- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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In Germany, a showdown between super middleweight titlist Arthur Abraham and middleweight titleholder Felix Sturm would be huge business. It’s a fight the fans there have wanted for years and Abraham is now also interested.
In his first defense since regaining his 168-pound title from Robert Stieglitz in their rubber match, Abraham, 34, outpointed Nikola Sjekloca on Saturday in Berlin. Now he wants a piece of Sturm, 35, arguably Germany’s most popular fighter not named Abraham or Wladimir Klitschko, the heavyweight champion.
“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 (40-4, 28 KOs) and Sturm (39-3-2, 18 KOs) are both in the twilight of excellent careers. It would be a spectacle if the fight could be made.
Sturm won a middleweight title for the fourth time in December when he stopped Darren Barker in the second round. If a showdown with Abraham is to happen, Sturm would first need to get past Australia’s Sam Soliman (43-11, 18 KOs) May 31 in a rematch.
In their first bout, in September 2012, Soliman won a close decision that was later changed to a no-decision when Soliman tested positive for a banned substance and was suspended by German regulators.