Photos: Wilhelm Springer, box-info.net
An interim world title, a European championship and the comeback of King Arthur Abraham – Mülheim an der Ruhr waits for a classic boxing evening on February 12th at the RWE Sporthalle. Abraham will be returning against Stjepan Bozic after a disappointing performance against Carl Froch in the third round of the Super Six tournament in November. “Before the Super Six semi-final against Andre Ward, I absolutely wanted another fight to gear up both mentally and athleticly. Fortunately, this time the break between the fights isn’t as long as last year.” King Arthur described former super middleweight title challenger Bozic as a “a real fighter type” and added “this will certainly be no easy fight. But for me it is only about winning. A lot is at stake.”
Abraham is back with trainer Ulli Wegner, with whom there was speculation he might part ways with after two straight losses. “The preparation for the Froch fight was very good. However, in the ring I didn’t deliver the performance that was necessary. I simply had a bad day. The responsibility for it lies solely with me. Now I’m looking forward to the fight in Mülheim. We’re boxing in a very nice venue. The spectators are very close to the ring and have a great view. My goal is to make both my fans and my trainer happy.”
In the world title fight on February 12th, WBA #1 rated cruiserweight Yoan Pablo Hernandez (23-1, 12 KOs) has the most important fight of his career taking on WBA interim champion Steve Herelius (21-1, 12 KOs).
Also in the ring that night are Euro cruiserweight champion Alexander Frenkel (23-0, 18 KOs) against Zakaria Azzouzi (12-1, 9 KOs), and unbeaten heavyweight Francesco Pianeta (21-0, 13 KOs).