By Alexey Sukachev
Amidst rumors that Arthur Abraham’s next title defense will take place in the United States, current #5 ranked IBF middleweight Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin (37-3-1, 23 KOs) has welcomed the IBF middleweight champion to fight in Karmazin’s adopted hometown of Los Angeles.
“I believe there are many Russians and Armenians in Los Angeles and boxing fans all around the world that would welcome this match-up,” proclaimed Karmazin. “Abraham has been protected in Germany and defending his title against inferior competition. It would be good for him to try and spread his wings and fight a real fight against me in the U.S.”
Karmazin, the current NABF and IBF Intercontinental middleweight champion and also ranked #10 by the WBC, intends to fight this Saturday, March 21st at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. “We have had a couple of fights fall through the past few weeks but Roman intends to keep busy until one of the world champions agrees to fight him,” confirmed long-time Karmazin attorney and now promoter, Steven Bash.
The former IBF junior middleweight king Karmazin, became a member of the 160lb division’s elite thanks to a dominant decision over rugged and grizzled former world champion Bronco McCart on Dec. 20, 2008. “I can still make 154 pounds if the right fight is available but I am more looking forward to a possible challenge to (Arthur) Abraham, (Kelly) Pavlik, or (Felix) Sturm,” expressed Roman about his future plans.
“I have a Topps “co-signers” trading card with Karmazin and Abraham on the same card sitting on my desk and I have always thought this would be a REAL fight for boxing fans,” revealed Bash (trading card photo enclosed). “Arthur has made nine defenses of his IBF world title and only Edison Miranda is of notable worthiness. You don’t see anyone making trading cards of Arthur’s other title challengers.”