Ward vs Abraham is in Jeopardy of Being Called Off

The Super Six World Boxing Classic semi-final clash between WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and former tournament point leader King Arthur Abraham will be called off – if the Californian Boxing Commission refuses to honour an existing agreement over neutral officials.

 “Contrary to what has been previously agreed on, the Californian Commission all of a sudden insists on installing a Californian judge as well as a Californian referee. That is totally unacceptable,” Hall-of-Fame-Promoter Wilfried Sauerland said.

“This turnaround comes as a huge and unpleasant surprise. Two months ago, everybody involved agreed that this tremendous fight would be served by neutral officials. We agreed to have one judge from California, one from Europe and one from neither Europe nor the US. The referee is supposed to be neither American nor European either. Unless this issue is sorted, King Arthur will not leave the country. We have put his flights on hold.”
The 31-year-old German is currently shaping up on a small German island in the Baltic Sea. He was scheduled to leave for Los Angeles this weekend. “King Arthur is more than happy to challenge Ward in his backyard,” Sauerland added. “But we demand neutral officials as agreed on. We have learned our lesson from the Kessler-Ward fight. Back then the Californian Commission insisted on having a Californian referee. His performance was – to put it mildly – a joke.”
And Sauerland added: “This is not some beach bar brawl but the semi-final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, a sensational tournament that has captured global attention. It´s a shame that the clash is jeopardized just because a local commission refuses to honour existing agreements and basic rules of fair play.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pez on 04-29-2011

This tournament is a joke. Why are agreements being broken every fight? I don't care if one promoter is so good that he can change everything in favor for his fighter, that's just bull****. If something was agreed on, they…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 04-29-2011

[QUOTE=-Antonio-;10453859]Abraham has had plenty of fights in his backyard, and he's had a fight where he should have lost if it weren't for that. He has no room to talk. They did screw up the locations for this tournament. Ward…

Comment by -Antonio- on 04-29-2011

Abraham has had plenty of fights in his backyard, and he's had a fight where he should have lost if it weren't for that. He has no room to talk. They did screw up the locations for this tournament. Ward…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 04-29-2011

[QUOTE=GRANDSLAM;10447809]Is it really that hard to find a referee and judges that are from neither fighters country of origin, For a WORLD TITLE FIGHT. It seems that [B]Ward has had everything his way from the start[/B] of this tournament. Every…

Comment by physiker on 04-28-2011

you wanna spoil the home cooking?

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