|Real name||Avetik Abrahamyan|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
February 20, 1980 |
Yerevan, Armenia SSR, Soviet Union
|Wins by KO||28|
Arthur Abraham (born Avetik Abrahamyan on 20 February 1980) is an Armenian-German professional boxer residing in Berlin, Germany. Abraham is the former IBF Middleweight Champion from 2005 to 2009, making ten successful defences of his title, the fourth most in middleweight history. He is also the former WBO Super Middleweight Champion.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Amateur career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Professional boxing record
- 5 Titles in boxing
- 6 Outside of boxing
- 7 Awards
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Arthur Abraham was born on 20 February 1980, in Yerevan, Armenia to Armenian parents Grigor and Sylvia Abrahamyan. His little brother, Alexander, is also a professional boxer and his older brother, Christian, owns a furniture shop. He moved to Germany with his parents and brothers at the age of 15. He became a citizen of Germany in August 2006.
As a teenager, Abraham showed an interest in cycling. He became the North Bavarian and Franconian Youth Champion. However, after watching an exciting Mike Tyson fight, Arthur was inspired by Tyson's intensity and wanted to become a boxing star too.
In 1999, Arthur and his brothers returned to Armenia for military service. After 2002, all the brothers had finished their military service and returned to Germany in 2003.
Arthur has a girlfriend back in Armenia. They're engaged.
Abraham plans on opening a boxing school in Armenia following his future retirement. He will also have foreign language classes for students at the boxing school, such as English and German. "If a boxer knows no foreign language, he cannot have success internationally," Abraham noted.
Abraham boxed as an amateur in Bamberg and later in Nuremberg. He was an International Junior Welterweight German Champion in 1997 and a three time Senior Light Middleweight Armenian Champion in 2000, 2001 and 2002. His final amateur record was 81-3-6 (48 KO).
In 2003, Arthur and Alexander competed alongside promoter and manager Wilfried Sauerland and his head coach Ulli Wegner. Arthur was a sparring partner for IBF and WBA Super Middleweight Champion Sven Ottke, whom was in the preparations of a title defense. Wegner was so impressed that he began to train Arthur personally.
Abraham started his professional career on August 16, 2003, being promoted by HyeFighters. Sauerland-promoted Abraham had many impressive early victories. He defeated Canadian southpaw Ian Gardner (18–1) for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental Middleweight title, Hector Velazco (former WBO Champion) and contender Nader Hamdan (36–1).
In July 2005, Abraham defended his WBA Inter-Continental title against the highly regarded Britain Howard Eastman. Eastman had previously only lost to American William Joppy and former Undisputed Middleweight Champion Bernard Hopkins.
IBF Middleweight Champion
On 10 December 2005, in Leipzig, Germany, Abraham won the vacant IBF Middleweight title against Kingsley Ikeke by a 5th round knock-out. The IBF belt had previously been vacated by undisputed champion Jermain Taylor after a bout with Abraham was denied in October that year.
Abraham defended his title on 5 March 2006 with a unanimous decision against Australian Shannan Taylor. Two months later, Abraham won a second title defense against Kofi Jantuah, also on points.
On 23 September 2006, Abraham won a decision against undefeated contender Edison Miranda despite having his jaw broken in two places in round four. Miranda took advantage of this by fighting dirty. Miranda was deducted five points for landing repeated low blows as well as intentionally headbutting Abraham. However, even without the five points deducted, Abraham would have still won the fight (final result: 114:109, 115:109, 116:109). Abraham's jaw was operated on the night after the fight. He had 22 screws inserted into two titanium plates. After the Miranda bout, Arthur was praised for his ability to finish the fight despite his injury.
Abraham defeated Canadian Sébastien Demers by KO in the third round after two minutes and fifty-seven seconds. Abraham was clearly physically superior than his opponent. Arthur won his fifth title defense by defeating fellow Armenian Khoren Gevor by 11th round knockout from a powerful left hook.
On 8 December 2007, Abraham defeated Wayne Elcock to make his sixth title defense by technical knockout in the 5th round.
On 29 March 2008, Abraham defeated American Elvin Ayala via 12th round KO after connecting with a devastating left hook that sent his opponent crashing to the canvas face first. This was Abraham's 7th successful title defence.
