Abraham stops Bouadla to retain WBO title
Local favourite Arthur Abraham showed his class to overpower and
overwhelm French challenger Mehdi Bouadla and take a comfortable
eighth round TKO.
In doing so, Abraham defended his WBO World Super-Middleweight
crown for the first time and, with George Groves having outgunned
Glen Johnson earlier that night, the way could be paved for the
popular Hammersmith fighter to get a first World title shot.
The Armenian-born, German-based Abraham was the better fighter
for the duration. His dominance showed as a nasty cut opened up
over Bouadla's right eye, and, ultimately, ended the fight in the
eighth. It became clear that Bouadla didn't have the appetite for
the fight, and, with blood streaming into his eye, referee Mark
Nelson stepped between the two to hand the 32-year-old reiging
champion the win.
King Arthur out to defend his crown
Popular Armenian-born German-based super-middleweight Arthur Abraham returns to
BoxNation for a third time this year as he faces his first WBO
World title defence against Frenchman Mehdi Bouadla.
Abraham (R) lets go a left jab into Robert
Abraham's last outing saw him outgun Robert Stieglitz in a
thrilling contest to secure the WBO World Super-Middleweight title,
and now the 32-year-old is eyeing up a first defence.
Mehdi Bouadla is 26 - 4, and currently ranked 13th as a
middleweight by the WBA, which suggests that Abraham might be in
for a comfortable first defence.
The French 30-year-old's most recent defeat came in June 2011,
when he suffered a sixth round TKO against a powerful Mikkel