By Marcus Richardson, photo by Wende — In his first defense of his WBO super middleweight title Arthur Abraham (36-3, 28 KO’s) put in an impressive performance in stopping #14 WBO Mehdi Bouadla (26-5, 11 KOs) in the 8th round on Saturday night at the Arena Nürnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg (Nürnberg), Bayern, Germany. Bouadla was cut on the right eyelid in the 7th, and it was giving him major problems in the 8th round at the time the fight was halted. Bouadla was just taking one-way punishment in that round when the referee wisely stepped in and halted the fight.
In rounds one through four, Abraham attacked Bouadla with punches in bunches and then would tire out and then let Bouadla have an opportunity to land his own shots. Surprisingly, Bouadla turned out to be a very respectable puncher and it was an eye opener to see him unloading on Abraham. The last time I had seen Bouadla fight against Mikkel Kessler last year, Bouadla wasn’t able to lay a glove on Kessler and was quickly taken out in a 6th round stoppage. But against Abraham, Bouadla landed a lot of heavy shots. Part of the reason for that is the 5’9″ Abraham’s lack of size, but the other reason was that Abraham kept allowing Bouadla to have chances to land his shots by backing up to the ropes. Continue reading
Mehdi Bouadla: 74,7 kg / 164.7 lbs – Arthur Abraham : 76,2 kg / 168 lbs
Jean Michel Hamilcaro: 69.1 kg / 152.3 lbs – Jack Culcay: 69.6 kg / 153.4 lbs
Juho Haapoja: 88.8 kg / 195.8 lbs – Mateusz Masternak: 88.5 kg / 195.1 lbs
Pictures: Photo Wende — Arthur Abraham (35-3, 27 KOs) is looking forward to the first defence of his World Boxing Organization Super-Middleweight title. The 32-year-old returns to the ring at the ARENA NUERNBERGER VERSICHERUNG on December 15 where he will meet challenger Mehdi Bouadla (26-4, 11 KOs) from France.
By Jeff Sorby: WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (35-3, 27 KO’s) makes a defense of his title tonight against Mehdi Bouadla (26-4, 11 KO’s) at the Arena Nürnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg (Nürnberg), Bayern, Germany. This shouldn’t be too tough of a fight for the 32-year-old Abraham because Bouadla, 5’8”, doesn’t have the size, speed, power or the boxing ability to do what other fighters did one after to Abraham in the Super Six tournament in his embarrassing attempt at competing against the best at 168.
Bouadla has very limited size, and he’s about as tall as the average welterweight, but he’s fighting at super middleweight. For Abraham, 5’9”, Bouadla is perhaps the only fighter he’s faced at 168 that he’s got a height advantage over. Not being big is going to create a lot of problems for Bouadla because It’s going to mean that he’ll have to stand and trade with Abraham, and that’s probably not going to go well for Bouadla.
Bouadla got apart last year when he stepped it up a couple levels in terms of competition in his fight with Mikkel Kessler. Bouadla was destroyed in only six rounds by Kessler, who looked like he was toying with him the entire time. It was effortless for Kessler because Bouadla was short and didn’t have the speed or power to make a fight of it. Continue reading
The tension is building! Will Arthur Abraham (35-3, 27 KOs) be successful in his first defense of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Crown against Mehdi Bouadla (26-4, 11 KOs)? If it is up to Promoter Kalle Sauerland, Abraham’s super-middleweight reign will be just as successful as he was during his days at the middlewight. Back then, the prodigy of coach Ulli Wegner defended the IBF Belt on ten occasions before he took the step up to the higher weight class. “His victory over Stieglitz in August was just the beginning. I truly believe that Arthur is back at his best and has some glorious years ahead of him,” Sauerland said during Wednesday’s press conference in Nuremberg, Germany.
Of course, Abraham agreed with his promoter. The 32-year-old is excited about putting his title on the line in Franconia. “I feel comfortable entering the ring as the champion. In hindsight, maybe I should have picked some easier fights for the transition from middleweight to super-middleweight. However, I went straight in there with the best the division has to offer and it has been a learning curve for me. That is exactly why I’m so happy to have won the World Title in August,” said the WBO Champion. “I am fully aware of the fact that this will be a tough fight. This could be the last chance of Bouadla’s career to win a world championship. He will try everything he can.” Continue reading
Photo: Udo Dreier — By Bill Phanco: WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (35-3, 27 KO’s) isn’t taking any chances that he might get beaten in his first title defense of his newly won World Boxing Organization 168 pound title, so he’s dipped down low in the WBO rankings to find Frances’ Mehdi Bouadla (26-4, 11 KO’s) for a nice easy win this Saturday night at the Arena Nürnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg (Nürnberg), Bayern, Germany. Abraham considers a strong test, and it’s hard to understand what he’s talking about because Bouadla didn’t look good in getting destroyed last year by Mikkel Kessler in a 6th round knockout defeat.
