Andre Ward & Arthur Abraham: A Battle Of The Mutes In Super Six

HOLLYWOOD-A somewhat angry looking Andre “SOG” Ward sat as the two promoters of Saturday’s Super Six semifinal clash between Andre Ward and Arthur Abraham traded words and accusations during a Wednesday press conference, especially when one of the Germans commented that Americans talk a lot.

“I’m born and raised in America and I don’t talk that much,” Ward exclaimed.

The stoic Ward (23-0, 13 KOs) and the un-chatty Arthur Abraham (32-2, 26 KOs) will meet on Saturday at the Home Depot Center in Carson. Showtime will televise event.

Wilfred Sauerland, the promoter for Abraham, has tossed around accusations of rival promoter Dan Goossen fixing the judges and referee to favor Ward. Or maybe he’s just playing mind games with the California State Athletic Commission.

No matter. Both fighters are not prone to verbiage. Fighting is more their style.

“We just want to perform in the ring,” said Abraham, 31, whose only two career losses took place in the super middleweight tournament. “We don’t have to do that much talking.”

Talk or not, Abraham started well in the tournament by ending Jermain Taylor’s career with a riveting knockout. Since then, he’s run into differing styles in the rugged Carl Froch and the running Andre Dirrell who stifled his walk-through-the-enemy style that had served him well. Now he faces Ward who can do either style and more.

“I’m locked in and prepared to defend my belt,” said Ward, 27, who beat Mikkel Kessler to obtain the WBA super middleweight title and since then defeated Allan Green and Sakio Bika to remain undefeated in the tournament. “I respect Arthur Abraham and its going to be a tough fight.”

Ward, who is on many pound for pound lists, says that the usual fandom that comes with championships and acknowledgement from writers has not touched his career yet.

“People think a lot of my fights with guys are not entertaining because I don’t take no punishment,” explained Ward. “I’m just going to continue to evolve.”

Undefeated in the tournament, Ward believes that recognition will come in due time and a win over Abraham is another step in that direction.

“I’m going to be who I am,” Ward said.

Abraham said he deigns to become the first German boxer since the great Max Schmeling to win a world title in America. As for his two losses in the tournament:

“We learn from our mistakes,” he said.

Comment on this article


-DaveB :

Ward should just bank round after round. Will Abraham do anything different this time out? I don't think he can. I think he should go back down to middleweight. His power is good at 168 but what good is it if he can't get off against the bigger guys? Ward by UD unless he stops him on cuts.

-the Roast :

I'm with DaveB. This is a shutout or late stoppage for Ward. AA will walk forward, not let his hands go, and get hit from all angles. I think AA will get cut or busted up from taking shot after shot. Abraham does not have the hand speed to compete in a fight with Ward. I give him credit for fulfilling his obligation. I thought AA would have pulled out of this fight.

-Big Daddy :

I Love HomeBoy Andre, BUT.. He really needs to open it up an go for the KO. I know Mayweather became a Star inspite of his Safety-First Style. But SOG needs to be alot more exciting to truly fulfill his potential. Dude has alot of charisma but I know for a fact his style has turned alot off his fans in Oakland and the East Bay.

-Radam G :

SOG is da MAN! He wins with the perfect Plan. Holla!