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Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Arthur Abraham ready for return

By Dan Rafael
ESPN.com

Arthur Abraham, who lost his super middleweight world title by a one-sided fourth-round knockout in a rematch with Robert Stieglitz on March 23, will make his ring return on Aug. 24, promoter Sauerland Event announced on Tuesday.

Abraham (36-4, 28 KOs) will face Willbeforce Shihepo (20-6, 15 KOs), 30, of Namibia, at the Sport-und Kongresshalle in Schwerin, Germany, Abraham's home country.

Abraham, also a former middleweight titlist, challenged Stieglitz for his super middleweight belt last August and won a majority decision in one of the biggest fights in recent German boxing history.

After one successful defense, Abraham met Stieglitz in a rematch and was pounded. Stieglitz hurt Abraham several times and badly swelled his left eye before the fight was stopped.

Now, Abraham is beginning his quest toward another title opportunity.

"Obviously, I felt pretty low after losing the world championship," Abraham said. "In the end, an injury to the left eye led to the loss. I have never experienced anything like that before. But now all I do is look ahead. I am excited about my fight in Schwerin. By beating Shihepo, I want to become the WBO's mandatory challenger and fight for the championship [held by Stieglitz] once again."

Shihepo, who will be fighting in Germany for the second time, is riding a seven-fight winning streak.

Also on the card, Juergen Braehmer (40-2, 31 KOs), 34, of Germany, will make the second defense of the European light heavyweight title when he faces Stefano Abatangelo (17-2-1, 6 KOs), 31, of Italy.