Arthur Abraham defeats Martin Murray via split nod in Hannover

WBN 21/11/2015

Arthur Abraham defended his WBO super middleweight belt for the sixth time with a hard-fought split decision victory at the Tui Arena in Hannover, Germany.

The solid veteran used all his vast experience in world title fights and facing the best around to nullify Murray’s best efforts at the right times in the fight.

Murray had considerable success over the twelve rounds, including a massive shot midway that rocked Abraham to the core, although ‘King’ Arthur used his extensive boxing knowledge to recover.

Down the stretch, Murray was deducted a point for what referee Benny Esteves Jr considered to be consistent holding, which when all said and done wouldn’t have saved the Briton from defeat.

In the end, two of the three ringside judges saw the 116-111 and 115-112 to Abraham, with the third seeing it 115-112 to Murray.

There may be quiet calls for a rematch between the pair from Murray’s promoter Eddie Hearn, but Murray may have to get Abraham out of home comforts to stand any chance of taking the German’s his belt on points.

In the co-feature, former European light heavyweight champion Eduard Gutknecht, who now campaigns at 168lbs, ended his clash with late replacement Arman Torosyan with a crunching liver shot in the fourth round.

Gutknecht was due to face Tyron Zeuge in a fringe title contest until the top contender pulled out with flu, although the 33 year-old had no problem claiming a 29th career triumph in his absence. Zeuge is expected to rearrange his clash with Gutknecht in 2016.

British light heavyweight Deion Jumah can now boast a 6-0 record after taking a unanimous six round victory against Fabrizio Leone, whilst 17 year-old Leon Bauer secured a unanimous decision win over Attila Kiss, 33, over four rounds.

Earlier, Heavyweight Alexander Hofmann, cruiserweight Alexander Peil, super middleweight Patrick Wojcicki and super lightweight Armin Winer all recorded wins on their debuts.