Arthur Abraham to defend WBO title against Gilberto Ramirez on April 9

21/01/2016 14:06

WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (44-4, 29 KOs) will fight mandatory challenger Gilberto Ramirez (33-0, 24 KOs) on April 9 on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley 3 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The German veteran will defend his belt for the sixth time when he takes on the unbeaten Mexican southpaw.

 It will be the fourth time “King Arthur” will travel from his adopted German homeland to fight in the United States, though it will be his first bout in Las Vegas.

"I love boxing in Germany, but when the offer came to box in Las Vegas on the biggest stage on the planet, it was something we could not turn down," said Abraham. "It is every fighter's dream to see their name up in bright lights on Las Vegas Strip, and on April 9 this dream will come true. There is no chance that I will leave my belt there. I will train harder than ever to deliver the best performance of my career."

Ramirez has a considerable size and reach advantage in what will be his first world title fight. He will be aiming to become the first Mexican to win a super middleweight world title.

"This is the opportunity I have waited for since I turned professional," said Ramirez. "Fighting for the world title in Las Vegas has always been my dream. As a young boy I watched my idol Julio Cesar Chavez Sr fight in Las Vegas on TV, and I said that one day I will fight for a world title in Las Vegas in front of my fans.
"I am very proud to represent my country Mexico and make history on April 9 when I beat Arthur Abraham for the WBO world title and become the first Mexican fighter to claim the title at 168 pounds."