*Photo: Matthias Schrader / AP

NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Arthur Abraham of Germany successfully defended his WBO super middleweight title with a technical knockout over Mehdi Bouadla of France in the eighth round Saturday night.

Abraham dominated until American referee Mark Nelson stepped in to stop the one-sided contest 2:11 into the eighth round when Bouadla’s vision was impeded by streaming blood from repeated left and right blows.

”This is where I started boxing. To be here now, in front of 10,000 people as world champion – there’s no better feeling,” Abraham said after his first defense of the title he won on points from Robert Stieglitz in Berlin in August.

”We have only one recipe – to win. But I have to say that he never gave up. He kept going to the end, and he punched hard. 2012 was a great year. I became world champion. I’m very happy.”

Abraham (35-3, 28 KO), an Armenia-born German, had been in such control that he received a telling off from his coach after the fourth round for his gung-ho approach.

”It’s not necessary,” Ulli Wegner told the 32-year-old, who continued where he left off in the next rounds.

Nelson stopped the fight briefly in the seventh so the doctor could examine the cut beside Bouadla’s right eye.

The 30-year-old challenger (26-5, 11 KO) was allowed to continue, but offered nothing against Abraham’s bombardment and Nelson eventually did the humane thing.

”He boxed very well. He deservedly held onto his title,” Bouadla said. ”He boxed like a champion. I’m a competitive boxer, I tried everything, so there’s nothing to be ashamed of. It was fair enough that the referee stopped the fight. (Abraham) boxed with a lot of power, with a lot of pressure. I thought I could catch him on a counter, but he was very good.”

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Date: December 15, 2012

WBO Super Middleweight Championship Title Bout

Location: Arena Nürnberger, Versicherung, Bayern, Germany

Promoter: Sauerland Event

Referee: Mark Nelson

Judge: Mihai Leu, Clark Sammartino, Zoltan Enyedi

Supervisor: Istvan Kovacs

Result: Abraham won by TKO on the 8th round.


SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- La Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) anuncia los oficiales que trabajarán en los combates de título mundial que cobrarán vida este sábado, 15 de diciembre, en Estados Unidos (Nonito Donaire vs. Jorge Arce), Argentina (Omar Narváez vs. David Quijano) y Alemania (Arthur Abraham vs Mehdi Bouadla).

El Toyota Center de Houston, Texas, será el escenario para la tercera defensa del título supergallo de la OMB del filipino Nonito Donaire (30-1, 19 KOs) ante el mexicano Jorge “Travieso” Arce (61-6-2, 46 KOs) en una presentación de Top Rank. En este encuentro, que medirá a Donaire, monarca mundial en cuatro pesos y Arce, campeón mundial en cinco divisiones, el árbitro será Laurence Cole. Los jueces que trabajarán el pleito son los estadounidenses Raúl Caiz Sr., Levi Martínez y Javier Álvarez. El supervisor de la OMB será el propio presidente, Paco Valcárcel.

Mientras, en una producción de O.R. Promotions en el Hilton Garden Inn Hotel & Casino de San Miguel, Tucumán, Argentina, el doble monarca mundial argentino Omar Narváez (37-1, 20 KOs), expondrá por sexta ocasión su cetro de las 115 libras de la OMB frente al puertorriqueño David Quijano (15-2-1, 9 KOs). El árbitro de esta reyerta será el puertorriqueño José H. Rivera, y los jueces del pleito son Carlos Ortiz de Estados Unidos, David Singh de Panamá y Ramón Cerdán de Argentina. El supervisor de la OMB para este encuentro será Jorge Molina.

Entretanto, en la Arena Nurnberger Versicherung de Nurenberg, Bayern, Alemania Sauerland Event presentará al monarca supermediano de la OMB, Arthur Abraham (35-3, 27 KOs), exponiendo por primera vez su correa de las 168 libras  cuando se enfrente al francés Mahdi Bouadla (26-4, 11 KOs). Aquí el árbitro será el estadounidense Mark Nelson, mientras que los jueces que oficiarán la pelea son  Mihai Leu de Alemania, Clark Sammartino de Estados Unidos y Zoltan Enyedi de Hungria. El supervisor de la OMB para este combate será Istvan Kovacs.


SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO-World Boxing Organization (WBO) announces the officers who work in world title bouts that will come alive this Saturday, Dec. 15, in the U.S. (vs. Nonito Donaire. Jorge Arce), Argentina (Omar vs Narvaez. David Quijano) and Germany (Arthur Abraham vs Mehdi Bouadla).
The Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, will be the venue for the third defense of the WBO super bantamweight title Filipino Nonito Donaire (30-1, 19 KOs) against Mexican Jorge “Travieso” Arce (02/06/61, 46 KOs ) in a presentation of Top Rank. In this meeting, which will measure Donaire, World Champion in four weights and Arce, five-division world champion, referee Laurence Cole will. The judges who will work the lawsuit are Americans Raul Caiz Sr., Levi Martinez and Javier Alvarez. The OMB will monitor the president, Paco Valcarcel.
Meanwhile, in a production O.R. Promotions at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel & Casino in San Miguel, Tucumán, Argentina, twice world champion Argentine Omar Narvaez (37-1, 20 KOs), will present his title for the sixth time in the 115-pound WBO against Puerto Rican David Quijano (15-2-1, 9 KOs). The referee of this brawl will be the Puerto Rican Jose H. Rivera, and judges of the lawsuit are U.S. Carlos Ortiz, David Singh Ramon Cerdan Panama and Argentina. WBO supervisor for this meeting will be Jorge Molina.
Meanwhile, at the Arena Nürnberger Versicherung of Nuremberg, Bayern, Germany submitted to Sauerland Event’s WBO super middleweight king, Arthur Abraham (35-3, 27 KOs), first exposing her 168-pound belt when he takes on Frenchman Mehdi Bouadla (26-4, 11 KOs). Here the arbitrator shall be the American Mark Nelson, while judges who officiate the fight are Mihai Leu Germany, Clark Sammartino U.S. and Zoltan Enyedi of Hungary. WBO supervisor for this fight will Istvan Kovacs.

Por Aleudi Rosario