Arthur Abraham is not stupid. He knows that a fight between himself and IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm would do big business in Europe. Abraham, who is 34, says that he would like to have a fight with Sturm sometime in 2014, and hopefully another fight this year, as well.
"I want to fight two more times after this one in 2014," Abraham said. "Before calling it a career, sitting on the couch and watching TV at age 40, I want to meet Felix Sturm at Berlin's Olympic Stadium. That’s what I am dreaming of."
Abraham just decisioned Nikola Sjekloca this past Saturday, his first defense of the WBO super middleweight belt he won with a split decision victory over his rival Robert Stieglitz. He knows that he isn't getting any younger, and neither is Sturm who is actually one year older. A fight between the two men would be huge in Germany, but if they're going to do it, they need to strike while the iron is still hot.
Sturm would need to get past Sam Soliman on May 31, a rematch to a fight that Sturm lost via decision but was later changed to a no-contest when Soliman tested positive for a banned substance. Sturm, like Abraham, is certainly years past his best, and getting a win over Soliman is no sure thing.
What's your opinion on a potential Abraham - Sturm matchup? It wouldn't be carried by a major US network, but it would be a fun fight for boxing fans, for what it is. Neither man is at their peak, but they could gel well in the ring.