On 21 June 2008, the fight took place at a catchweight of 166 lbs. Abraham's IBF Middleweight title was not on the line. Abraham immediately backed Miranda up with hard right jabs before backing off himself behind a high, tight guard. A Miranda right hand landed off the gloves of Abraham as he came out more measured than he had the first time around. Abraham set in to work the body but a stray shot brought a low blow warning from the referee. Miranda made the fight throughout the second round as Abraham did little in the way of punching. Thudding body shots landed on Abraham, but Miranda could get little past the gloves upstairs. A low blow landed from Miranda in the final thirty seconds that brought a brief halt to the action; Abraham calmly caught his breath before returning to his defensive posture.
Abraham waved Miranda forward after another barrage of shots bounced off his gloves before landing two body shots and a hard right hand for his best work of the bout. Miranda drew a warning for holding and hitting before another right hand from Abraham buckled his knees. Abraham stepped back rather than following up, choosing to maintain a methodical game plan. The game plan was sound. In the first minute of the fourth round, a perfectly timed right hand-left hook sent Miranda to the floor. Miranda rose, clearly hurt, and this time Abraham would not fail to press the advantage.
Another left hook would drop Miranda along the ropes and Miranda would again rise but his legs were clearly gone and the end was at hand. Abraham would land a final striking right hand for the round's third knockdown as the referee leapt in to halt the action before Miranda could attempt to rise again.
On 8 November 2008, "King Arthur" Abraham (28–0, 22 KOs), 28, defeated Raúl Márquez (41–4–1, 29 KOs), 37, by a 6th round technical knockout, at the Bamberg's Jako Arena, the 8th defense of his IBF Middleweight boxing title. He retained his IBF title on 14 March 2009 against Lajuan Simon, his first fight over 12 rounds since his legendary battle against Edison Miranda. The 10th and last defense of his middlweight title took place in Berlin against Turkish-German boxer Mahir Oral. Abraham won this fight by a 10th round technical knockout. Oral's coach threw in the towel after several knockdowns.
After failing to secure a match-up with WBO and WBC Champion Kelly Pavlik or WBA Champion Felix Sturm, Arthur announced that he would change his weight class to compete at super middleweight. Abraham participated in the Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament for the WBA and WBC Super Middleweight titles. Fellow participants were: WBA Champion Mikkel Kessler, WBC Champion Carl Froch, Andre Dirrell, Andre Ward and Jermain Taylor.
In his first match of the tournament, Abraham faced Jermain Taylor in 17 October 2009. Arthur was previously supposed to fight Taylor for the undisputed middleweight title, but the fight fell through. Abraham defeated Taylor via a devastating knockout in the 12th round. Taylor was hospitalized with a severe concussion, suffering short term memory loss, unable to remember details of this bout. Taylor was replaced with veteran Allan Green in the tournament. After being released from the hospital, Taylor released a statement saying that he's doing just fine and wanted to congratulate Abraham on his victory and wish him well in the tournament. Former Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson was in attendance and was impressed by Abraham's intensity and determination.
On 27 March 2010, Arthur lost his next fight by disqualification due to hitting Andre Dirrell after he slipped in the 11th round. At the point of the disqualification, the scores were 97–92, 98–91 and 97–92 all in favor of Dirrell. However, Abraham was coming back in the last couple of rounds and could have potentially still won by knockout. Also, various observers of the fight, including former Light Heavyweight Champion Henry Maske and fellow Super Six participants Mikkel Kessler and Allan Green, felt Dirrell exaggerated his reaction after getting hit.
On 27 November 2010, Abraham lost to Carl Froch in his third fight of the tournament, which was also for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight title. Abraham was dominated from start to finish, losing by a unanimous decision. The scores given by the judges were 119–109, 120–108 and 120–108, which reflected the one-sided nature of the bout.
Abraham qualified for the semifinals, having one win out of three fights. But first, Arthur had a pre-fight with Croatian contender Stjepan Božić. Abraham won by technical knockout in the second round due to an injury in Božić's hand. On 14 May 2011, Abraham faced undefeated American Andre Ward in the Super Six semifinals for the WBA Super Middleweight title. Abraham lost by unanimous decision. Ward went on to defeat Froch in the finals and won the Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament.
In his first comeback fight on 14 January 2012, Abraham defeated Argentinian Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias via technical knockout in round five and won the vacant WBO European Super Middleweight Championship. After Abraham landed several hard combinations that put Farias down three times in the fifth round, referee Manuel Maritxalar stopped the fight. On 31 March 2012, Abraham defeated former EBU Super Middleweight Champion Piotr Wilczewski by a lopsided unanimous decision to retain his WBO European title. Wilczewski was deducted a point in the seventh round and was down in the eleventh round, though it was ruled a slip.
