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Overview Arthur Abraham Boxer

General Information

Born:

 20-02-1980

Weight:

Super Middleweight

Nationality:

Germany

WBO super-middleweight champion Arthur Abraham is special in more ways than just one. Not only did he rise to stardom in less than two-and-a-half years after starting his professional career. However, King Arthur, as his admirers know him, also wrote boxing history when he proved his lion heart in a bloody battle with mandatory challenger Edison Miranda on Sept. 23, 2006. Back then, Abraham saw off the hard-punching challenger despite fighting with a broken jaw for the last eight rounds. His popularity has exploded since this incredible display of determination and skill, and he has been a regular visitor to the most famous TV productions ever since. "I never thought of giving up," Abraham said of his legendary battle with the Colombian. "As a champion, you have to defy pain. It´s much better to have a broken jaw and the world championship title than just a broken jaw."

Even without this courageous performance, Abraham his boxing career would have been second to none. Joining trainer Ulli Wegner as an ambitious sparring partner for former WBA/IBF champion Sven Ottke, Abraham soon made a name for himself. All of his first 14 fights ended early. He then claimed the scalps of Ian Gardner, Hector Javier Velazco and Howard Eastman to put himself in line for a world title shot. On Dec. 10, 2005, he knocked out Kingsley Ikeke in a battle for the vacant IBF middleweight belt. Shannan Taylor and Kofi Jantuah fell victim to him in the following before Miranda´s bid came up short. With 22 screws and two titanium plates inside his jaw, he scored a third-round stoppage of Sebastien Demers in Bamberg in May 2007. Three months later, Abraham hit the news again with a spectacular 11th-round KO of mandatory challenger Khoren Gevor. A huge left hook flattened his opponent to stun the sell-out crowd in the Max-Schmeling-Halle and millions in front of the TV screens. "Everybody who wants to take the title away from me must be punished," King Arthur said afterwards. "Winning is all that matters for me - it is a question of honour." In December, Britain´s Wayne Elcock got a taste of Abraham his power, which helped him to a fifth-round TKO victory. One of his trademark assaults saw the challenger collapsing into the referee´s arms with 62 seconds to go in the fifth. In 2008, King Arthur recorded three further spectacular victories - all by the way of knockout. In March, he dusted Elvin Ayala in the final round before celebrating a spectacular US debut with a smashing fourth-round KO victory over Miranda. In the hotly anticipated rematch, King Arthur floored his opponents three times to prove his worth to the American audience. "I really enjoyed fighting in Florida," King Arthur said. "I hope to come back soon."

In November, Abraham retired mandatory challenger Raul Marquez, who decided he had taken enough punishment after six rounds. He then clinched the 29th victory in as many fights when he cruised to an uncontested victory over Lajuan Simon in March. Three months later, he stopped Mahir Oral in impressive fashion, knocking down the brave challenger five times before his corner threw in the towel. The fight was broadcasted by U.S. premium TV station SHOWTIME, who had never televised a non-heavyweight title fight from Germany before. "It is a big honour to fight on SHOWTIME," Abraham said. "I want to please my fans on both sides of the ocean."

With SHOWTIME, Abraham then got the chance to establish himself in a new weight class, when he stepped up to super-middleweight and participated in the Super-Six Tournament. In October 2009, after a gruelling knockout-punch in the final round of his kick-off bout against former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, Abraham was an early favourite to win it all and was named the "German Boxer of the Year" for the 4th time in a row. However, in the following match-ups, he fell short to the likes of Andre Dirrell, Carl Froch and Andre Ward. Despite losing those fights, Abraham earned respect for taking on the cream of the crop at this weight class without having any tune-ups beforehand.

After some badly needed time to recuperate, Abraham started to reignite his career. He worked his way back up in the world rankings to the point where he earned himself the spot as the WBO mandatory challenger. On August 25, he then fulfilled his dream of becoming a world champion in a second weight class, beating then WBO Champion Robert Stieglitz via unanimous decision. As "King" Arthur still is not finished with his career, he will try to further establish his legacy by fighting the best contenders available. He has finally trully arrived in the super-middleweight division.

Abraham also played part in a movie about the life of German boxing idol Max Schmeling. With Henry Maske impersonating one of the biggest German sporting heroes of all time, he portrayed Richard Vogt, Schmeling´s last opponent. Just as in real life, Ulli Wegner was in his corner. "It is a great honour and pleasure for both of us to be a part of this movie," "King" Arthur said. "Working at the set is almost as hard as a training session. But it was a lot of fun." Uwe Boll directed the movie, which hit cinemas in late 2010.

Abraham resides in Berlin where he shares a house with his brother Alexander, who once successfully fought at light middleweight. Therefore, boxing seems to be a family affair with the Abrahams.