Five months later and Arthur Abraham still with no fights
By Scott Gilfoid: It’s been five months since former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham was spanked by WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward in a one-sided loss in the Super Six tournament last May, and the 31-year-old Abraham still has no fights on the agenda.
That’s five whole months and it could be that Abraham doesn’t fight again until 2012. What a waste. Abraham has been beaten three out of his last four fights at super middleweight and it’s painfully obvious that the 5’9″ Abraham doesn’t have the talent to fight at this weight class. He needed to move back down to middleweight ages ago to try and recapture his International Boxing Federations paper title.
Abraham could then go back to facing little known guys and milk the title for another two to three years or maybe more. But to just hang out and do nothing, what a waste. It’s so sad.
The talented Andre Dirrell was the one that started Abraham’s run of bad luck in Dirrell’s dominating performance against Abraham last year. Dirrell dominated every facet of the fight and had Abraham visibly frustrated in the 11th when he opted to tee off on Dirrell after he had slipped on the canvas and was defenseless to a big right hand from Abraham. This led to Abraham being disqualified and given his first loss in the Super Six tournament.
Carl Froch then studied the blueprint that Dirrell created in how to beat Abraham, and went out and fought pretty the same way that Dirrell did – minus the amazing hand speed, defensive ability and skills – in beating Abraham by a lopsided 12 round decision last November. Abraham then stuck it out and stayed in the tourney for his most recent beating, this one by Ward last May.
Things are looking mighty bleak for Abraham now. He says he wants to move back down to middleweight, but it’s doubtful he’ll be able to make the weight without starving himself each time out. A starved Abraham will be useless because he doesn’t throw enough punches even when he’s eating well. If you put a weakened Abraham in against one of the current champions, as weak as they are, he’ll lose.