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Abraham versus Sturm in the future?

Updated: June 1, 2007, 11:54 AM ET
By Dan Rafael
While many American fans hope for a middleweight showdown between world champion Jermain Taylor and No. 1 contender Kelly Pavlik -- which is being negotiated between the promoters and HBO for the fall -- German fight fans hope to see a similar showdown between their top middleweights, Arthur Abraham (23-0, 18 KOs) and Felix Sturm (27-2, 12 KOs), both of whom hold alphabet titles.

While the bout is often discussed, the fighters are with Germany's rival promoters Wilfried Sauerland (Abraham) and Peter Kohl's Universum (Sturm). There relationship is akin to the Top Rank-Golden Boy rivalry, so the showdown is tough to make.

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