WBO super middleweight champion, Arthur Abraham (44-4), scored a split decision victory over Martin Murray (32-3-1) on Saturday night at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany.
It was a closely fought contest throughout. Abraham summoned all of his experience to overcome a battle-hardened Murray.
From the opening bell, Murray looked to clinch when Abraham went on the offensive. Such a tactic may work on occasion, but in this instance, it ended up costing Murray a point. In the 11th round, referee, Benjy Esteves Jr, had seen enough and he penalised Murray.
When attacking, Murray was able to find reasonable success, most memorably when he caught Abraham with a vicious overhand right, shaking the champion to his core in the eighth round.
Aside from being rocked in the eighth, Abraham generally defended himself well throughout the fight. He didn’t match Murray in work rate but his sheer power gave him a big advantage in the second half of the fight.
The final scorecards read 115-112, 116-111 for Abraham and 115-112 for Murray.
On the undercard, Eduard Gutknecht (29-3-1) was able to stop Arman Torosyan (16-2-1) in the fourth round with a huge body shot.
British light heavyweight Deion Jumah (6-0) won a unanimous decision over six rounds against Fabrizio Leone (6-7-0), whilst Leon Bauer (5-0) secured a unanimous decision against Attila Kiss (11-71-3) in their four-round bout.
In the opening bouts of the evening, Alexander Hofmann, Alexander Peil, Patrick Wojcicki and Armin Winer all secured victories on their pro-debuts.