Arthur Abraham Strongly Considering Going Back to Middleweight

Arthur Abraham will consider going back to the middleweight division after a rough run at 168. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Former middleweight titlist Arthur Abraham will be considering a return to the 160-pound division after a rocky run at super middleweight. The concerns that he'll have trouble effectively making the weight are still there, but the idea is there:

Having often struggled to make the weight at middleweight, Abraham has been ordered by [promoter Wilfried] Sauerland to take expert advice to keep his weight down.

"It can only work if he works with a nutritional consultant and he strictly adheres to this plan. He hasn't done that before," said Sauerland.

Abraham (32-3, 26 KO) was undefeated as a middleweight, but went just 2-3 in his recent run as a super middleweight. He started his career a bit over the middleweight limit, but early fights rarely mean a whole lot. At super middleweight, Abraham beat a badly damaged Jermain Taylor and Stjepan Bozic in a fight that sparked some "fix" rumors, and lost badly to Carl Froch and Andre Ward, plus lost wide to Andre Dirrell after being disqualified for hitting Dirrell while he was down in 2010.

There are definitely marquee fight options for Abraham at 160, or at least there could be in theory. The biggest would be a fight with titlist Felix Sturm, as the two both have big followings in Germany and could easily sell the fight in a large arena there and make good money. Sturm promotes himself these days, so working out a deal probably wouldn't be that difficult if Sturm wanted it.

I will maintain my skeptical stance on how good Abraham really is until he proves otherwise, though, and given that the stories of him struggling to make 160 in the past were very real and very frequent, I take this as more of a wait and see idea than a sure bet.

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