Former middleweight and super middleweight titlist Arthur Abraham is clearly on the backside of his career, but with a win Saturday, he will get another title shot.
Abraham is the mandatory challenger for super middleweight titlist Robert Stieglitz (46-3, 26 KOs), and wants a rubber match badly. Abraham won a debatable decision over Stieglitz to win the belt in August 2012, and then was wiped out in four rounds in the March rematch.
Although he didn't look very good, Abraham (37-4, 28 KOs) rebounded from the loss by outpointing Willbeforce Shihepo in August, and now faces Italy’s Giovanni De Carolis (20-4, 10 KOs) at the EWE Arena in Oldenburg, Germany.
If Abraham wins, he’ll maintain his mandatory status and likely face Stieglitz next year for the third time.
"I know what’s on the line,” said the 33-year-old Abraham, who held a middleweight title from 2005 to 2009 before vacating it to move up in weight to join the Super Six World Boxing Classic, where he went 1-3 and looked awful in every fight.
"Only a victory counts and I believe that Arthur is going to deliver it," promoter Kalle Sauerland said. "It's do or die. A wins means another crack at a world title, a loss would be catastrophic.”
There’s so much at stake for Abraham that his trainer, Ulli Wegner, elected to stay with him and work his corner rather than travel with another fighter, Karo Murat, for Murat's light heavyweight world title shot against Bernard Hopkins on Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J.
"Look Arthur, this Saturday night I will be in your corner and not with Karo Murat in Atlantic City. That's what our relationship means to me,” the 71-year-old Wegner told Abraham at this week’s media workout.