WBO Super Middleweight Champion
On 25 August 2012, Abraham won a twelve round unanimous decision over Robert Stieglitz to capture the WBO Super Middleweight Championship in a spectacular battle which made Abraham a two-division champion. Abraham became the second Armenian and the first German to win championships in two different divisions. The judges' scores were 116-112, 116-112 and 115-113. The bout took place in O2 World Arena, Berlin, Germany. Abraham was named best boxer of Germany in 2012 by BoxSport magazine. His coach Ulli Wegner was also named the best coach of the year.
Abraham defended his title against Mehdi Bouadla on December 15, 2012. He won via technical knockout in the eighth round.
A rematch with Stieglitz took place on March 23, 2013 in Stieglitz's home of Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany. Abraham's eye rapidly swelled shut in the second round and he could soon no longer see. The referee waved him off at the start of the fourth round, resulting in his defeat.
Professional boxing record
|38 Wins (28 knockouts), 4 Losses, 0 Draws|
|Win||38–4||Giovanni De Carolis||UD||12||26/10/2013||EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany||Retained WBO Inter-Continental Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||37–4||Willbeforce Shihepo||UD||12||24/08/2013||Sport and Congress Center, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany||Won WBO Inter-Continental Super Middleweight title.|
|Loss||36–4||Robert Stieglitz||TKO||4 (12)||23/03/2013||GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany||Lost WBO Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||36–3||Mehdi Bouadla||TKO||8 (12)||15/12/2012||Arena Nürnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg, Bayern, Germany||Retained WBO Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||35–3||Robert Stieglitz||UD||12||25/08/2012||O2 World, Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany||Won WBO Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||34–3||Piotr Wilczewski||UD||12||31/03/2012||Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany||Retained WBO European Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||33–3||Pablo Farias||KO||5 (12)||14/01/2012||Baden-Arena, Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany||Won vacant WBO European Super Middleweight title.|
|Loss||32–3||Andre Ward||UD||12||14/05/2011||The Home Depot Center, Carson, California, United States||For WBA Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||32–2||Stjepan Božić||TKO||2 (10)||12/02/2011||RWE Rhein-Ruhr Sporthalle, Muelheim, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||Božić was unable to continue due to an apparently injured left hand.|
|Loss||31–2||Carl Froch||UD||12||27/11/2010||Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland||3rd Round Super Six World Boxing Classic.
For vacant WBC Super Middleweight title.
|Loss||31–1||Andre Dirrell||DQ||11 (12)||27/03/2010||Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan, United States||2nd Round Super Six World Boxing Classic.|
|Win||31–0||Jermain Taylor||KO||12 (12)||17/10/2009||O2 World, Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany||1st Round Super Six World Boxing Classic.|
|Win||30–0||Mahir Oral||TKO||10 (12)||27/06/2009||Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany||Retained IBF Middleweight title.|
|Win||29–0||Lajuan Simon||UD||12||14/03/2009||Ostseehalle, Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany||Retained IBF Middleweight title.|
|Win||28–0||Raúl Márquez||RTD||6 (12)||08/11/2008||Jako Arena, Bayern, Bamberg, Germany||Retained IBF Middleweight title.|
|Win||27–0||Edison Miranda||TKO||4 (12)||21/06/2008||Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, United States||Catch weight of 166 pounds.|
|Win||26–0||Elvin Ayala||KO||12 (12)||29/03/2008||Sparkassen-Arena, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany||Retained IBF Middleweight title.|
|Win||25–0||Wayne Elcock||TKO||5 (12)||08/12/2007||St. Jakob Halle, Basel, Switzerland||Retained IBF Middleweight title.|
|Win||24–0||Khoren Gevor||KO||11 (12)||18/08/2007||Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany||Retained IBF Middleweight title.|
|Win||23–0||Sébastien Demers||KO||3 (12)||26/05/2007||Jako Arena, Bamberg, Bayern, Germany||Retained IBF Middleweight title.|
|Win||22–0||Edison Miranda||UD||12||23/09/2006||Rittal Arena, Wetzlar, Hessen, Germany||Retained IBF Middleweight title.|
