by Jenna Jay (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J, Doghouse Boxing.) My latest episode of "On The Ropes"
boxing radio featured an exclusive interview with the reigning WBO Super
Middleweight Champion Arthur Abraham. Abraham, who is coming off an
impressive performance last week against Robert Stieglitz, discussed the
victory, reigning a world title belt, his future plans, thoughts on
Floyd Mayweather - Manny Pacquiao, and also his view on trying to avenge some of his
boxing defeats. Here is what Arthur had to say.
I am joined by the new WBO Super Middle Weight Champion of the World Arthur Abraham! How’s it going Arthur?
I am doing really
well, I actually got back from another interview with my coach, I am
just so happy to be world champion once again.
Well let’s talk a little
about that Arthur, your coming off an impressive performance from this
past weekend. You beat Robert Stieglitz to take the WBO title belt. You
had your back against the wall for this fight, how do you feel now that
this is all over?
I am just really happy, I
am feeling really well, but I got a little bet of sore on my muscle
after the fight, but besides that everything is great.
Lets talk about the fight a
little bit. You brought a little bit of different strategy into the
fight with Robert Stieglitz. It seems like you were actually planning to
go the distance and take rounds. Can you tell us little bet about the
strategy you had for this fight?
I just try to change a
bit, because I didn’t want to be as passive anymore, but I am still was
throwing punches to show him that I was still there, I was actually
planning on from the beginning on going the distance.
Going into this fight
Arthur, I mentioned before that you had your back against the wall. Some
people were doubting, some people thought maybe Stieglitz would be able
to outbox you. Can you tell me just a little about the feeling you had
going into this fight, and did you really believe if you did not win
this that you would have to retire?
thought that I would only win this only by knocking him out, but I
actually wanted to outbox him, I wanted to show him that I am
technically gifted, and that is exactly what I did, and I showed
everybody that I am not just about big punch and I am actually
really good boxer and I am really happy about.
Going into the final rounds
of the fight, it seems like you felt that you had everything in control
that you had piled up enough of a lead to give that final round away.
What was your feeling going into the final round?
I didn’t really feel
anything at that point, I just went into the last round and just to get
in there and do what I do best, and obviously I knew that I was probably
front on points, but I went in there trying to make no mistakes and not
give it away, and give my best as I do.
What was the feeling you had
once the cards are read, and you were announced as the new WBO SMW
titlist? It had been 3 years since you held a championship belt, what
was that feeling like for you?
It was just amazing feeling, just amazing.
Lets talk little about your
options after this fight here. The world is open to you at this point.
And the fight a lot of people are talking about that they like to see
you in, is a fight with former champion with Mikkel Kessler. Does that
fight interest you at all?
I don’t think about that, my management deals with that and I just box whoever gets front of me.
Alright, lets move things to
the division itself. Super Six is long over with, you have Andre Ward
who is considered the champion at this point. Carl Froch has won a title
belt by beating Lucian Bute. What do you think about the curing state
of the Super Middleweight division?
The Super Middleweight
division is really strong at the moment, everybody who is number 1 is
the champion, they are all tough opponents and you can’t underestimate
any one of them.
Andre Ward has upcoming
fight that’s getting a lot of interest his taken on the light heavy
weight champion Chad Dawson, at 168 pounds, just curious what your
thoughts are on that fight?
It’s going to be obviously a really hard fight, but I think Andre Ward is going to win on points.
Lets just turn things a
little bet away from you yourself and some of the guys at 168. In
previous appearances you had you on the show I asked you about some of
the biggest stars in boxing; Mayweather and Pacquiao. You mentioned
before how much you wanted to see the Mayweather - Pacquaio fight. Just
curious as time has gone by do you think that fight has taken to long to
come together? And do you still have the same interest in it?
Of course I want to see that fight I think the whole world wants to see the fight not just me.
Has time changed at all who your taking in that fight or do you still favor the same fighter?
Definitely Mayweather, he is on a different level.
I just have couple of more
questions before I let you off the line. You know I mentioned to you
before, what’s next for you, how soon do you see yourself getting back
into the ring?
Now, Arthur being the fact
that you had gone through a rough patch in your career, you had some
loses, if you could have one particular opponent to have another fight
with, a rematch with, a chance to redeem yourself in the right with, who
would that guy be?
All 3 of them one after another.
So you had no particular
preference. In either of any of those performances, do you have any
regrets about thinking that you could of perform better in either of
It doesn’t matter who, if you lose you always make mistakes. All that’s important is that I can redeem myself.
Final question for you
Arthur. You have a lot of fans out there, you made a lot of your fans
happy with your performance from this past weekend, anything you want to
say to them?
To all my fans out there
in America, France, Italy, I promise you that I am going to do better, I
promise you I will be the best, and I am just really happy that I can
make you happy again.
Arthur it’s been absolute
pleasure having you return to the show once again. I would also like to
thank Benjamin for translating the interview, and I wish you all the
best of luck going forward Arthur.
Thank you very much.
A special thanks goes out to Tim for helping to bring this interview to the boxing readers.
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