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Arthur Abraham in action on October 26th in Oldenburg, Germany

On October 26, Arthur Abraham (37-4, 28 KOs) wants to show the world that he is ready for another crack at the WBO Super-Middleweight Championship. In Oldenburg, Germany, Robert Stieglitz´ mandatory challenger will step into the ring against an opponent to be announced shortly.

“Stieglitz stated in the press that he will have one more fight in 2013, which will be a voluntary defense on October 19,” said Abraham. “That means to me that I won’t be able to regain the world title before 2014. But I need to stay focused and ready. That is why I am fighting on October 26.” The 33-year-old knows: “This is going to be a good chance to up my game compared to my last fight against Shihepo in August. Although I am risking my mandatory status, this challenge will give me confidence ahead of a third meeting with Stieglitz.”

Hagen Doering, Team Sauerland’s Sports Director, said: “We cannot name the opponent just yet as we are in negotiations with three ranked contenders. All I can say is that it will definitely be a true test for Abraham.”

The venue is nothing new to the former champion as he had his first-ever world title defense at the EWE ARENA Oldenburg against Australian Shannan Taylor back in 2006. “I have good memories of this place and that’s why I like to fight there again,” added Abraham, hoping for another emphatic victory.

Tickets for the big fight night on October 26 in Oldenburg, Germany will be available shortly on www.boxen.com.

Stefan Härtel I am ready for APB

Lausanne, Switzerland, September 17, 2013 – Last Friday marked four months of the AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Social Media campaign “Boxer of the Week”. Since then APB, has unveiled about twenty of the boxers on its impressive global roster.

This week the campaign zoomed in on the life of Germany’s London 2012 Olympian and World Series of Boxing (WSB) Middleweight (75kg) Stefan Härtel. APB’s followers contributed to the now traditional fan-generated interview through the campaign platforms: the APB Facebook page (facebook.com/APB.Boxing) and Twitter account (@APB_Boxing).

The result was a rapid-fire interview with the APB boxer. Although he admitted that his current focus is on the upcoming AIBA World Championships he explained that “as soon as it is over, I will focus on my APB preparations.”

Härtel is confident that he is ready to make the switch to pro-style boxing, despite the challenge of competing in longer bouts. “I believe that I am ready,” said the Middleweight. “I am strong enough to fight the best boxers in the world. I showed that at the Olympic Games and that is why I am really looking forward to the challenge of APB.”

When a fan asked him where he feels he will be in four years’ time, the boxer responded honestly that he “has no idea!” but explained that this because of the wide variety of options AIBA has made available . “AIBA has been introducing a lot of important innovations to the sport of boxing. There are a lot of options for boxers now and there is a lot of development potential for the sport itself.”

A fan of various schools of boxing, Härtel professed a desire to travel the world in the pursuit of refining his craft. In a perfect world he said he “would love to spend half a year in the United States as I like their style of boxing. Then I would move for another half a year to Cuba because I love their movement. I would spend another half year in England and Brazil as I am really curious to find out how they have become so successful in boxing and at the end of my career I would go for at least half a year to Australia, just because I love that country”.

For the full interview visit http://bit.ly/18Zqjru

APB’s “Boxer of the Week” campaign was launched on May 13th. It is designed to unveil the entire APB boxers’ roster athlete by athlete.

AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) is a pro-style boxing competition program under the governance of AIBA.

You can also follow APB on Twitter and Facebook




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