A stipulated WBO super middleweight title clash between current champion Arthur Abraham and number one contender Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez will be heading to Germany this spring.
At the official WBO purse bid at Madison Square Garden in New York this week, Sauerland and Top Rank both tabled offers around the $1.5million dollar mark in the hope of claiming the rights to stage the contest.
According to WBO General Secretary Jose Izquierdo, there was just the slightest of margins separating the two bids as Sauerland pipped Top Rank in their quest to give Abraham home advantage, said to be on April 9.
“Sauerland won the Arthur Abraham v Gilberto Ramirez Purse Bid with a winning bid of $1,563,057 versus Top Rank’s $1,500,257,” Izquierdo exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Regarding a venue, Berlin, Stuttgart, or one other possible venue in Germany on April 9 were proposed for the fight.”
WBN Pound for Pound ranked Abraham has enjoyed a long and fruitful career as a champion in two divisions, although the general consensus is that the German’s time as ‘King’ is up and there will be a new star born when the pair meet.
Gaining home comforts would have been a major factor for Sauerland once Ramirez was placed as mandatory to Abraham as the Mexican is undefeated in 33 bouts and has 24 knockouts at the tender age of 24.
Ramirez is widely regarded as a star of the future and will be a massive test for Abraham to see if the 35 year-old has enough left following a long, hard career spanning over twelve and half years and 23 world title fights.