Abraham vs Dirrell: Thursday's Super Six World Boxing Classic Presser Quotes/Photos
DETROIT -- (March 25, 2010) — This Saturday, March 27, live on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), “King” Arthur Abraham and Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell begin what will be an excellent series of Group Stage 2 bouts in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on SHOWTIME. The undefeated Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs), of Armenia, and the once-beaten Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs), of Flint, Mich., will clash at the Joe Louis Arena. Abraham will enter the scheduled 12-rounder atop the tournament standings with three points. Dirrell needs a victory to get on the board. The fight will be available to a record 54.4 million households as part of the SHOWTIME ALL ACCESS Free Preview Weekend on SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME HD™ and SHOWTIME On Demand. From Thursday, March 25 through Sunday, March 28, viewers across the country will have the opportunity to sample the premium network's award-winning programming via linear service, On Demand and in HD, including two live events from SHOWTIME Sports. Saturday’s event is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Sauerland Event. What the fighters had to say Thursday at the final press conference at Detroit's MGM Grand:
ANDRE DIRRELL - “I’m definitely ready to shock the world. I feel really good about this fight. I’ve had a solid camp, worked really hard for this and couldn’t be in better shape. I’m cool, calm and relaxed and ready to fight my fight. There is no reason to tense up. I’m not fighting a machine. Abraham is a strong guy but I’ve fought lots of guys like him..
“I am going to box but I am also going to make him fight me. He is going to see the best of both worlds. He is going to get the full package and get me at my best. I don’t feel like he is going to be able to adapt to what I offer and throw at him.
“I’m bigger than him, and faster, and am definitely a better boxer.
“I feel like I have a false record. I didn’t come out of my first tournament fight with (Carl) Froch feeling like a loser. He got the split decision but I definitely felt I did enough to win the first tournament fight although I didn’t quite do enough in the eyes of the judges. I thought I definitely won the first five or six rounds and demolished Froch the last three.
“I thought, at the worst, I won eight rounds to four. But you can’t dwell on the past. That’s the great thing about this tournament. Win or lose and you know you always have a very important fight right ahead of you. My focus is totally on beating Abraham in front of my hometown fans on SHOWTIME.’’
LEON LAWSON SR. (Dirrell’s Trainer)
“I’d like to thank everyone involved, Gary Shaw and SHOWTIME for making this fight and for everyone for their support. Andre is truly prepared and we are all excited about Saturday. I think you’re going to see a good boxing exhibition.
“We know what we’re up against, but Andre is up for the challenge and will leave that ring at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday victorious.
“I guarantee you are all going to see a very good fight.’’
GARY SHAW (Dirrell’s Promoter)
“Andre is a standup guy and someone I am very proud to be associated with as his promoter. He is the bigger, strong fighter in this one and Saturday is going to be his night.
“I believe Arthur Abraham is in for the shock of his life. He’s not used to seeing across from him what he will in the ring against Dirrell. This will be a great fight for the Dirrell, SHOWTIME, the fans at Joe Louis Arena and the city of Detroit.’’
“I am here to fight, not talk, but I have respect for all human beings and all boxers. Every fighter fights for pride, family and his country.
“I’m accustomed to fighting in big arenas – there were over 15,000 fans at my last fight – and I don’t mind fighting in his back yard. The crowd may be against me in the beginning but they will all be on my side after four rounds. Everybody has a favorite in this tournament, but, really, nobody is the favorite. The winner at the end of the three rounds is all who counts.
“Dirrell is a good fighter and I respect him as a fighter, but it’s all about fighting smart. You fight smart, you win. You don’t fight smart; you make it tougher on yourself.
“I really don’t really care who the judges are. My task is to fight and win. I leave the other tasks to my manager. I am looking forward to a very good fight Saturday and a victory.
“I have enjoyed all my time in the United States but I am looking forward to winning this fight, then I can go home and rest.’’
WILFRIED SAUERLAND (Abraham’s Promoter)
“I am happy that Saturday is almost here. I know that Arthur is ready and very anxious to get in the ring with Dirrell. He is looking forward to fighting in America again and making another good impression.
“We have nothing but respect for Dirrell and all the fighters in the Super Six World Boxing Classic. But Saturday will be Arthur’s night to shine.’’
