WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham puts another tick on his bucket list this spring when the Armenian-German puncher tackles Gilberto Ramirez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The 48-fight veteran, who is enjoying an eight-fight winning streak, heads back to the United States for the first time in five years on April 9 and is looking forward to defending his title at a world famous arena alongside Manny Pacquiao.
“This fight is a dream come true for me,” said Abraham.
“I fought in Hollywood, Florida vs. Edison Miranda, against Andre Dirrell in Detroit and vs. Andre Ward in Carson, California. But the flair of a big-time event was missing.
“I was at Manny’s fight vs. Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand in 2011 and the atmosphere captured my imagination. Afterwards, it was my wish to one day step into this very ring and on April 9 I will finally get the chance to share the spotlight with the “Pac-Man”.
“I do not take a win that night for granted, as Gilberto Ramirez is a young upcoming boxer from Mexico, one of the greatest fighting countries. He wants to write history by becoming the first Mexican to win a world championship at super middleweight. But myself being an Armenian, living and fighting out of Germany, I have two values to fight for: pride and honor.
“I will go into this fight with the following words on my mind: “Mejor morir de pie que vivir arrodillado!” This is going to be my greatest victory,” he added.
Pacquiao faces Timothy Bradley for the third time in the Top Rank headlining event, whilst Abraham is looking to set-up a possible home defense against George Groves with yet another victory in a world title bout.