HOLLYWOOD, FL, June 23 – What had been an exciting night of boxing at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood Saturday night, featuring the super middleweight rematch between Arthur Abraham and Edison Miranda, as well as the middleweight title eliminator between Raul Marquez and Giovanni Lorenzo, was marred in the end by the cowardly actions of Alexander Abraham, Arthur’s brother.
According to a number of witnesses, Abraham – a professional boxer himself – kicked Miranda as he was being attended to by ringside physicians following his fourth round stoppage defeat. Abraham also kicked the ringside doctor in his effort to get at Miranda. Abraham, who had been abusive towards patrons, as well as casino and security personnel before, during, and after the bout, was later arrested. Abraham was freed on bond and left the country, but there are charges pending against him from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office for “resisting officers / obstruction.”
And while Sauerland Event, the promoter for the Abraham brothers, denied any wrongdoing on Alexander Abraham’s part, respected reporters Tim Smith and Dan Rafael both reported on Abraham’s thuggish act, and world lightweight champion Nate Campbell, who was at ringside, saw the entire sequence, telling website BoxingScene.com, “It was low-class of him to run in the ring like that and say anything to Miranda while he was down…Me, my wife, Terry Trekas, we were all sitting ringside. I saw Alex kick at him. I don’t know where the kick landed, but he did kick at him…What Alex did to Miranda, he should go to jail for that.”
Miranda, who is doing well after his disappointing defeat, will not press charges against Abraham, though Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing, isn’t so forgiving.
"It is a shame that Arthur's brilliant performance and first fight in the United States was marred by the disgraceful and cowardice acts of his brother Alexander. Arthur is a great person and champion who needs to be careful and not let people around him who will hurt his reputation." said Leon Margules.
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