Arthur Abraham motivated for Martin Murray challenge
WBO super middleweight belt holder Arthur Abraham (43-4, 29 KOs) is determined to unify his division but must first secure victory over former three-time middleweight title challenger Martin Murray (32-2-1, 15 KOs) on Nov. 21 in Hannover, Germany.
Since regaining his title in March 2014, the 35-year-old Abraham has rolled back the years with impressive performances against Nikola Sjekloca, Paul Smith (twice) and Robert Stieglitz and, as he prepares for a fifth title defense, the German-based Armenian reveals his reasons for selecting Murray.
“At this stage of my career, I don’t want to fight any easy opponents,” says Abraham, who is rated No. 1 by THE RING at 168 pounds. “I need fights that will motivate me, and that is why we chose Murray.
“He has challenged for world titles before and against Sturm, Martinez, and especially Golovkin, he boxed three world-class opponents. I know this is a dangerous fight and that has given me the motivation I need.”
If further motivation is required, it comes from the champion’s desire to collect every available belt in the super middleweight division.
“When I first started boxing my dream was to become world champion,” said Abraham. “I achieved this in 2005, winning the IBF middleweight title and defending it ten times before moving up to super middleweight and becoming a two-weight world champion.
“Now my dream is to unify the division. I believe this would be my greatest achievement and that is what drives me on as a boxer.”
In order to keep this dream alive, Abraham knows he must overcome a tough challenger in Hannover.
“If I lose this fight, my dream will be shattered,” explains the boxer from Berlin. “I cannot let this happen. It will be a tough fight, but in my current condition, Murray can’t hold a candle to me, and on Saturday night, there will be only one outcome.”
Information courtesy of a press release issued by Sauerland Promotions