Abraham Decisions Eastman!

17.07.05 - By Colin Clive: Howard Eastman, 34, was in over his head, once again in losing to the talented Armenian Arthur Abraham (17-0, 15 KOís) in their WBA Intercontinental title fight in Nuremberg, Germany on Saturday. It was the second consecutive loss for Eastman, who recently was equally dominated by Bernard Hopkins on February 2005, losing by 12 round unanimous decision. Abraham controlled the bout from the very start, landing combinations that, for the most part, were unanswered by Eastman, who was limited to a passive counter puncher roll.

Eastman (40-3, 34 KO's) was badly hurt in the fourth round after getting tagged by two big left hands by Abraham. Somehow, Eastman was able to make it out of the round without going down.

In the later rounds, Eastman attempted to mount a rally, but was beaten back by Abraham, forcing him to passively retreat and take more punishment.

Eastman later on said, "He is raw and strong but not in my league.Ē "I want a rematch in London."

"I did enough to win the fight. He might be strong and raw but he is not in my league.

The question is, why didnít Eastman throw more punches? The short answer is he got rocked by Abrahamís big right hands every time he tried to mount an offence, which caused him to drastically limit his punch output rather than taste more leather.

Strangely enough, after the bout, Eastman was angry with the judges decision, feeling as if he were somehow treated unfairly, even though he was completely outworked by Abraham, in my view of the fight.

"I am ashamed of the officials. I came to Germany as an amateur and I was robbed.ď

The judges scored it 116-112 115-113 119-110, all for Abraham.

Article posted on 17.07.2005

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