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Abraham-Taylor post-fight notes / Huge TV ratings in Germany and Denmark

Team Sauerland and King Arthur Abraham were relieved to hear that Jermain Taylor was able to leave the hospital on Sunday. He departed Berlin as originally scheduled and is now vacationing in Europe. “We are relieved to hear that Jermain is feeling better and that he could leave the hospital on Sunday,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said. “The health is more important than a win or a loss. Jermain is a great fighter and a great champion.”

And King Arthur Abraham added: “I was very sorry when I heard about him spending the night in hospital. I want to defeat my opponents in the ring but I do not want to harm them.. The health is the most important thing and I am very happy that Jermain is doing fine. It was an honour to fight him.” Abraham will now start a brief vacation himself. “I hope I get some time off from coach Ulli Wegner. Now that I know that Jermain is okay, I can start to celebrate my success – but only for a couple of days before I begin my preparation for Dirrell.”

The opening Super Six clash drew huge TV ratings in Germany. Public free-to-air TV giant ARD recorded a peak market share of almost 40 percent on late Saturday evening. “That is phenomenal,” Kalle Sauerland said. “It shows how great the fan interest in the Super Six World Boxing Classic is. We could not have hoped for a better start.” In Denmark, the fight drew a peak commercial market share of 37,4 percent on TV2. A sell-out crowd over 14.200 fans watched the clash at the famed o2 World in Berlin.

All reigning Sauerland world champions were ringside on Saturday night – WBA Heavyweight Champion Nikolai Valuev, WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck, IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester and WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler, whose November 21 clash with Andre Ward will wrap up the first group stage of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. “It was a great fight and a great victory for Arthur,” Kessler said. “He really landed a powerful punch. The atmosphere in the o2 World was fantastic. Now I look forward to getting into the ring on November 21.”

Article posted on 18.10.2009



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