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Arthur Abraham's future

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Hand on heart I always thought (I know it's a bit much for me to be saying this AFTER they've fought) Dirrell was the only one in the tournament whose style would beat Arthur Abraham.

I think Ward would try to go toe-to-toe with him one time too many and get hurt/dropped/stopped, and as for Kessler we have yet to discover if he is still there mentally.

Froch I see as a win for Abraham, as we know Carl loves to engage but his low guard and lack of speed at the top level will ensure Abraham manages to hurt him enough times to slow him down, not sure about a stoppage though that guys got a sweet chin.
Im not sure how Abrhama-Green would go as I've not seen him much at all but will have more of an opinion after the Ward fight whenever it actually does happen...

But basically the only way Abraham or Froch haven't managed to stop Dirrell (by the book anyway haha) is because of his extreme elusiveness...and I honestly hope Ward beats him and knocks him out of the tournament now.

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posted Mar 29, 2010

idwal,

Dirrel was ahead but the fight was never allowed to go to its natural conclusion. We dont know if Dirrell could have held on to that lead because he was begining to get hurt and given Arthurs history of dramatic late victories, I epxect Dirrel was going to be stopped in the last round.

However we can only specualte what would have happend and either fighter can be blamed. Abs for fouling and Direll for acting.

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posted Mar 29, 2010

There is no way Dirrel was acting. It is common for delayed reactions to a knockout and he didn't know where he was when he came round. Plus it was a DQ anyway so why pretend to be out cold?

If that was an act then Dirrell is in the wrong proffesion and deserves an oscar.

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posted Mar 29, 2010

Dirrel was ahead but the fight was never allowed to go to its natural conclusion. We dont know if Dirrell could have held on to that lead because he was begining to get hurt and given Arthurs history of dramatic late victories, I epxect Dirrel was going to be stopped in the last round.

Agreed - he could have been stopped wouldn't rule it out, thought Dirrell would held on but he could defo been stopped.

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posted Mar 29, 2010

Dirrell fought very well, but was weakening towards the end. Abraham sensed this and was coming on strong.

Dirrell was ahead and fought well, but he did milk that incident for all it was worth, as he was not confident in his ability to starve Abraham off for the remainder.

He could have probably made it to the end and taken the decision.

Articles have been published stating that Dirrell has a clean bill of health. To be honest, I along with many others could have told you that straight after the fight.

The americans felt he got jobbed against Froch (I thought Dirrell won that fight, but not by much) and as a result over compensated, with the fall guy being Abraham.

The 10th Rnd knock-down, a slip? Dirrell collapsing all to often when Abraham cornered him? Dirrell got the win, but......

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posted Mar 29, 2010

Not condoning Abraham, but it did like Dirrell milked it as much as he could.

Maybe he was hurt real bad, but if thats the case his opponents might start taking more risks to try and ko him.

Either way neither looked good to me in terms of sportsmanship.

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posted Mar 29, 2010

One thing you all seem to over look is what a great fight it was puncher vs boxer at its best.
I think Dirrell was getting his own way for to much with the rep could see with the look in his eye Abraham was going nuts.Not the Biggest punch l have seen to end a fight chin like my man khan maybe.

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posted Mar 30, 2010

I finally got to see the remaining rounds.
It appeared that Abrahams was closing in and was hurting Dirrell,but left it very late
I never heard that the cut eye was a head butt and recall Direll was doing a lot of that in earlier fight.
The final punch did not look like a clean punch more os a side swipe but hard to tell must have been solid.I think the height advantage favored Dirrell to keep his distance, but Abrahams must have a better game plan and learn to close in much earlier as leaving it till last couple rounds is not smart.Like to see return bout to see if Abrahams learned anything as he has big punch but slow and too static .

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posted Mar 30, 2010

I have just watched the whole fight on youtube.
Dirrell was deservedly ahead on points but was tiring and Abraham had started to get through with some right hands, and was also denied a clear knockdown in the 10th.
I think that Dirrell totally overplayed the foul and got his opponent disqualified.
Had it gone the distance, he would have won as he was too far ahead but he obviously didnt have the stomach for the last round and a half, which would give an indication of how tired he was.
Some nice boxing early on from AD, (although a lot of arm punches) AA started too slowly but a rematch elsewhere with a change of ref could well be different.
A distasteful end to what was up till then a good fight

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posted Mar 30, 2010

I think those who are saying dirrell was milking it need to have a look again, particularly with the sound up.

For about 15 minutes after, he though he lost the fight and had been knocked out. he couldn't understand he'd won.

Yeah he was tiring and arthur might have knocked him out in the last, but we'll never know. As it was dirrell deserved the win

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posted Mar 30, 2010

If he was faking it, then that was oscar worthy.

I also think that Ward beats Abraham.

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