Andre Dirrell, Arthur Abraham Workout Quotes And Photos From Detroit's Kronk Gym
DETROIT - (March 24, 2010) — Super Six World Boxing Classic standings leader “King” Arthur Abraham and Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell both took part in a media workout at Detroit’s famed Kronk Gym on Wednesday, just three days before they kick off Group Stage 2 of the Tournament on Saturday, March 27 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich., live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). The Armenian Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) currently leads the Super Six point standings with three points by way of his last-second knockout against American Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor Oct. 17 in Berlin, Germany. The former middleweight bronze medalist at the 2004 Summer Olympics from Flint, Mich., Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs) dropped a close 12-round decision to Carl Froch for the World Boxing Council (WBC) World Championship the same night in Nottingham, England.
What the fighters had to say on Wednesday at Kronk Gym:
“It is a pleasure to be back in America. I have adjusted well to the time difference. We have been doing light workouts and I feel ready for Saturday night.
“Dirrell is fast but that will not help him. I am in the Super Six to become a legend in America. I need a win on Saturday to accomplish that goal. And I will get that win.
“My trainer, Ulli Wegner, has prepared a special game plan which will help to defeat Dirrell. You will see on Saturday how that works.
“I like Detroit, I have seen a little bit of the city. It is different from German cities. What I like most about Detroit is the famous Joe Louis Arena. I have visited it and it was very impressive. I am thrilled to be fighting there.”
ULLI WEGNER (Coach)
“Arthur is in great shape. He has coped very well with the time difference, but for someone like him – someone in top shape – it is very easy to adjust.
“We are looking forward to fighting in America again. Everybody said we were crazy when we came over to fight in Edison Miranda´s backyard in June 2008 and Arthur knocked him out. I think the outcome will be the same on Saturday - a great victory for Arthur.”
WILFRIED SAUERLAND (Abraham’s Promoter)
“I think we will see a great fight. Arthur will win because he is too strong for Dirrell. The American fans will love Arthur´s style – he is incredibly powerful and a very strong puncher with a sensational record of 31-0 and 25 KOs. That is what the people love to see. He will put on a great show on Saturday night.
“Nothing can get in the way of my dedication and achieving my dream. You have to have a different game plan for each fighter you face, and we have a strong game plan for me to execute with Abraham. I have faced power punchers before, none as explosive as Abraham, but I have fought power punchers in my career and handled them well.”
“I’m smarter, faster and more elusive and I feel that I have the most skill and speed. It will be difficult for him to catch on to my style but not for me to adjust to his. I won’t feed into him and fight his fight, but I will let these hands fly.”
“I’m going in with a strong game plan and I’m going to execute it to the best of my ability. Whatever he brings, I will be ready for it. My natural ability gives me confidence. I’ve put in hard work and I’m ready for Saturday night.”
“I met him (Arthur Abraham) on the media tour and at the press conference and he seems like a nice guy, but in the ring, it’s all business.”
“There are two championship belts at stake (in the Super Six tournament) and I want them. Arthur Abraham is a stepping stone in my game plan to get those two belts. I want to get him out of the way and get those titles.”
On Fighting in Detroit:
“I’m glad to be back in Michigan and the opportunity to fight here in Detroit is a great thing. This is a history-making event and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
“I really wanted to bring something positive to this community. It feels good to fight in Detroit and it’s something that I’m really looking forward to. When fighters fight at home, your mental game has to be really strong. This is a big, monumental event and I’m looking forward to it, but I won’t let it distract me.”
“This area has been sleeping on boxing for awhile now, but I’m bringing excitement about the sport back to Detroit with this fight. I’m here to make a statement to the boxing world and all the fighters in the Super Six tournament with my performance in this fight. ”
“I’ve heard about it all my life. All the big fights in Detroit were in the 1980’s. I was born in 1983, so I’m ready to bring another big fight here to Detroit and the state of Michigan and get everyone excited about boxing again.”
On bouncing back from his loss to Carl Froch:
“My last fight really motivated me. I have been back in the gym and working really hard. I’m ready to shake, rattle and roll. You will see the best of Andre Dirrell on Saturday night.”
