Abraham knocks out Ayala, defends IBF middleweight title

Updated: April 4, 2008, 9:06 AM ET
Associated Press

KIEL, Germany -- Arthur Abraham knocked out American Elvin Ayala with a 12th-round uppercut on Saturday and successfully defended his IBF middleweight title for the seventh time.

Abraham knocked down Ayala (18-3-1) in the fifth -- the first time the American had been off his feet in his career -- and followed with a barrage of punches in the subsequent three rounds.

Apparently unable to land the knockout blow, Abraham (26-0, 21 knockouts) seemed to relent in the final round.

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