Arthur Abraham - just right for DeGale or Groves?
Joe Poulton - After watching the super middle weight fight between Arthur Abraham and Piotr Wilczewski for the WBO European super middleweight title at the Sparkassen-Arena in Schlewig Holstein, Germany, it now seems clear that perhaps Abraham is there for the taking. Abraham looked in terrific shape before this latest encounter against the tough Polish fighter Piotr Wilczewski, but failed to ignite any sort of excitement that was perhaps promised in the build-up..
Article posted on 02.04.2012
As the fight started, Abraham was described by the commentary team as the most exciting puncher - Tysonesque even, bold claims indeed but perhaps mainly built on past reputations. His punches certainly looked flashy and they may have put the Polish fighter under pressure but never really did the damage that a puncher such as Mike Tyson (weights aside) surely would have done.
As the rounds progressed Wilczewski machine like style started to even back the heavier handed Abraham up with text book jabs and I felt Abraham tired as the fight went on. In the middle rounds, it looked as though Wilczewski may even have put Abraham in trouble if he himself had took more risks, although again Abrahams weathered the storm and used his experience and excellent fitness to keep himself on top and he definitely did enough to win the fight.
In the Final rounds, Abraham after receiving his second wind and with a crowd that was generally behind him tried his best to finish the Pole off but never had him really hurt or on the canvass and predictably the fight went the distance and onto the judges’ score cards.
I had the contest 116 – 112 which was a lot closer than the judges at ringside who had it 118 - 109 and one judge a whopping 119 -108, they were clearly of the thinking that Abrahams flurries of punches and eye catching combinations had done enough to win the fight by a land slide and here is where the main question lies. If a fighter of DeGales movement or Groves power were to go up against Abraham and if the flurries of punches can be countered by the formers speed or the latter’s power then Abrahams tight defence could possibly be split apart and a victory for one of these British fighters could be a certainty before the judges get there say.
It is still at this stage a big if but could Arthur Abraham at 32 be that high profile scalp that De Gale or Groves are looking for? On this showing, if I were either Frank Warren or Adam Booth I would be desperate to make one of these fights a reality Arthur Abraham could be just right.
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