Arthur Abraham retains WBO title
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Dec 16, 2012)
Abraham (36-3, 28 KOs) gave his supporters plenty to cheer about by
scoring a eighth round stoppage over game Mehdi Bouadla (26-5, 11 KOs)
at the Arena Nürnberger in Nuremberg, Germany. With the victory Abraham
regained his WBO super middleweight championship.
Abraham, 32, a
notorious slow starter, engaged Bouadla aggressively in the first heat.
Bouadla, mostly known for being stopped by Mikkel Kessler last year,
moved but didn’t punch much. Abraham jabbed and came forward. A three
punch combination knocked Bouadla sideways. Bouadla landed a hard right
to Abraham’s side in the last minute. Abraham’s heavy left hand strafed
Bouadla at the bell.
In round two, Bouadla came out punching.
Abraham obliged the challenger by opening up to the body. Both fighters
landed combinations, with Abraham getting the better of it. Bouadla went
back to moving in round three. The 30-year-old was being outworked
consistently by the champion. Abraham went to the body again near the
end of the round.
stalked Bouadla in round four. His investment to the body continued.
Bouadla connected with a right hand, but it lacked power. Blood began
dripping from Bouadla’s nose. Abraham went to the body and head - a left
In round five, Bouadla tried forcing the
action. The challenger was losing, but there was no quit in him. Abraham
connected with two uppercuts. Bouadla staggered back. Abraham pounded
Boudla with another heavy combination. Abraham loaded up his right in
round six. Bouadla clipped him with a left. Abraham continued to fight
in bursts. Near the end of the round Abraham looked either tired or
bored. Bouadla landed a good right on the chin of the local hero.
his nose continuing to bleed, Bouadla ran right into an uppercut in
round seven. Abraham opened up and clipped him with a right hand. A cut
was opened on the inside of Bouadla’s right eyelid. Abraham was
ready to end things in round eight. Two lefts and a right stung Bouadla.
A big right just missed, but a left hook found the mark. Two hard
rights knocked the tough challenger back. Another right wobbled Bouadla.
Referee Mark Nelson decided enough was enough. He stepped between the
boxers and waved off the contest.
The time was 2:11 of round eight.
has stated a desire to fight either Carl Froch or Mikkel Kessler. Both
fights would sellout in Europe. A rematch with undisputed champion Andre
Ward looks less likely.
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