Super Six: Ward v Abraham
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 May 2011 23:08
Written by Boxing News
Thursday, 12 May 2011 22:47
This Saturday night on Showtime at 10pm EDT, the Super Six World Boxing Classic returns with a semifinal fight between Andre Ward and Arthur Abraham. In the co-featured non-televised portion of the card at The Home Depot Center heavyweight world contender and popular Southern California slugger Cristobal Arreola will try to stay on track for another opportunity of a world championship when he takes on Nagy Aguilera of the Dominican Republic.
For Ward (23-0, 13 KOs), with his November victory over Sakio Bika and convincing wins over Mikkel Kessler and Allan Green in the Group Stage portion of the tournament, he enters the single elimination bout against Abraham as the tournament favorite. Ward, of Oakland, Calif., can advance to the tournament Final to face the winner of the upcoming Froch vs. Johnson Semifinal bout with a win over the former middleweight champ.
ANDRE WARD (Press Conference Quotes)
"I'm born and raised here in America and I don't talk that much. I think everyone in this room understands that. There's not much else to say. I've prepared the way I'm supposed to prepare, the way a champion is supposed to prepare.
"I respect Arthur Abraham, it's going to be a tough fight. I want to be a great fighter, but I'm not there yet. These are the kind of fights that you have to take and you have to win to be a great fighter.
"I won't hear the crowd, I won't hear anybody on Saturday night. I'm locked in. I'm here to defend my belt and to keep my belt right here in America."
"My first goal is to win and I know winning in this sport takes care of a lot of problems.
Abraham (32-2, 26 KOs), of Berlin, Germany by way of Armenia, entered the tournament as a heavy favorite alongside Kessler. But after emerging from Group Stage 1 as the points leader with a knockout win over Jermain Taylor, Abraham is now trying to bounce back from consecutive tournament losses to Andre Dirrell and Froch in Group Stages 2 and 3, respectively. With a win over Ward on May 14, Abraham, who entered the tournament with an unblemished record, can once again become a world champion and the tournament favorite heading into the Finals.
ARTHUR ABRAHAM (Press Conference Quotes)
"I don't have to speak much. We just want to perform in the ring and we don't have to do much talking. We're here to win in the ring.
"Of course my trainer and my promoter respect me. There's no question of that. In Europe, we don't talk very much. I'm here to win.
"I have a lot of respect for Andre Ward. He's a technically sound boxer. But that talk doesn't matter when we get in the ring on Saturday. I'm here to win and I'm here to destroy him.
"I'm very happy to be part of this tournament. This tournament started well for me and it will end well.
"I had to make some adjustments to my style for moving from middleweight to super middleweight and then we had to make some more after the losses. We have made the necessary adjustments."