxed Stieglitz. In the second fight I was a bit surprised with him going full throttle. I was not really in the fight when I suffered this freakish eye injury. I want settle our rivalry once and for all.
 
Anson Wainwright - Over the summer you won a twelve round decision over Willbeforce Shihepo, he gave you a tough fight, looking back what would you say about that fight?

Arthur Abraham - He was a relentless fighter and my goal was not to bang with him but to outbox him which I did to a certain point. It wasn’t my best performance but with the win I secured my chance to fight again for the world championship.

AW - Some people have questioned you, saying you have slipped a little from what you once were, how would you answer that?

AA - I am older and wiser nowadays. Of course I have critics and they praise me when I do good and they blame me when I perform not the way I should. I still think that I can show the fans and the experts that I am boxer of championship material. All I need is a chance to do so and to get it I must win my next fight.

AW - If I can take you back you were born in Yerevan, Armenia, can you tell us about your younger days and the path you took into boxing?

AA - When I was living in Armenia, I was a cyclist. Only when I moved to Germany at the age of 15 I was starting with boxing. Although I was already interested in boxing when I was 10 years old, Germany was the place of my first steps inside a squared circle.

AW - Tell us about your team, who is your manager, trainer & promoter, also where do you train & what is a typical day in training?

AA - My manager is Wilfried Sauerland and I am promoted by Sauerland Event. My coach is Ulli Wegner and I am training at the Max-Schmeling-Gym in Berlin, Germany. Normally, my coach addresses my team mates and me before we start to train. The training is customized for every boxer at our gym by my coach and his assistant Georg Bramowski. Before fights I have several performance tests to check on my current form.

AW - What are your thoughts on the Super Middleweight division?

AA - Andre Ward is the champion and rightfully placed on top of the rankings but my current goal is to secure a third meeting with Robert Stieglitz and to beat him. When I have done so I would like to get rematches with the fighters I have lost to. I want to prove that I can do better against them.

AW - Over the coming months it looks like Andre Ward will fight Edwin Rodriguez and also Carl Froch will fight George Groves, what do you think of each of those fights and who wins them?

AA - Besides punching power, Ward has every advantage in a fight against Rodriguez. His experience alone will give him his next victory. In the other fight I see Groves as a lively underdog and would not be surprised if he beats Froch. I was ringside for one of his latest victories and I am really impressed by him. He could well be one of the best in the future as he is still very young.

AW - You have fought many of the best Middleweights and Super Middleweight’s during your career, who would you say is the best and why?

AA - Ward. He is a master tactician against whom you need a special game plan which to this point nobody come close to figuring it out.

AW - When your not boxing what do you enjoy doing with your time?

AA - I like to watch other sports but I also try to play them like football and basketball.

AW - In closing do you have a message for the Super Middleweight division?

AA - It’s not about talking but performing. When I regained the WBO title from Stieglitz, I might give it a shot and have a few words to share but until then it’s just about what happens inside the ring!

Questions and/or comments can be sent to Anson at elraincoat@live.co.uk and you can follow him at www.twitter.com/AnsonWainwright


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