WBO super-middleweight champion, Arthur Abraham, 44-4 (29), will make the sixth defence his title against unbeaten mandatory challenger Gilberto Ramirez, 33-0 (24) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, as the co-feature to the April 9 Timothy Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao world welterweight title clash.
A purse bid to secure promotional rights to the fight was last Wednesday won by Abraham’s promoters, Team Sauerland, although after post-bid discussions with Top Rank, who promote Ramirez as well as the main event protagonists, a mutually beneficial agreement was reached that will see “King Arthur” travel from his adopted German homeland to the United States. It will be his fourth time fighting in the country, though his first appearance in Las Vegas.
“I love boxing in Germany, but when the offer came to box in Las Vegas on the biggest stage on the planet, it was something we could not turn down,” Abraham, 35, said. “It is every fighter’s dream to see their name up in bright lights on Las Vegas Strip, and on April 9 this dream will come true. There is no chance that I will leave my belt there. I will train harder than ever to deliver the best performance of my career.”