Arthur Abraham ready for do-or-die bout
YEREVAN, August 21. / ARKA /. Armenian boxer Arthur Abraham (36-4, 28 KOs), living in Germany is getting ready to step into the ring August 24, eager to earn himself another title shot. At the Sport- und Kongresshalle Schwerin, Germany, former IBF Middleweight and WBO Super-Middleweight World Champion, will face-off with WBO number eight rated Willbeforce Shihepo (20-6, 15 KOs).
This will be do-or-die for Abraham, because only a win over the "Black Mamba" can secure him another shot at the WBO Belt, which he lost against Robert Stieglitz earlier this year. The bout will be broadcast live by German ARD TV channel and Armenian Public television.
"When somebody is ranked inside the top-10 of the WBO ratings you have to think of him as being a worthy opponent. So I will not take him lightly", he was quoted as saying by proboxing-fans.com.
"I have to be at my best to beat him, becoming the WBO Intercontinental Champion. Moreover, it is my chance to get another shot at Stieglitz. I want to become a world champion again!"
Abraham has also a special motivation to beat Shihepo. Ten years ago, on August 16 in 2003, the 33-year-old turned pro. Therefore, a win in Schwerin would be double the pleasure. Abraham was recognized the best German oxer of 2012 by Boxsport magazine. -0-