by Alexander Neely
When the ring bell sounded on October 17, 2009 starting the Super Six World Boxing Classic, former middleweight titlist Arthur Abraham stood as one of the perennial favorites in the tournament. Almost two years later though, Abraham had lost three out of four bouts in the Super Six, not only diminishing his presence in the division but the boxing community.
However, this past Saturday, King Arthur captured what has eluded him for years – a super middleweight crown – by outpointing Robert Stigelitz to earn the WBO 168-pound title.
Although Stigelitz was aggressor for the better part of the fight, Abraham landed the better shots earning a closely-contested, unanimous decision (scores of 116-112, 115-113 and 116-112).
“This is an emotional moment for me and it’s hard to describe how I feel,” Abraham said after the fight. “I always wanted to be the middleweight world champion and now I am the super middleweight champion too. I trained hard for this and I had to box cleverly against such a good champion.”
If you missed any of the super middleweight title fight from Berlin, Germany, watch the full fight here:
With less than a week before the highly anticipated, unification bout between middleweight titleholders Felix Sturm and Daniel Geale, here is a video that breaks it all down by the numbers.
This past weekend – August 25 to be exact – was the birthday of former WBC, WBO and The Ring lightweight champion Diego Corrales. Born in 1978, Corrales, who also won the WBO and IBF super featherweight belts, is most famously known for his trilogy with Jose Luis Castillo. On May 7, 2007, Corrales was killed in a vehicle accident at 29-years old. Below, a highlight compilation takes a walk through the career of this true ring warrior. Happy birthday Chico!