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Arthur Abraham: I'm Very Proud, It Was My Dream

By Alexander Pavlov

Arthur Abraham (35-3, 27KOs) says he achieved his dream on Saturday night at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany. He won a twelve round unanimous decision over compatriot Robert Stieglitz to capture the WBO super middleweight championship. Abraham became a two-division world champion.

Abraham, 32, defended his IBF middleweight title 10 times between 2005 and 2009, and then he vacated the title for a move to 168-pounds - where he suffered three defeats.

"I am very proud and happy to win the belt. It was my dream. Over the past two years I suffered a series of setbacks, however, I also gained experience. I defeated a very strong opponent. And, [I did it] on points, although many thought that I could only win [this fight] by knockout," Abraham said.

"We both fought to the end. He did not want to lose his title, and I certainly wanted to take the title away. The fight was very hard. We both pushed our abilities to the limit."

Alexander Pavlov covers boxing for Sportbox.ru

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ddangerous on 08-27-2012

Credit to Abe for lifting a SMW title, but he should seriously move back down to MW and challenge Macklin or Murray...

Comment by edgarg on 08-26-2012

[QUOTE=The Weebler II;12453807]Compatriot? technically correct maybe but one is Armenian while the other is Russian. Robert Stieglitz's real name is Sergey Shtikhlits Arthur Abraham's real name is Avetik Abrahamyan[/QUOTE] I think you mean "technically incorrect" but factually correct. They belong…

Comment by sako5 on 08-26-2012

[QUOTE=IIG;12453825]I'm an Abraham fan, but he should be ashamed to say that he fought until the end. He took those last few rounds off completely. The 12th round was pathetic and disgraceful on his part. I had it a draw,…

Comment by New England on 08-26-2012

[QUOTE=horaceharter;12453923]Abe won a fight and got a meaningless belt that means nothing. If Abe can beat froch or kessler or Dirrell then he is a champ. Till then nothing changes outside of the fact Steiglitz is a bum.[/QUOTE] dirrell really…

Comment by New England on 08-26-2012

this should be proof for all of you that a alphabet belt means nothing, and that they're used to generate money and produce the fights that promotors, networks, and sanctioning bodies want, and nothing else.

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