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‘King Arthur’ to defend his crown

Arthur Abraham will defend his WBO super-middleweight title against Nikola Sjekloca on 3 May.

The German and the challenger, who is from Montenegro, will meet in Berlin, the promoters announced on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old “King Arthur” defeated Robert Stieglitz on a split decision earlier this month to win back the title he had lost to his fellow German in March last year.

"Finally, I have the WBO belt back around my waist and I don't plan on giving it up any time soon," said Abraham.

"I gave so much blood, sweat and tears for my last fight and it made me a world champion again. I will have to do the same to prepare for Sjekloca."

Sjekloca has already had a crack at a “world” title in the division when he lost on points in a WBC eliminator to Sakio Bika in Atlantic City in February last year. It was his first defeat in 27 bouts, of which he won eight by knockout.

"Sjekloca, has a good jab and tries to be very active," said Abraham's coach Ulli Wegner.

"In his fight against Bika he also showed that he can take a punch, so Arthur can't rely only on his power."


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