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Abraham stops Ikeke to win IBF middleweight title

Updated: December 12, 2005, 12:11 PM ET
Associated Press

LEIPZIG, Germany -- Armenia's Arthur Abraham stopped Nigeria's Kingsley Ikeke in the fifth round to win the vacant IBF middleweight title on Saturday.

Abraham improved to 20-0 with 18 knockouts as he took the title vacated by Little Rock's Jermain Taylor. Ikeke, ranked second by the IBF, fell to 23-2.

"It was his fight, not mine -- I couldn't stop him," Ikeke said.

Abraham had no trouble hitting the 6-foot-4 Nigerian. By the fourth round, he was taunting Ikeke, and Abraham's ...

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