Arthur Abraham receives new IBF belt

Arthur Abraham got a new IBF belt! Three weeks after it was stolen from his car at Miami International Airport following his impressive victory over Edison Miranda, Wilfried Sauerland surprised the IBF middleweight champion with a special gift during a team dinner in Berlin. "I know how much the belt means to him so I tried very hard to get a new one," the manager said. "It is of big symbolic value to him. I was very impressed by his performance in Florida. I know he can beat every opponent everywhere.."

King Arthur was overwhelmed. "It is not the same to be world champion when you don't have a belt. I spoke to Mr Sauerland a couple of days ago to find out when I could likely get a new one. He said that might take a while. Now I am really surprised and very happy about this special gift."

Abraham also thanked his coach Ulli Wegner and all Team Sauerland members for their support. "It would have never been possible for me to clinch all those victories on my own. I am very grateful to have such a great team around me and thank everybody very much."

Article posted on 11.07.2008

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