Last week, Team Sauerland announced that former two-time super middleweight titleholder Arthur Abraham would fight July 16 in his first bout since losing his 168-pound world title April 9. On Friday, the promotional company revealed his opponent.
Abraham (44-5, 29 KOs) will face Tim-Robin Lihaug (15-1, 8 KOs) at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin.
The fight will be on the undercard of super middleweight titleholder Giovanni De Carolis (24-6, 12 KOs), who's making his first defense against German up-and-comer Tyron Zeuge (18-0, 10 KOs).
"My goal is to become world champion again, and I will not let anyone stand in my way," said Abraham, who is also a former middleweight titleholder. "Tim-Robin Lihaug is a good, young fighter but he will learn the hard way what it takes to make it to the top."
Abraham, 36, of Germany, traveled to Las Vegas and lost his title in a shutout decision to unbeaten mandatory challenger Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez, of Mexico, in a woeful performance on the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr. III undercard.
Abraham is now on the comeback trail and aiming for another crack at a world title.
"I never underestimate any of my opponents, and I will prepare myself to be in top shape," Abraham said. "I want to put the disappointment of losing to Ramirez behind me and prove I still have more to give. I'm looking to the future now, and that starts with a good win on July 16.''
Lihaug, 23, of Norway, will be taking a monumental step up in the level of his competition, but he said he is confident.
"I'm very excited about this opportunity," Lihaug said. "Abraham has been a great champion for many years, but I wouldn't have taken this fight if I didn't think I could win. He is beatable and I'm coming to Berlin to win.
"Abraham is 36 years old and has already won a lot of titles and made a lot of money, whereas I'm a young, hungry fighter, and I think that will give me an advantage. This is like a world title fight to me. It means everything. I've been in training camp since the beginning of January and I will be in the best shape of my life on July 16. I want to prove myself and there is no better way of doing that than by beating Abraham."