Arthur Abraham is gambling that his career is still worth money, as the former 160- and 168-pound titleholder is holding out for money with promoter Sauerland Event, saying that if he doesn't reach an agreement with the European power firm, he may retire from the sport:
"If Sauerland Event does not reach an agreement with my lawyer, I will not box....neither on August 24th or later on. I do not need to continue my boxing career, and I can finish it right now. Athletes should be treated fairly," Abraham stated.
Abraham (36-4, 28 KO) is currently scheduled to fight someone named Willbeforce Shihepo, which is totally awesome, on August 24. That card will be headlined by Juergen Braehmer's next bout, and the linked BoxingScene.com report above states that ARD, the German TV network carrying the card, aren't exactly itching for the Abraham bout, meaning they're not looking to pay much for it, which limits what Sauerland can or would be willing to pay the fighter.
I can't say as though I'd really miss Abraham much, because I've never personally been a fan, but one of two things is happening here: Abraham doesn't realize how much of a hit his stock has taken lately, or maybe Sauerland is lowballing him even by the current Abraham standards as they should be. Or maybe, as many things in boxing, it's a mixture of both.