Abraham must have felt like he was in a meat grinder when he tested his skills against the very best in the super middleweight division in the Super Six tournament. Abraham was beaten left and right by almost every fighter he faced, and when the tournament was over Abraham left licking his wounds and was dismissed by a lot of boxing fans as a finished fighter. However, his promoters have rejuvenated him by matching him against a couple of fringe level contenders and then arguably the weakest of the champions Robert Stieglitz, and presto, Abraham’s career has been turned around.
It’s hard to see it that way, though. It just looks like one paper champion has been switched for another, although Abraham still has talent to give a lot of fighter problems on any given day. It’s just that he doesn’t have the size or the talent to beat the really good fighters at super middleweight. Continue reading
Arthur Abraham (35-3, 27 Kos) is in Nuremberg. The WBO Champion got to Franconia yesterday, after fighting his way from Berlin through the snow-ridden Germany. His opponent, Mehdi Bouadla (26-4, 11 KOs) flew out to Germany this morning. In the afternoon, the two fighters met for the first pre-fight appointment, the open workout session.
However, it was Ulli Wegner who was the cause for the biggest surprise of the day. Abraham’s coach, who is normally known for being quite tough on his fighter, was full of praise for his prodigy. “I have to admit, that Arthur has been giving it a 100 percent during every single training session. I just hope that he will show up with the same attitude once he stands inside the ring with Mehdi Bouadla,” said the 70-year-old. “As a coach you have to make sure that your prodigy keeps his feet firmly on the ground, but he definitely deserved it to be praised.”
Abraham himself was seemingly surprised about the positive acknowledgment by his trainer. He was almost lost for words. “Praised by Mr. Wegner? I am not really used to that. I don’t know what to say.” Continue reading
Mehdi Bouadla (26-4, 11 KOs) will be travelling to Nuremberg, Germany next week with a lot of self-confidence. The man from France will take on WBO Super-Middleweight World Champion Arthur Abraham (35-3, 27KOs) on December 15. And the 30-year-old is prepared to cause a big upset in his first world title bout. Although his training schedule keeps him very busy, he managed to take out some time for a quick interview.
(Picture: News5 / Ott) Arthur Abraham (35-3, 27 KOs) is looking forward to the first defence of his (World Boxing Organization (WBO) Super-Middleweight title. The 32-year-old, who dethroned the previous Champion Robert Stieglitz in Berlin in August, returns to the ring at the ARENA NUERNBERGER VERSICHERUNG on December 15 where he will meet challenger Mehdi Bouadla (26-4, 11 KOs) from France.
During the first official press conference on Tuesday, Abraham was seemingly relaxed. “It is a great feeling to be a world champion again. The title has not changed me as a person; I am still the same Arthur Abraham as I was before. But being in possession of the belt is important to me, I sleep a lot better.”
After winning the IBF Middleweight World Championship back in 2005 and ten successful defences of the belt, it took a while before Abraham got back to the top of the game. “It is very special for me to defend the WBO title in Nuremberg. I spent a lot of my youth in Franconia and it is where I learnt how to box. Back in the day, I used to put on the gloves for 1.FC Nuremberg”, said Abraham. Continue reading
(Picture: Alexander Kock) On August 25 Arthur Abraham (35-3, 27 KOs) dethroned Robert Stieglitz and took the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Super-Middleweight Championship off him. Now the date is set for his first title defence. The champion takes on Mehdi Bouadla (26-4, 11 KOs) in Nuremberg, Germany, on December 15.
It is going to be a special fight for Abraham. “It was such a relief after I won the title against Robert Stieglitz. There were quite a few experts who said I wouldn’t be able to become the super-middleweight champion,” said the 32-year-old. “Now I have to prove that I deserve to be at the top. I cannot afford to be complacent when I take on Mehdi Bouadla.”
The challenger from Aulnay-sous-Bois, France, would like nothing more than to cause a huge upset against coach Ulli Wegner´s prodigy. After suffering a defeat to the hands of Danish Superstar Mikkel Kessler in June 2011, the 30-year-old came back with some impressive performances and presented himself in great shape. After four victories in a row, the World Boxing Organization currently ranks him at number twelve. Continue reading
By Michael Collins: WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (35-3 27 KO’s) won’t be taking any chances for his first title defense of his World Boxing Organization belt by opting not to face a super middleweight contender at all and instead defend his title against middleweight Mehdi Bouadla (26-4, 11 KO’s) on December 15th in Nuremburg, Germany.
I guess Abraham’s handlers must not have liked what they saw of the top 15 contenders that the WBO had listed and chose to instead to fight the short 5’8″ Boudla, who is ranked #13 WBA in the middleweight division. Abraham can definitely win this fight, although it’s not exactly sporting to be fighting a bottom dweller from a division below. If you’re going to take an opponent from a lower division you’d like to see that fighter be a top 5 ranked guy instead of someone near the bottom like Bouadla.
Abraham, 32, won the WBO 168 pound title last August over German based Robert Stieglitz. Abraham had too much power for the limited Stieglitz and it was a pretty clear cut win for Abraham. However, Stieglitz was considered a paper champion by a lot of boxing fans and he was bound to lose his title sooner or later once he finally fought someone with semi-decent skills. Continue reading