Wilczewski to give King Arthur a Knight to Forget
Piotr Wilczewski and Arthur Abraham will face off for the title. Photo: Sauerland/Kock
Boxing Preview: Abraham vs. Wilczewski
March 29 – The city of Kiel in the far north of Germany is the place boxing fans will head for on Saturday night when Arthur Abraham (33-3-0) defends his WBO European super-middleweight belt against tough Polish fighter, Piotr Wilczewski (30-2-0).
Wilczewski has a quite impressive record and if the Abraham camp think they have picked an easy night for their champion, they had better think again. The 33-year old Pole has only lost twice in 30 professional fights and although a recent loss by decision to British prospect James DeGale put a stop to a 7-fight unbeaten streak, he has the potential to dethrone “King Arthur” who has struggled to measure up to the world’s best in the division.
Abraham is a former IBF middleweight champion who made 10 successful defences of his title from 2005-2009. Until losing to Andre Dirrell in the Super-Six two years ago, he was undefeated in 31 fights and certainly knows his way around the ring. What makes this such an eagerly awaited contest is that Abraham has stated already that he intends to become a world champion again and that this fight is a stepping stone to another world title shot between the winner of the George Groves – Robert Steiglitz contest which should be scheduled very soon.
Also on the bill at the Sparkassen-Arena in Kiel on Saturday are European light heavyweight champion Eduard Gutknecht (23-1-0) defending against Frenchman Tony Averlant (17-5-2). Unbeaten Polish cruiserweight Mateusz Masternak (25-0-0) will also be showing up to go 10 rounds with Mexico’s Felipe Romero (15-4-1).
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