Doghouse exclusive: Abraham ready to defend crown, wants rematches with Ward and Froch
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Dec 13, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (All Photos © Chris Farina / Top Rank)
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This Saturday in Germany, newly crowned WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (35-3, 27 KOs) will defend his title for the first time against Mehdi Bouadla (26-4, 11 KOs) of France. Abraham outpointed Robert Stieglitz four months ago to capture the WBO belt. The victory was sweet retribution for the 32-year-old Abraham who many had written off after his disappointing run in the recent Super Six Tournament.

Abraham first captured the IBF middleweight strap in 2005.

Does winning a championship feel better the second time around?

"I wouldn't say that it felt better," Abraham told this writer a few days ago. "Back in 2005 it was a completely different situation as it was my first world championship. But of course it was really special for me to win a super middleweight world title. Both belts have a special place in my heart."

Abraham felt real comfortable last August when he tangled with Stieglitz in Berlin.

"You always have to be optimistic as a boxer when you are facing your next challenge," said the soft spoken fighter. "I was convinced that I would beat Stieglitz when we fought each other."

Andre Ward easily defeated Abraham in 2011. The loss was a bitter pill to swallow. After an impressive opening stanza, Abraham seemed to lose focus. Did he learn anything from that defeat?

"As they say, you learn from your mistakes, and I have," Abraham said. "I will not make the same mistakes twice. That is the only reason why I am a world champion once again."

Is another go with Ward (and Carl Froch, who decisioned him in 2010) a possibility?

"Most definitely. I am 100% sure that I want to fight them two again," said Abraham. "If it was up to me, I would do it right now.

"I want to prove myself against the best and show everybody what I am all about and what I can do," he added.

Revenge might be on his mind, but Abraham will not allow himself to underestimate any opponent.

"I haven't really made a plan for the upcoming year," Abraham said. "I will fight whoever will be put in front of me."

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