Wilfried Sauerland: No verbal agreement on Abraham vs Froch venue

(April 26, 2010) – Wilfried Sauerland has rebuffed Mick Hennessys claims about a potential verbal agreement on the venue for the decisive Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown between King Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch. After losing his WBC Super-Middleweight Title to Mikkel Kessler in a epic clash on Saturday, the Cobra is due to take on tournament point leader Abraham in the third round. “Contrary to what Mick Hennessy stated after the fight on Saturday, there is no agreement – neither written nor verbal – about the fight venue,” Wilfried Sauerland said..

“Some newspapers have wrongly suggested that I shook hands with Mick Hennessy on an agreement but that is not true. The tournament contracts imply that the Abraham-Froch fight should take place on European territory or wherever it makes the most commercial sense for everyone involved. I would prefer it to be on neutral territory. If this cannot be done, we should go for the best commercial option. We will get back to the negotiating table with Mick Hennessy and Team Froch to find a solution that suits either side. One must not forget the accumulated travel time – it would be highly unfair if Abraham, after flying all the way to the US, would have to travel to Nottingham while Froch only had to take a brief one-hour to Denmark, which even happened to be on a private jet. But I am sure we will work this out.”

Sauerland added that the Super Six war between Kessler and Froch was one of the best he has seen during his 30 years in the business. “It was a fantastic fight with a sensational ending,” he added. “It once againshowed the beauty of the Super Six tournament – the best fighting the best at the very highest level of competition. And we are not even halfway through – the tournament is wide open now. The third round will be absolutely amazing.”

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