|King Arthur Abraham Interview on SHOWTIME Super Six, Jermain Taylor, Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya and much More!
By David Tyler, Doghouse Boxing (Oct 15, 2009) Photo © Howard Schatz
King Arthur Abraham is preparing for this Saturday’s first bout in the Showtime Supermiddle weight tournament against Jermain Taylor. He agreed to enter the doghouse for a brief interview. Many thanks to Michael Buffer and Johannes Berendt for making this happen.
David Tyler Champ, tell us how you got interested in boxing?
Arthur Abraham I used to be a professional cyclist; I was even a junior champion in Germany. I really wanted to do something different. My hero was Mike Tyson and I wanted to be just like him, in the ring, not like him outside the ring. He inspired me to try my luck at boxing. That’s why I name all my pets, Mike Tyson, dogs and cats.
DT Champ, how did you develop your unique defensive style or did you pattern it after another fighter.
AA No, I did not pattern the style after another fighter, I would just say that my style developed over time. I realized that I could protect myself and study my opponent at the same time. I challenge my opponent a little from this style. When I’m ready, then I start!
DT Up to now the defining fight in your boxing career was the first Miranda fight. Describe your feelings & pain during the fight.
AA I don’t have very good memories of that fight. It was very painful the entire fight after my jaw was broken but a man has to be able to defy pain, especially a true champion. Many people wanted me to quit and they can’t understand why I continued to fight. I would never allow him to take my title away from me.
DT Champ, how do you feel about the upcoming Showtime Super Middleweight tournament?
AA I think this is a great idea and I am thrilled just to be part of an event of this level of competition. I also say that it is an honor to open the tournament against such a great fighter like Jermain Taylor. This tournament is simply the best fight the best and I hope that by May 2011, I will be a star in America!
DT Champ, you mentioned Jermain Taylor as your first opponent, your thoughts.
AA Jermain Taylor is a living legend, a very tough competitor and former world champion. He will be prepared and bring his best efforts but he will not be able to beat me.
DT Is there anyone in this tournament that you will have problems beating?
DT Champ, after winning this tournament what is the next accomplishment in your career?
AA I really want to fight big fights in America, like Mayweather or like De la Hoya before he retired. That’s why I wanted to be part of this tournament. The exposure, especially in America, will help me accomplish this goal.
DT Who would you like to fight after this tournament?
AA I have not taken my thoughts past Jermain Taylor. Ask me again after the Super Middleweight tournament if finished.
DT Oscar has not listed you in his top ten pound for pound ratings, does that bother you?
AA No, because I have not had the international exposure like some fighters on his magazine’s list. But as this tournament moves along, I will get more respect.
DT So fight fans can look forward to seeing more of King Arthur Abraham in America.
AA Yes, that’s true.
DT Champ, thank you very much for taking the time from you busy training schedule for this interview. I wish you the best of luck in this Saturday’s fight against Jermain Taylor and throughout the tournament!
AA Thank you very much and tell all my fans in America that I very much appreciate their support.
Readers: I once again ask you to e-mail me with your predictions about the Showtime Super Middleweight Tournament. I’m picking King Arthur all the way. Agree, disagree, I’m anxious to hear from you.
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