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 they 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.
Just the facts
The sportsman was born on February 20, 1980 in the city of Yerevan, but in 1995, together with his parents moved to live in Bamberg, where he became interested in boxing. Abraham Arthur performs in the second middleweight. Boxes in the right-hander's rack. The head coach of the fighter is Willy Wegner. To date, the boxer has conducted 50 professional fights, in 45 of which he won. He wears the nickname "King Arthur".
Start a professional career
The debut as a pro for the fighter took place on August 16, 2003. His first opponent was Frank Kari Roth. Arthur defeated his opponent by technical knockout in the third three-minute standings. After a successful start, the German of Armenian descent was able to win twelve victories in a row and go out to the first in his life title fight for the title of intercontinental champion WBA. In that battle he was opposed by the Australian Nader Hamdan. Abraham not only managed to conquer the belt, but also successfully defended it three times afterwards.
A full world champion
In 2005, Abraham Arthur got a chance to fight for the world crown. This became possible after the current owner of the belt, Jermain Taylor, gave up the title. Arthur was at the time on the sixth line of the rating, but he was the contender for the belt, because other fighters were already required to fight with other boxers.
The battle for the belt took place on December 10, 2005. The German fought against Nigerian Kinsley Ikeke, who was able to knock out in the fifth round.
For the first time his belt Arthur Abraham, whose weight in the fight was then 72 kilos, defended in a fight against Shennan Taylor. The battle was quite competitive, following which the judges unanimously recognized the winner as a German.
Literally two months later, Abraham for the second time defended the right to be considered a champion. This time he was opposed by Kofi Yantua. Again, our hero was able to win by a decision of the judges.
Fights with Edison Miranda
Confrontation, consisting of several fights, is, in fact, is boxing. Arthur Abraham in this matter is no exception. In his sports life there were several rivals with whom he met in the ring repeatedly. One of them was Edison Miranda.
Their second fight took place in the summer of 2008. The duel was not a title fight, as it was held outside the weight class of a German. Already in the second round, Miranda hit Abraham in the groin. In the fourth three minutes, Arthur sent the opponent down, followed by another one. Having managed to take advantage of the situation, the German eventually knocked out the opponent. The Colombian lay on canvas for more than a minute.
Transition to the second average weight
In mid-2009, Abraham Arthur decided to move to the category above, as the average weight did not get a chance to fight for the union of titles. He took part in the prestigious Super Six World Boxing Classic, a victory in which would provide the boxer with two major world championship belts.
However, the performance at these competitions for the German was unsuccessful. In the first battle, he won against Jermain Taylor, but then followed the defeat of Andre Direll, Carl Froch and Andre Ward.
After this mini-tournament, the German spent several fights and went to the title fight against Robert Stieglitz. In their first fight Abraham celebrated the victory, due to which he got the belt of the champion. But in the rematch Stieglitz regained his title back. However, both fighters expressed the need for a third fight between them. And on March 1, 2014, the fighters again struggled with each other. The fight was viscous and dirty, full of wedges. Following the results of all 12 rounds Abraham became the champion. Confrontation of athletes ended only in 2015, when their fourth fight was played, and Stieglitz was knocked out.
Unfortunately, Arthur Abraham's best fights, due to his age, have already been left behind, but nevertheless the boxer has always been loved by the public and left a bright mark in the history of boxing.