|Win||21–0||Kofi Jantuah||UD||12||13/05/2006||Stadthalle, Zwickau, Sachsen, Germany||Retained IBF Middleweight title.|
|Win||20–0||Shannan Taylor||UD||12||04/03/2006||EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany||Retained IBF Middleweight title.|
|Win||19–0||Kingsley Ikeke||KO||5 (12)||10/12/2005||Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany||Won vacant IBF Middleweight title.|
|Win||18–0||Luis Daniel Parada||TKO||5 (8)||01/10/2005||EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany|
|Win||17–0||Howard Eastman||UD||12||16/07/2005||Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Bayern, Germany||Retained WBA Inter-Continental Middleweight title.|
|Win||16–0||Héctor Javier Velazco||KO||5 (12)||23/04/2005||Arena Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||Retained WBA Intercontinental and won WBF Inter-Continental Middleweight titles.|
|Win||15–0||Ian Gardner||UD||12||12/02/2005||Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany||Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental Middleweight title.|
|Win||14–0||Roberto Mario Vecchio||TKO||6 (8)||20/11/2004||BigBox, Kempten, Bayern, Germany|
|Win||13–0||Nader Hamdan||TKO||12 (12)||04/09/2004||Grugahalle, Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental Middleweight title.|
|Win||12–0||Dave Nash||KO||2 (8)||03/07/2004||Stadthalle, Hattersheim am Main, Hessen, Germany|
|Win||11–0||Mark Flynn||KO||3 (8)||05/06/2004||Chemnitz Arena, Chemnitz, Sachsen, Germany|
|Win||10–0||Cristian Oscar Zanabria||KO||5 (8)||17/04/2004||Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany|
|Win||9–0||Branko Sobot||TKO||2 (8)||27/03/2004||Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany|
|Win||8–0||Steve Walker||KO||2 (8)||28/02/2004||Mehrzweckhalle, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany|
|Win||7–0||Gabriel Botos||TKO||2 (6)||31/01/2004||Sportcenter Jumps, Weissensee, Berlin, Germany|
|Win||6–0||Alexandru Manea||TKO||3 (6)||17/01/2004||Rhein-Mosel-Halle, Koblenz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany|
|Win||5–0||Cezary Piotrowski||KO||4 (6)||13/12/2003||Nuernberg Arena, Nürnberg, Bayern, Germany|
|Win||4–0||Tomas Vican||TKO||2 (6)||22/11/2003||Erdgas Arena, Riesa, Sachsen, Germany|
|Win||3–0||Sladko Cizicz||TKO||3 (4)||04/10/2003||Stadthalle, Zwickau, Sachsen, Germany|
|Win||2–0||Petr Rykala||TKO||2 (4)||06/09/2003||Messehalle, Erfurt, Thüringen, Germany|
|Win||1–0||Frank Kary Roth||TKO||3 (4)||16/08/2003||Nuerburgring race track, Nuerburg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany||Arthur's professional debut.|
Titles in boxing
- 1997 International Light Welterweight German Champion
- 2000, 2001 and 2002 Senior Light Middleweight Armenian Champion
Major World Titles:
- WBA Inter-Continental Middleweight Champion (160 lbs)
- WBF Intercontinental Middleweight Champion (160 lbs)
- WBO European Super Middleweight Champion (168 lbs)
- WBO Inter-Continental Super Middleweight Champion (168 lbs)
Outside of boxing
Abraham has gained much popularity in Germany and appears regularly in various formats on German television. On 24 October 2009, he appeared in Cologne, Germany for an exhibition match against entertainer Oliver Pocher in a bouncy, castle-like "ring" and fought with huge, air-cushion-like boxing gloves. On 9 April 2010, Abraham took to the dance show Let's Dance on RTL with partner Nina Uszkureit, but left after the first episode of the show in order to concentrate fully on his boxing career.
On 21 September 2008, Abraham and fellow boxer Vic Darchinyan were honored by Armenian President Serge Sargsyan during a 20th anniversary celebration of the nation's independence. Both men were awarded with medals "For the great services for Armenia" of the first degree.
German actor and producer Til Schweiger invited Abraham to act in his film Crime Scene. Til and Abraham have been familiar with each other for a long time. Abraham is playing a pimp in the film. His character is a leader of a gang that controls the shadow business.
Abraham was included in the panel of judges for the “Miss Germany” beauty pageant in 2012 and 2013.
- List of IBF world champions
- List of WBO world champions
- List of middleweight boxing champions
- List of super middleweight boxing champions
- Reigning boxing champions
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Title last held byJermain Taylor
|IBF Middleweight Champion
10 December 2005 – 12 July 2009
Title next held bySebastian Sylvester
|WBO Super Middleweight Champion
25 August 2012 – present