Exclusive: Sauerland expects Abraham v Ramirez in Germany barring ‘sensational offer’
Arthur Abraham’s promoter Kalle Sauerland has revealed to WBN that talks are already underway for the WBO super middleweight champion to defend his belt against mandatory challenger Gilberto Ramirez.
Just days on from ‘King’ Arthur retaining his title in a tough battle with Briton Martin Murray, Sauerland is negotiating to face dangerous Mexican and number one contender Ramirez in the first few months of 2016.
“We are talking to Bob Arum and Top Rank regarding the fight which is due to take place in the spring,” Sauerland exclusively told World Boxing News,
As Abraham has been enjoying home comforts in Germany since taking part in the Showtime Super Six between 2009 and 2011, Sauerland then outlined that only a huge offer from Arum would convince the champion to travel.
“If the fight takes place in the U.S. the split of the purses according to the rules of the WBO would be 80/20. Therefore, unless we receive a sensational offer to come over we expect the event to be held in Germany,” he outlined.
“We have an exclusive deal with one of Germany’s largest broadcasters Sat 1 and Arthur has massive viewing figures. However, as always we are open to traveling as Arthur has done many times in his career but this is professional boxing and it would need to be lucrative.”
Challenger Ramirez, 24, is building a growing reputation since winning the WBN Prospect of the Year way back in 2011 and now has 33 wins and 24 stoppages from an unblemished and near untouched record. ‘Zurdo’ has hardly lost a round throughout his six-year professional career and doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down, even as the calibre of his opponents has increased over his last three fights.
Of course, Abraham will be a stern test for Ramirez as the two-weight world title holder has been campaigning at the top level for some time now, which could be all the more reason for Arum to pull out all the stops and take the fight to the United States.