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Dozens of reporters and camera teams attended today´s public workout in the heart of Berlin as “King” Arthur Abraham and Jermain Taylor gave a taste of their class.
The two former champions will open the hotly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic in front of what will be a sell-out crowd at the o2 World Arena here on Saturday night on Showtime at 8 p.m. ET/PT, tape delayed.
Not just the German capital, but the international press and fans around the world are buzzing with anticipation. Camera teams from Russia, Denmark, Italy, Germany and America, amongst other nations, were deployed to cover today´s training session.
King Arthur believes his opponent will be in for “an unpleasant surprise”. He said: “Taylor is good, he is a proven champion, but he has never been in the ring with someone that punches as hard as I do. He will find out on Saturday.
"I have a lot of respect for him, but he will not beat me in my hometown. The Super Six is the biggest challenge of my life and I want to be a star in America once the tournament is over.”
Coach Ulli Wegner guided Abraham through a light work-out that featured stretching and pad work. “I already feel sorry for Taylor ,” he said. “He does not know how hard Arthur punches. Once he finds out, it will be too late. Once Arthur lands, Taylor will wish to go back to America very quickly.”
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Taylor also took a lot of time to speak to the reporters. "I have a lot of respect for Arthur as a fighter and I know he will be prepared,” he said. “You can expect a lot of fireworks in the ring on Saturday night.
"I had a good training camp in Houston and I'm well prepared. I'm expecting to deliver a good performance which will lead to victory. I know exactly how Arthur plans to fight me, it's no secret. I will be ready to counter anything that he presents."
Meanwhile, Lou DiBella, Taylor´s promoter, believes Saturday will be a sad day for German boxing fans. “There will be a lot of disappointed fans in Berlin on Saturday night after Jermain has beaten Arthur,” he said. “Arthur is a good boxer but he has never been in the ring with someone of Jermain´s class. Jermain will definitely win.”
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