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Thursday, September 26, 2013
Arthur Abraham gets an opponent

By Dan Rafael

Former super middleweight titlist Arthur Abraham (37-4, 28 KOs) received an opponent for his Oct. 26 main event in Oldenburg, Germany, it was announced Wednesday. He will face Italy's Giovanni De Carolis (20-4, 10 KOs) at the EWE Arena.

"Finally, there is clarity for me," Abraham said. "Now I will have to study my next opponent on tape, together with my coach Ulli Wegner. With the perfect preparation and strategy, there is no doubt in my mind that I will leave the ring as the winner."

Abraham is in the mandatory position for a rubber match with 168-pound titlist Robert Stieglitz, but Stieglitz will first make an Oct. 19 defense. That means the rubber match won't happen until at least early next year, and Abraham wanted to stay active in the meantime. So he'll take on De Carolis, whose résumé is devoid of a notable opponent or victory.

"He is a good technician who likes to mix it up offensively," Wegner said of De Carolis. "This will be a good test for Arthur. If he wins decisively, I will be more than excited about a third fight between him and Stieglitz in early 2014."

Abraham won a debatable decision over Stieglitz to win the belt in August 2012 and then was wiped out in four rounds in the March rematch.

The undercard of the show took a hit when Russian heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov (33-0, 26 KOs) was knocked off by yet another injury.

Sauerland Event managing director Chris Meyer told ESPN.com that Boytsov injured a knee last week while playing soccer.

Meyer said the fighter would lay off the knee for two weeks while going for therapy before a doctor decides if he can fight on a Nov. 23 card.

Boytsov, 27, has had several injury setbacks, mainly hand injuries.