Following his largely lackluster performance in the Super Six Tournament, Arthur Abraham was written off by many critics as just another protected fighter from Germany. When Abraham hammered Robert Steiglitz into submission and seized that boxer's WBO Super Middleweight Title, those critics were silenced, but now they are back.
Abraham's first title defense is against Mehdi Bouadala, and so the critics blast Abraham for seeking out a paper challenger. There is little merit to that charge when one considers that the division's other big names -- Ward, Froch, Bute, Kessler, Stevenson, Pavlik -- were all busy or looking for a bigger opportunity at the time the fight date was made. All things considered, a dance date with a solid journeyman like Bouadala was the best fight that could be made at the time, and although a Abraham win is a foregone conclusion, Bouadala will at least make a fun night of it on December 15 in Nuremberg.
Mehdi Bouadala (26-4, 11 KOs)