In the world of boxing, there are so-called long-livers - these are fighters who are no longer young, by the standards of professional sports, but at the same time continue their performances in the ring, and quite successfully. One of these boxers, who, despite his 36 years, continues to fight with young opponents on an equal footing, is Abraham Arthur. About him and talk in the article.
The athlete was born on February 20, 1980 in the city of Yerevan, but in 1995, together with his parents, he moved to live in Bamberg, where he became interested in boxing. Abraham Arthur performs in the second middleweight title. Boxes in the rack right-handed. Head coach fighter - Willie Wegner. To date, the boxer has spent 50 professional fights, in 45 of which he won. It bears the nickname "King Arthur".
The beginning of a professional career
The debut as a pro for a fighter came on August 16, 2003. His first opponent was Frank Kari Roth. Arthur defeated his rival by technical knockout in the third three-minute. After a successful start, a German-Armenian German was able to win twelve wins in a row and reach the first title fight in his life for the title of intercontinental WBA champion. In that battle, he was opposed by the Australian Nader Hamdan. Abraham was not only able to win the belt, but also successfully defended it three times later.
Full world champion
In 2005, Abraham Arthur got a chance to fight for the world crown. This was made possible after the current belt owner Jermain Taylor refused the title. Arthur at that moment was on the sixth line of the rating, but it was he who turned out to be a contender for the belt, because other fighters were already obliged to fight with other boxers.
The battle for the belt was held on December 10, 2005. The German fought with the Nigerian Kinsley Ikeke, whom he was able to knock out in the fifth round.
For the first time, Arthur Abraham, whose weight in a duel was then 72 kilograms, defended his belt in a fight against Shennan Taylor. The fight turned out to be quite competitive, according to the results of which the judges unanimously recognized the winner as the German.
Literally two months later Abraham defended his right to be considered a champion for the second time. This time he was confronted by Kofi Yantua. And again, our hero was able to win by decision of judges.
Fights with Edison Miranda
Confrontation, consisting of several fights - this, in fact, is boxing. Arthur Abraham is no exception. In his sports life there were several rivals with whom he met in the ring several times. One of them was Edison Miranda.
Their second fight took place in the summer of 2008. The bout was not a title, as it took place outside the German weight category. Already in the second round, Miranda hit Abraham in the groin. In the fourth three-minute Arthur sent a rival to the knockdown, after which another one followed. Having managed to take advantage of the situation, the German eventually knocked out an opponent. The Colombian lay on the canvas for more than a minute.
The transition to the second average weight
In mid-2009, Abraham Arthur decided to move to the category above, because on average he did not get a chance to fight for the unification of titles. He took part in the prestigious Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament, a victory in which would provide the boxer with possession of two main world championship belts at once.
However, the performance at these competitions for the German turned out to be unsuccessful. In the first fight, he beat Jermain Taylor, but then he was defeated by Andre Direll, Carl Froch and Andre Ward.
After this mini-tournament, the German fought several battles and entered the title fight against Robert Stieglitz. In their first fight, Abraham celebrated the victory, thanks to which he won the champion's belt. But in the rematch, Stiglitz regained his title. However, both fighters spoke about the need for a third fight between them. And on March 1, 2014, the fighters fought again. The fight was viscous and dirty, replete with clinches. In all 12 rounds, Abraham became the champion. The confrontation of athletes ended only in 2015, when their fourth match was held, and Shtiglits was knocked out.
Unfortunately, the best fights of Arthur Abraham, by virtue of his age, are already left behind, but nevertheless the boxer has always been loved by the public and left a bright mark in the history of boxing.