(Picture: Winfried Mausolf) By Chip Dee: WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (39-4, 28 KO’s) will be defending his WBO title this Saturday night against fringe contender Nikola Sjekloca (26-1, 8 KO’s) at The Velodrom, Prenzlauer Berg, in Berlin, Germany. Provided that he beats #12 WBO Sjekloca, Abraham says he’d like to avenge his defeat from 2011 to Andre Ward, and he’d also like to fight Robert Stieglitz in a fourth fight.
“I hope for at least another 2-3 years. I am feeling that I still have the potential to fight against the world’s best. I am still aiming to take revenge for some of my losses, like against Andre Ward. But now, it is all about beating Sjekloca on May 3.”
That would be very surprising if Abraham were to try and avenge his loss to Ward, because it was so incredibly one-sided that there’s almost no chance that Abraham would ever beat Ward no matter how many times they fought again. Abraham made the wrong decision in agreeing to fight in the Super Six tournament back in 2009, which forced him to fight the bigger, more talented super middleweights in the division instead of the mostly fodder that he’d faced during his career in the middleweight division. The outcome was predictable, with Abraham losing to Andre Dirrell, Ward and Carl Froch.
It was so bad and so embarrassing for Abraham that there was talk of him pulling out of the tournament, but he stuck out until the bitter end in losing to Froch. Since the Super Six tournament ended, Abraham’s German promoters have been very careful in the fighters they’ve matched him against, and they’ve not come close to putting him in with any talented super middleweights. As you would guess, Abraham has done well in winning 7 of his 8 fights during this time, but against weak opposition. The only slightly talented fighter that Abraham has faced during the past two years is former WBO paper champion Stieglitz, who isn’t anywhere near the talent level of Ward, Froch and other top fighters in the division.
It’s likely that Abraham is name dropping in mentioning Ward’s name. Abraham will almost definitely face Stieglitz again, because the German fans love this match-up, and they don’t seem to care that Stieglitz would likely be beaten by the top 15 super middleweights in the division. There’s no chance that Abraham will take a risk and fight Ward again, because this guy has real talent, and it’s one of the weak fighters that Abraham has been feasting on in the last two years.