In response to Raul "El Diamente" Marquez' recent claims to shock the boxing world November 8 when he fights unbeaten IBF middleweight champion "King" Arthur Abraham at Jako Arena in Bamberg, Germany, unbeaten International Boxing Federation middleweight champion "King" Arthur Abraham suggests that the challenger start looking for a new job.
Abraham believes there is no reason for Marquez to be worried about the IBF middleweight champion´s weight. The two fighters will clash in Bamberg on November 8, five weeks later than originally planned after Abraham was flattened by the flu on the day of the fight.
Earlier this week, Marquez said in a statement: "Maybe he was sick but, if he really was, it was because of what he had to do to make weight. If he really was sick it would have taken him two weeks to get back to where he was. Four weeks isn't going to help him if he's having trouble making 160 pounds."
"I want to thank Marquez for his medical diagnosis," Abraham sarcastically said. "Maybe he can work as a doctor once I have defeated him. I know for a fact that he will not be the new IBF middleweight champion, so it might be wise to think of an alternative career. I know he has worked as a TV commentator, but if he likes to share his thoughts on weight problems, he should try and land a job with Weight Watchers!"
Abraham vows to be in top shape come Nov. 8. "I was unfortunate to get sick but there is nothing you can do about it," he added. "It just happens. I have fully recovered and quickly returned to practice. Everything has been going fine and I will be in great form next week."
Abraham, 27-0 (22), rated No. 2 by The Ring and ESPN, captured the IBF middleweight title nearly three years ago by way of a fifth-round knockout of Kingsley Ikeke. Seven successful title defenses have followed against Miranda, Shannon Taylor, Kofi Jantuah, Sebastian Demers, Khoren Gevor, Wayne Elcock and Elvin Ayala.
"King Arthur" also stressed that he is not looking past Marquez to Kelley Pavlik, Felix Sturm or anybody else. "From day one it has been my goal to become super-champion and unify the titles," King Arthur said. "But I am well aware that I will only get the chance if I beat Marquez on November 8. That is why my full focus is on him."
The 37-year-old Marquez, 41-3-1 (29), rated No. 2 (No. 1 unrated) by the IBF as well as No. 8 by The Ring and No. 9 by ESPN, earned his title shot against Abraham by defeating previously unbeaten No. 1 contender Giovanni Lorenzo in their June 21st IBF title eliminator. Marquez, fighting out of Houston, was a 1992 U.S. Olympian who was the IBF junior middleweight title-holder in 1997.
The 10-round co-feature on the PPV show from Germany finds former NABO champion and "The Next Great Champ" reality television winner, Otis "Triple OG" Griffin, 19-3-2 (7), of Sacramento, fighting Yugoslavian-born Enad Licina, 14-1 (8), now living in Germany, for the vacant IBF Intercontinental cruiserweight belt.
Abraham-Marquez is promoted by Wilfried Sauerland, presented by Sauerland Event and its Managing Director, Christian Meyer, in association with Seminole Warriors Boxing. The broadcast is being distributed in the United States and Canada by Integrated Sports for live viewing in English and Spanish at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, TVN, DISH Network, Viewer's Choice Canada, and Bell ExpressVue, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. iN Demand will show a replay the following day (Sunday, Nov. 9) at 2 PM/ET. Al Bernstein and Nick Charles will call the action.