By Per Ake Persson
Former WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (45-5) will fight Martin Murray (33-4-1) on November 12 in Monte Carlo, writes the always well informed Bild am Sonntag in Germany, in what appears to be an eliminator for another shot at the title now held by Gilbert Ramirez.
Abraham beat Murray on a close, split decision in November of 2015 and then lost the title to Ramirez in April of this year - but has since then bounced back with a win over Tim-Robin Lihaug. Murray comes in off a decision loss to countryman George Groves.
On that same card, Jason Sosa is defending his WBA 'regular' super featherweight title against Stephen Smith.
IN OTHER NEWS: The World Boxing Council and its 165 affiliated countries, is joining the monthly breast cancer awareness campaign, to highlight this vital issue which affects women globally.
To focus the spotlight on this, the WBC Ring Officials will wear an emblematic pink ribbon to remind us of the life saving priority of having regular check ups.
The Americas Regional Center in Ecatepec, will be hosting the female WBC flyweight title bout, between the champion Yessica "Kika" Chávez vs. Japanese challenger, Naoko Fujioka, so everyone will be able to see the actions we are developing.
Our WBC President, Mr. Mauricio Sulaiman, has been very active concerning this, due to the paramount importance of this campaign. He will soon announce more activities in order to bring yet more priority awareness regarding this medical alert, which affects each and every one of us.
STAFFORD stalwart Rob Hunt is dreaming of becoming his town’s first ever British champion.
The 30-year-old returns to action against Atherton danger man William Warburton on Hatton Boxing’s ‘The Beginning’ event in Stoke on Saturday night (October 1).
And he’s hoping a top class performance will propel him into title contention.
“I’m at that stage of my career where I want to win something meaningful,” he said. “I’d like to win the Midlands title back and I’d love a shot at the English, but every boxer dreams of winning a British title.
“I don’t know if Stafford has ever had a British champion so it’d be huge if I can get there. I’m not trying to get ahead of myself because I know what it’ll take to get in contention, but if I was offered the change to fight for it I’d take it in a heartbeat.”
Hunt, who combines his training with working as a builder, was flying up the rankings in 2015 following victories over Amir Unsworth and Sullivan Mason. However, one punch meant the wheels came off in his clash with Karl Wiggins last October.
“It’s one of those things,” he said. “My career seemed to be really taking off and Wiggins caught me with a shot and that was that.
“I was gutted to have lost the Midlands belt, but that’s boxing. I can’t dwell on it, I just need to dust myself down and get on with putting my career back on the right track.
“I think this fight with Warburton has come at the right time for me. I’ve only fought once this year and he’s the sort of test I need.
“He’s a lot better than his record and he’s not one to be taken lightly. I know he’s not going to make the numbers up. He’s going to come and have a go, which is what I like because it brings the best out of me.”