GARY SHAW (Dirrell’s Promoter):
“This is a chance for Andre to become this town and Michigan’s biggest fighter. This is more than just the Super Six. He’s fighting at home and there are pressures on him that there aren’t elsewhere.”
“This is my first fight since my Dad passed away two weeks ago. He was my best friend and a huge boxing fan. The first time I saw Andre after I got into town, the first thing he said to me was I’m sorry about your Dad. He said that to me before anything else and that says a lot about Andre Dirrell and who that man is.”
For information on all SHOWTIME Sports telecasts, including exclusive behind-the-scenes video and photo galleries from its events and complete information on the Super Six World Boxing Classic, please visit the website at http://www.sports.sho.com
SUPER SIX WORLD BOXING CLASSIC SCOREBOARD
Record Fighter Points
1-0 Arthur Abraham 3
1-0 Carl Froch 2
1-0 Andre Ward 2
0-1 Andre Dirrell 0
0-1 Mikkel Kessler 0
0-0 Allan Green 0
ABOUT SUPER SIX WORLD BOXING CLASSIC
The inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic is a ground-breaking, six-fighter tournament from SHOWTIME Sports® featuring the class of the super middleweight (168-pound) division from around the world. All bouts in the Super Six tournament will be contested under the Unified Rules of Boxing. Each boxer fights three bouts against different opponents in the field in the points-based Group Stage of competition (Win – 2 pts with a 1-pt bonus for KO/TKO; Loss – 0 pts; Draw – 1 pt.). After the Group Stage, the four fighters with the highest point totals will advance to the single-elimination Semi-Finals. The winners of the Semi-Final bouts will advance to the Finals and fight for the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic trophy.
Q & A: Arthur Abraham
BERLIN (March 18, 2010) - King Arthur Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) will return to the USA on Saturday, March 20, to continue his preparation for the eagerly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown with Andre Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs). The two super-middleweights lock horns at the famous Joe Louis Arena on Saturday, March 27 (LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT - delayed on the west coast). Tickets may be purchased at www.OlympiaEntertainment.com, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, at all Ticketmaster locations and www.Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. Boxing-Online.com caught up with the tournament point leader in his training camp in Kienbaum, 20 miles east of Berlin.
Q: You are returning to America on Saturday. How have things been going thus far?
AA: “I am thrilled to return to America. We had a great time in Palm Springs. I really enjoyed the Californian sun before we continued our preparation in Berlin. America is a great country and I am looking forward to going back on Saturday. That will give me one week to adjust and get ready for Dirrell.”
Q: You must be pleased finally get in the ring with him…
AA: Indeed. This has been the longest preparation of my life. I did not have any time off since November. In my first year as a professional, I made 12 fights – and now I have been training non-stop for five months. I am really eager to get back in the ring.”
Q: A lot of fans from Armenia would have supported you in Palm Springs. Are you missing that kind of support now?
AA: “I was a little disappointed because I would have loved to put on an exciting performance for my fans in California, but in boxing, people get injured and fights get moved, so there is nothing you can do about it. I am sure there will be lots of German and Armenian fans cheering for me in Detroit.”
Q: …where Dirrell will have home support
AA: “That´s right. He can count on the support of his fans. But that will not help him once he is inside the ring with me. It will just be the two of us. Fighting in Florida did not help Edison Miranda either – I stopped him in the fourth round (in June 2008).”
Q: What do you think of Dirrell as a fighter?
AA: “He is very fast, very skilled and very awkward. But together with my coach Ulli Wegner we have come up with a plan to beat him.”
Q: So how do you plan to beat him?
AA: “Watch Showtime on March 27 and you will find out…”
Q: Do you feel additional pressure because you are the tournament leader after the first round?
AA: “I always feel pressure. I hate losing. I don´t want to lose to anybody. But pressure is good – if you deal with it correctly. I don´t have any problems with pressure – for me, it is additional motivation.”
Q: The Super Six tournament has been a huge hit in Europe. How do you feel about that?
AA: “I am very grateful to be in this tournament. It is the best fighting the best, which is exactly what the fans want to see. The winner will be a legend. It is my dream and my goal to become a boxing legend, so the Super Six tournament is the best thing that could have happened to me – and the fans all over the world.
Article posted on 25.03.2010