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Arthur Abraham - Andre Dirrell Interview Highlights

NEW YORK (March 4, 2010) ó Super Six World Boxing Classic standings leader ďKingĒ Arthur Abraham and Andre ďThe MatrixĒ Dirrell both took part in a media conference call on Thursday to talk about their Group Stage 2 matchup. The two square off March 27, 2010, at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich., live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).

The Armenian Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) currently leads the Super Six point standings with three points by way of his last-second knockout against American Jermain ďBad IntentionsĒ Taylor Oct. 17 in Berlin, Germany. The former middleweight bronze medalist at the 2004 Summer Olympics from Flint, Mich., Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs) dropped a close 12-round decision to Carl Froch for the World Boxing Council (WBC) World Championship the same night in Nottingham, England..

The event is being promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Sauerland Event.


ARTHUR ABRAHAM

ďThis is a really big chance for me to be a big star in America. Itís what Iíve been looking for. I really feel that there is so much interest from America and from SHOWTIME and from the journalists in the Super Six. Iím just really happy to be here and this is a great chance for me.Ē

ďI guess it will be a little bit of an advantage for him to fight in front of his home fans, but inside the ring we are all just by ourselves and you have to fight on your own, so that shouldnít be a problem.

ďI never really expect the KO. If you have that kind of attitude you donít get it and you wonít win. All Iím expecting is a win for myself and that is the most important thing.

ďMy sparring partners copy Andre Dirrellís style every day and they run away a lot. So, Iím prepared for that. If you compare Dirrell and (Jermain) Taylor they have different styles. Taylor is more a fighter and more aggressive while Dirrell is more of a technical guy who is very fast.Ē

On having to move his training camp from California back to Berlin:

ďItís not been a problem at all. Itís all about attitude. We had a very good time training in California. It was sunny. We had a good, hard training camp there. Now, weíre back in Germany and next headed to Detroit, so it shouldnít be any problem at all. Iíve never really been bothered by the jet lag.

ďIt would have been nice to fight in Palm Springs because there would have been more Armenian fans than in Detroit, but, at the end of the day, it doesnít really matter. Whatís important is what happens inside the ring.

ďThe super middleweight division is so much better for me. I can eat more and I can punch harder and I can train harder.

ďIíve watched Andreís fight against Froch several times now. Heís more of a technical fighter. That is what he does, so you have to be prepared for that. You have to pick your sparring partners to copy his style and thatís what weíve done. We have a game plan and thatís what you will see once we step into the ring.Ē

Is there any added pressure fighting with an unbeaten record?

ďThereís always pressure when Iím fighting because I always want to win.

ďI expect him to be running a lot because that is his tactic. He will be running around. Thatís what he likes to do. At times he will come to fight but itís tough to say right now. We will see.Ē


ANDRE DIRRELL

ďItís unfortunate I hurt my back, but Iím 90 percent back and still pushing forward and getting everything ready with preparations for my victory over Arthur Abraham.

ďFighting at home is going to be a real confidence booster for me. I call it a do-or-die situation for me. Iím training harder than I ever did and even smarter than I ever did because I always train hard. Iím highly prepared for battle on the 27th.Ē

How did the back injury occur?

ďI was sparring with one of my sparring partners and I turned and when I stepped to the side of him before I turned all the way to face him I took a punch across my body and thatís how I threw my back out.

ďIíve trained with many guys that fight like Arthur Abraham. He has awesome defense, heís very explosive and has dangerous weapons he brings into the ring.Ē

On his last fight with Carl Froch:

ďIt was a championship fight. It was in his hometown. I had a game plan but it unfolded when he started using dirty tactics. But Iíve learned from that. Going into the late rounds my mind was kind of wondering if I could go 12 rounds. By the ninth round I figured 12 would be a cinch. And I finished strong. But as far as the holding went it wasnít part of the game plan. I wasnít meant to hold that much, but because of the dirty tactics, he threw me off my game plan. When I got on the inside I clenched a little too much, and so Iím working on that right now. Iím prepared for anything now. When Arthur Abraham steps into the opposite corner as me Iíll be ready to get busy and get this win.

ďWinning is everything right now. I already have one loss and I canít lose again or Iím out of the tournament. So, Iím coming off a loss and looking for that victory. Iím just working hard to get that victory and if the knockout comes it comes.

Is Abraham looking past you?

ďIíve heard a few comments in the media where heís said Dirrell will be easy but hey, whoís to say. Heís says heís going to go into the ring with a game plan and I believe that. And Iím going to do the same thing.

ďThis isnít just big for Detroit or for Flint but for all of Michigan. Detroit is one of the legendary spots in boxing so thatís why I wanted to bring the fight there -- to show the Detroit boxing fans that boxing is not dying. Itís coming here and itís here to stay.

ďLike Iíve said before you just canít stand in front of Arthur Abraham. His power is right there in front of him and heís got strong hooks. Heís very explosive. Iíve seen the Taylor fight and I saw Jermain stand in front of Arthur. Thatís something that you just canít do.

ďThe Froch fight put me in great position for where I currently stand mentally and physically. Froch was a tough fight. It was his hometown and for a world title and my first 12-rounder. So all that experience came into one and letís me know where I stand in this boxing game. Not just in the Super Six but in the boxing game in general. Hopefully Iíll become world champion very soon.Ē

Article posted on 05.03.2010



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