Wegner, Abraham honored - again

Ulli Wegner and IBF middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham received an early Christmas gift this week. They both defended their titles as German coach and fighter of the year. The successful duo is no stranger to success inside and outside the ring. Unbeaten in 25 fights (20 KOs), Abraham won the prestigious German award for a second straight year, while Wegner made it five first-place finishes in a row..

In a poll initiated by German boxing magazine Boxsport, Wegner received 370 more votes than runner-up Michael Timm. "Becoming coach of the year for a fifth straight time is a great honor," Wegner said. "It is really special because the competition has grown much stronger. I`m flattered that the German boxing fans appreciate my work."

Just like his coach, King Arthur also is a huge hit with German fans, totalling 886 votes, 286 more than Wladimir Klitschko. Abraham also edged Zsolt Erdei, Felix Sturm and Sebastian Sylvester. "After breaking my jaw against Miranda I did not know how the comeback would go but three title defences made 2007 a very successful year for me," he said. "The award is a great finish. I want to thank the German fans for their great support."

Article posted on 22.12.2007

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