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Arthur Abraham vs. Stjepan Bozic on 2/12

By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (31-2, 25 KO’s) has decided to take a tune-up bout against 36-year-old Croatian Stjepan Bozic (24-4, 15 KO’s) in a 10 round bout on February 12th at the RWE Rhein-Ruhr Sporthalle, in Muelheim, Germany. Abraham, 30, is kidding himself if he thinks beating up on this unknown fighter is going to help him in his next Super Six tournament fight against the talented WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward on May 14th.

Ward is going to ruin Abraham’s world whether Abraham fights one tune-up or a million of them. It’s all about talent and not how many tune-ups you face against horrible opposition. This Bozic guy was stopped in the 6th round by Dimitri Sartison in November 2009. Ward would wipe the deck with Sartison and easily beat him. That tells you how over-matched Bozic is in this fight. Bozic was also stopped by Vitali Tsyko in the 2nd round in 2004. Abraham stands to gain nothing by facing Bozic.

All I can say is Abraham is really desperate to get a change of luck. Abraham has lost his last two fights against Andre Dirrell and Carl Froch. Abraham will win this fight against Bozic, but he’ll get beaten none the less by Ward. Abraham said he wants to get the ring rust off and that’s why he plans on fighting a tune-up. Oh brother, this guy fought in November. Why does he need a tune-up? This isn’t about rust, it’s about his confidence being shattered after the whipping he got from Dirrell. That loss really effected Abraham.

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