Arthur Abraham-Patrick Nielsen set for April 28 in Germany
Former two-weight world titleholder Arthur Abraham will meet Denmark’s Patrick Nielsen in a make or break super middleweight bout on Apr. 28 at the Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany.
Abraham (46-6, 30 knockouts) returns to the ring for the first time since dropping a 12-round unanimous decision to Chris Eubank Jr., while Nielsen is back in action after suffering a knockout loss to British southpaw John Ryder.
“After my last fight, I spoke to my coach Ulli Wegner and he helped me reach a decision,” said Abraham, who held WBO titles at 160 and 168 pounds. “I am not ready to retire. There is still more I want to achieve in boxing, and most of all I want to become world champion again.
“I’m looking forward to fighting Patrick Nielsen and putting on a good performance for my fans. I know Patrick is a good boxer. This will be a good test for me and a chance to prove I’m ready to challenge for world titles again.”
Nielsen (29-2, 14 KOs) is also eager get his career back on track and believes he has what it takes to defeat the Germany-based Armenian.
“I can’t wait for this fight,” said Nielsen. “My last fight really put things into perspective. I have made some changes in my training and my personal life and I’m 100 percent focused on boxing. People will see the real Patrick Nielsen on April 28.
“Abraham is still a big name in boxing and a very tough guy. If I can beat him, it shows I can beat a lot of the top guys, and hopefully that will lead to bigger fights. I believe I can beat him. I’ve got age and speed on my side and I’m ready to do whatever it takes to win.”
Tickets for the fight go on sale tomorrow and are available online via www.evetim.de or Tel: 01806-570044.
Information courtesy of a press release issued by Sauerland Promotion
Tom Gray is Associate Editor for THE RING. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing
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