Arthur Abraham moving back down to middleweight – Boxing News
By Sean McDaniel: Having now lost three of his last four bouts at super middleweight, Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26 KO’s) says he’s moving back down to the middleweight division where he previously held the International Boxing Federation (IBF) middleweight title between 2005 to 2009.
Abraham moved up to the super middleweight division in 2009 after having problems making the 160 pound weight limit for the middleweight class. However, at super middleweight, Abraham has been an utter failure, struggling against the bigger fighters and picking up wins against former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor and little known Stjepan Bozic.
Abraham’s recent lopsided defeat to Andre Ward was the final nail in the coffin for Abraham, who has little choice but to move back down to the middleweight division if he wants to have any hopes of finding the same kind of success he had previously during his career. The Ward loss eliminated Abraham from the Super Six tournament, something that likely came to a great relief for Abraham because he was out of his league in more ways than one in the tournament.
“I want to prove I can come back,” Abraham said to SID/AFP. “No one should write me off. Just because I lost recently, it doesn’t mean I have lost my sporting ambitions.”
Abraham’s promoter Wilfried Sauerland says that Abraham will be using a nutritional consultant to work with his diet. Abraham is going to need someone to help him in this area if he’s going to be able to squeeze back down to middleweight. Before moving up in weight to the super middleweight division, Abraham was melting down from the 180s for his fights at 160, leaving him with little energy. Now 31-years-old, it’s hard to imagine that Abraham will find things easier.
Abraham will be reportedly making his first fight back at middleweight in November after two more final bouts at super middleweight.
The good news for Abraham is that the middleweight division is still almost as weak as it was when he was the champion, and thus making his job much easier than it would be if it was stacked the way that the super middleweight division is with excellent fighters. You’ve got weak champions like Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Felix Sturm, and Gennady Golovkin for Abraham to pick from.