Lihaug Has Abraham’s Retirement Plans



Tim-Robin Lihaug (15-1, 8 KOs) says he is ready to send his boxing idol Arthur Abraham (44-5, 29 KOs) into retirement on July 16 when the super middleweights square off at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin for the WBO International title.

In what will be his toughest career assignment, Lihaug will go toe-to-toe with the former two-weight World Champion, a man who inspired the Norwegian fighter’s early career and whose poster hung from his bedroom wall.

‘’Abraham was one of my idols when I started boxing,’’ reveals the 23 year-old. ‘’I even had a poster of him on my wall. He’s been a great champion for many years and has achieved so much in this sport – it will be an honour to share the ring with him.’’

Having landed a dream fight with his one-time idol, Lihaug knows there is no room for sentiment. Abraham is coming off the back of a World title loss to Gilberto Ramirez and another defeat could signal the end of his illustrious career.

‘’I don’t think Abraham is the same fighter he was a few years ago, and I’m very confident I can win,’’ he says. ‘’I was a little shocked when the opportunity came, but it didn’t take me long to start thinking that this is a guy I can beat.

‘’To be in a position to fight him shows I have been doing something right in my career, and it has given me a big motivation boost. I know if I beat Abraham, it will take me to the top level overnight and give me a chance to fight for a World title.’’

While Lihaug believes Abraham has suffered a drop in form in recent years, he is taking nothing for granted against the German boxing great.

‘’I will be preparing for the best Abraham possible,’’ he explains. ‘’He may not be at the absolute highest level anymore, but he is still World-class. He is a guy that I’m going to have to be in my best shape ever to beat, and I am, so I think it will be a great fight, and I’m looking forward to it. I feel calm, relaxed and ready to go.’’

Lihaug, who has established himself as the country’s premier professional boxer following impressive performances against domestic rivals Simen Smaadal and Arne Ernstsen, will be counting on the support of the Norwegian public.

‘’There is a lot of interest in this fight back home and everybody is hoping I win,’’ he says. ‘’I feel like I have the whole country behind me, and I know there will be a lot of people travelling to Berlin to watch the fight. It will be a proud moment if I win, and a great achievement for Norway and for Norwegian boxing.’’

Abraham Trainer Defends Against Negative Talk


Ulli Wegner has hit back at claims questioning Arthur Abraham’s (44-5, 29 KOs) motivation prior to his WBO International Super Middleweight title fight with Tim-Robin Lihaug (15-1, 8 KOs) on July 16 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin.

Lihaug’s trainer Thomas Hansvoll had called into question Abraham’s desire, stating that he believed the former two-weight World Champion ‘had lost his hunger’ and after years at the top of the sport was ‘not so interested anymore’.

Wegner has disputed these remarks, and says Abraham is hungrier than ever as he looks to regain the World title he lost to Gilberto Ramirez, starting with a victory over the rising Scandinavian star Lihaug.

‘’The loss to Gilberto Ramirez has only made Arthur more determined,’’ said the 74 year-old star coach. ‘’Now he is without a World title, the hunted has become the hunter. He feels a new kind of motivation, and we will see that in the ring on July 16.

‘’Obviously it was a big blow to lose the title in Las Vegas, but now we must work together to reach the top again. I believe he has what it takes to become World Champion again, if I did not, I would be the first person to tell him to retire. Anyone who knows me knows I am always honest in my assessments, and I can tell you this is not the end of the road for Arthur.’’

While optimistic for the future, Wegner realises another defeat could signal the end of Abraham’s illustrious career. ‘’Anything but a win would be disastrous for Arthur,’’ he says. ‘’But we’ve trained well and I’m confident his hand will be raised.’’

Fedor Chudinov Looks to Repeat History vs Felix Sturm. Eyes Arthur Abraham, Badou Jack, & James DeGale Next



Super-middleweight warlords Fedor Chudinov and Felix Sturm collide again in their highly-anticipated rematch at the Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany, exclusively live on BoxNation tomorrow night (Saturday 20th February) from 7pm.

Undefeated Russian star Chudinov returns to Germany to make the second defence of the WBA Super World Championship that he won on a split-decision against hometown hero Sturm last May and then smashed Britain’s Frank Buglioni over twelve rounds in the first title defence in September.

The hardman from Serpukhov near Moscow has forged a fearsome reputation as a fighting machine with his relentless pressure, non-stop punching and iron strength as he pounds opponent into submission as 10 of his 16 opponents have found out.

Chudinov, 28, will not be afraid of re-entering Sturm’s lion’s den again seeing as he’s fought and won away from home plenty of times previously with his passport also stamped in America, Dominican Republic and London.

A victory for Chudinov will certainly see him looking to unify the title against the hugely popular Armenian based German Arthur Abraham who holds the WBO crown, with also potential showdowns against WBC ruler Badou Jack and IBF Champion James DeGale.

Chudinov said, “I’m ready for Sturm a second time and I know that I can do the same again and emerge from Germany with my record and title still intact.  I’m more confident than ever, but I haven’t taken Sturm for granted, he’ll be highly motivated to get his title back in front of his home fans and I won’t let that happen,”

“I thank my fans in the UK for their support and all the good luck messages they have sent me, I seem to have won a lot of new fans when I defeated Frank Buglioni there.  Make sure you’re watching my fight against Sturm live on BoxNation tomorrow night and you will see something special.”

Sturm, from Cologne, hasn’t fought since the loss to Chudinov and for the German great it may be a final shot at world title glory in his illustrious 48-fight career that has seen him win four world titles. 

The slick and stylish Sturm has operated at elite level since 2003 and has been involved in a staggering 22 world championship fights although he has rarely fought outside of his homeland.

Known simply as ‘The Fighter’, Sturm will be looking to break his own record as Germany’s only four-time world champion by capturing a fifth title if he gets revenge over Chudinov.

An action-packed card on BoxNation opens with hot unbeaten German super-middleweight Alem Begic in a four round contest against Leo Tchoula; light-heavyweight Konni Konrad takes on Andrej Maurer over six rounds and Germany based Italian heavyweight Francesco Pianeta faces Hasan Olaki, also over six-rounds.

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