Arthur Abraham vs Patrick Nielsen Preview April 28th
Former three-time, two-division world champ Arthur Abraham of Armenia will be taking on Patrick Nielsen of Denmark at the Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany this Saturday, April 21st in what’s being billed as a 12-round super middleweight bout. Abraham last fought in July when he dropped a 12-round unanimous decision to Chris Eubank Jr. in a shot at the IBO Super Middleweight Title. Nielsen’s last outing took place in October when he was stopped by John Ryder in the fifth round.
Abraham vs Nielsen Betting Odds
- Patrick Nielsen +900
- Arthur Abraham -1600
Former middleweight and super middleweight champ Abraham was born in Armenia, but fights out of Germany. He’s now 38 years old and lost his WBO Super Middleweight Title to Gilberto Ramirez in 2016 after defending it five times and is hoping to eventually meet him in a rematch. However, he’s now lost two of his last four outings since Eubank beat him. Abraham climbs into the ring with a mark of 46-6 with 30 Kos to his name. He has good power with a knockout ratio of 58 per cent, but doesn’t have one-punch knockout devastation in his fists.
Abraham has the edge in experience as he’s fought numerous world title bouts and has boxed 413 rounds since turning pro in 2003. He stands 5-feet-9-inches tall with a 72-inch reach. He also has a very solid chin as he’s been stopped just once and is still a dependable and durable boxer. He’s also taken on the likes of Martin Murray, Robert Stieglitz, Howard Eastman, Kingsley Ikeke, Shannon Taylor, Kofi Jantuah, Edison Miranda, Raul Marquez, Jermain Taylor, Andre Dirrell, Carl Froch, and Andre Ward and was successful against most of them.
Besides losing to Ramirez and Eubank, Abraham’s defeats have been to Stieglitz, Ward, Froch and Dirrell. Ward and Froch decisioned him while Abraham was disqualified in the last round against Dirrell and Stieglitz beat him by fourth-round TKO in 2013. Abraham used to have quite a bit of power, but has scored just two stoppages in his last 14 fights dating back to 2012. Abraham is also a former IBF Middleweight Champion who made 10 defences before moving up in weight to the 168 lb. division.
He took the WBO Super Middleweight crown in 2012 from Stieglitz, but lost the belt in a rematch the next year when the fight was stopped in the fourth round due to cuts. Abraham then took the title back from him via a split decision in 2014. Ramirez then showed the boxing world that mobility and accurate counterpunching is the way to beat Abraham and Eubank more or less followed suit in his victory last year.
Nielsen is just 27 years old so is a full 11 years younger than Abraham. He’s a former WBA Intercontinental and International Super Middleweight Champion who will enter the ring with a record of 29-2 along with 14 Kos. He’s a southpaw who stands 6-feet tall with a 73-inch reach so has a three-inch height and one-inch reach edge over Abraham. He’s got fast hands and decent power, but often throws wide shots like the young George Foreman instead of coming down the middle and can leave himself off balance and open for a good counter punch.
Nielsen turned pro back in 2009 and has plenty of experience with 203 rounds under his belt since. He likes to be the aggressor so this could be an exciting bout. Nielsen is quicker and try to use his strong right jab to control the action, but his chin in now somewhat questionable after being knocked out by Ryder in his last bout. Nielsen isn’t known as a power puncher and carries around a knockout ratio of 45 per cent. His other loss was to Dmitrii Chudinov bu 12-round unanimous decision in 2014 with his biggest wins being against Patrick Mendy, Patrick Majewski and Rudy Markussen.
Abraham isn’t a huge puncher anymore, but is still dangerous even though his skills are fading. He likes to work his way inside and dig to the body, but struggles sometime when on the back foot. Still, he should have enough left in the tank to handle Nielsen.
Abraham’s experience should be the difference.
Play: Abraham -1600 @ BetOnline.ag
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