The tension is building, will Arthur Abraham (35-3, 27 KOs) be successful in his first defense of the 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 middleweight. 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, ...