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Arthur Abraham Expects Tough Bout With Raul Marquez

IBF middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham (27-0, 22 KOs) is looking for his 28th win in as many fights when he takes on mandatory challenger Raul Marquez in Bamberg on October 4. Speaking at today´s official press conference in his home city, the 28-year-old said: “Marquez is a very experienced and tough boxer. I expect a hard-fought battle that will go the full distance but if there is a chance to win by knock-out I`ll go for it.” 
 
Back in June, Abraham and Marquez shook hands following their successful fights in Hollywood, Florida. While King Arthur knocked out Edison Miranda in the fourth round, Marquez (41-3, 29 KOs) defeated highly-rated Giovanni Lorenzo in a title eliminator. “I could not watch the fight live as I was warming up for my own bout but of course I have watched the tape and analysed it with my coach,” Abraham stated. “I know about his strengths. I will be prepared.” 
 
Coach Ulli Wegner is full of respect for Marquez and warned everyone not to take the 37-year-old challenger lightly. “He is a very strong opponent,” he said. “Arthur needs to be on alert. But the preparation has been going very well. The victories in the ring have helped Arthur to mature. His attitude in practice is perfect.” 
 
It will be a special fight for Abraham as it was in Bamberg where he started his boxing career and also gave his comeback after breaking his jaw, knocking out Sebastien Demers in the third round in May 2007. “It is great to come back here,” he said. “I am really looking forward to it.” 
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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boofdatruth on 09-05-2008

Southpaws are always dangerous. Abraham will stop Marquez probably on cuts, but he still has to watch the big left by Marquez. Marquez is a good body puncher, and can set up his left so Abby Ab has to be…

Comment by !!Captain on 09-05-2008

[QUOTE=VanesBoxing;4025601]AMEN!!! Look forward to it the night before Super Bowl Sunday of 2009 ;) and thats Bob Arum talkin...[/QUOTE] I hope it happens, I don't care where or when, but it's one of the very few possible fights that make…

Comment by ragingvic on 09-04-2008

[QUOTE=-Hyperion-;4025272]well i expect raul to win at least 4 rounds.......like ayala and gevor did before getting stopped...[/QUOTE] Hate to be the one to break it to you buddy, but no way in hell did Ayala win 4 rounds against AA.

Comment by Famoso Matador on 09-04-2008

Abraham is too strong and doesn't take enough risks for Marquez to have a chance. I expect Abraham to fight a shitty defensive minded first six rounds, and than turn up the heat and KO marquez past the 9th round.

Comment by Alec900 on 09-04-2008

[QUOTE=boxing2005;4025567]Let's just get this fight over with, showdown with Pavlik makes me salivate.[/QUOTE] indeed. abraham ko somewhere in 8-10 rounds

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