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HyeFighter TerMeliksetian gets TKO’d against Linares – 10/31/09

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Linares just too much for HyeFighter Arshak TerMeliksetian who looses via TKO.

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HyeFighter Harutunian beats Malod – 10/31/09

HyeFighter Harutunian beats Malod - 10/31/09

HyeFighter Harutunian beats Malod - 10/31/09

HyeFighter Gor Harutunian beats Hubert Malod via 1st Round Submission in France

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HyeFighters Giorgio Petrosyan and Gago Drago are Both Victorious at the K1-World Max Petrosyan, Crowned CHAMPION of K1-2009

Giorgio Petrosyan - K1 World Max 2009 Champion

Giorgio Petrosyan - K1 World Max 2009 Champion

Giorgio Petrosyan Beats Andy Souwer via Unanimous Decision at the FIELDS K-1 WORLD MAX 2009 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS and is CROWNED – K1 WORLD CHAMPION

Petrosyan vs Souwer Part 1 of 2

Petrosyan vs Souwer Part 2 of 2

Drago vs Kohiruimaki Part 1 of 2


Drago vs Kohiruimaki Part 2 of 2


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Petrosyan vs Souwer – 10/26/09

Giorgio Petrosyan - Muay Thai / Kickboxing

Giorgio Petrosyan - Muay Thai / Kickboxing

Petrosyan vs Souwer Part 1 of 2

Petrosyan vs Souwer Part 2 of 2

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Gago Drago vs Kohiruimaki – 10/26/09

Gago Drago - Muay Thai / Kickboxing

Gago Drago - Muay Thai / Kickboxing

Drago vs Kohiruimaki Part 1 of 2


Drago vs Kohiruimaki Part 2 of 2

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HyeFighter Vardan Mnatsakanyan Impressive in Boxing Debut but loses via Decision

Vardan Mnatsakanyan

Vardan Mnatsakanyan

Rounds 1, 2 & 3

Rounds 4 & 5


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Vardan Mnatsakanyan Boxing Debut – 10/24/09

Vardan Mnatsakanyan - Muay Thai / Kickboxing

Vardan Mnatsakanyan - Muay Thai / Kickboxing

Vardan Mnatsakanyan Boxing Debut

Rounds 1, 2 & 3

Rounds 4 & 5


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HyeFighter Alex Miskirtchian Beats Aktas – 10/24/09

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Alex Miskirtchian Beats Osman Aktas

Alex Miskirtchian
Beats Osman Aktas
via UD and WINS

the EBU-EU (European Union) featherweight title

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HyeFighter Arman Ovsepyan wins by TKO – 10/24/09

HyeFighter Arman Ovsepyan beats Mika Joensuu via TKO in the 2nd round to improve to 6 Wins & 1 Loss (with 5 of the wins coming by KO).

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HyeFighter Yengoyan remains Undefeated with KO of Fabrizius – 10/23/09

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HyeFighter Sasha Yengoyan remains undefeated with a 5th round KO of Johannes Fabrizius in Belgium.

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HyeFighter Artyom Hovahannisyan KO’s Navarette at 2:21 of Round 1!!! 10/22/09

HyeFighter Artyom Hovahannisyan KO's Navarette at 2:21 of Round 1!!!

HyeFighter Artyom Hovahannisyan KO's Navarette at 2:21 of Round 1!!!

by Francisco Salazar at ringside & pictures by Big Joe Miranda

Unbeaten HyeFighter Art Hovahannisyan is a boxer who can move and box. However, it is his most recent string of knockouts that has awed people in attendance. His most recent knockout was no different. Hovhannisyan, who took the bout on two days notice, knocked out Adrian Navarette in the first round of a scheduled six round bout before about 500 at the famed Commerce Casino in Commerce, CA. The bout headlined a “Battle of the Rising Stars” card, presented by All Star Boxing.

Originally, Navarette was supposed to face Cleotis Pendarvis, who was coming off a close eight round majority decision loss to Mauricio Herrera just two weeks ago. However, Pendarvis withdrew from the fight the day before the way because of personal family reasons.

Hovhannisyan stepped in as a replacement, winning four out of his last six bouts by knockout. His last fight was last month, where he stopped durable veteran Baudel Cardenas in the fifth round of a scheduled six round bout.

Navarette was coming off a stoppage victory in his last fight in August over hard-hitting Joel Ortega.

Hovhannisyan started the bout strong, taking the initiative and landing hard rights to the head of Navarette. Hovhannisyan also slipped in hooks to the head and body of Navarette.

Navarette tried to fight back, but did not have an answer for Hovhannisyan’s repeated offense.
Just when it looked as though Hovhannisyan was content to control the tempo and land, a left hook to the head dropped Navarette to the canvas. The impact of Navarette’s head hitting the canvas prompted referee Raul Caiz, Sr. to immediately stop the bout at 2:21.

Navarette lay motionless on the canvas, prompting commission officials to order the paramedics in the ring to tend to Navarette. After a few tense moments, Navarette began to move his arms and legs. He was eventually strapped onto the gurney and wheeled out of the venue, blinking his eyes and moving his fingers.

Hovhannisyan, from Glendale, CA by way of Yerevan, Armenia, improves to 10-0-1, 5 KO’s. Navarette, from Durango, Mexico, drops to 17-6-1, 10 KO’s. Boxrec.com lists Navarette with a record of 18-7-1, 14 KO’s entering Thursday night’s fight.

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HyeFighter Karen Darabedyan Join the WEC and will fight in the SAME card as fellow HyeFighter Manny Gamburyan – 11/18/09

Darabedyan Joins WEC

Darabedyan Joins WEC

by Dann Stupp on Oct 21, 2009 at 7:20 pm ET

With the addition of WEC newcomer Karen Darabedyan (8-1 MMA, 0-0 WEC), the fight card for next month’s WEC 44 event is now complete.

WEC officials today announced the full fight card for the Nov. 18 event, which features a main event between WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown and challenger Jose Aldo.

The show takes place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, and the night’s four-fight main card airs on Versus.

“WEC continually delivers some of the best fights in the business,” WEC General Manager Reed Harris stated. “With this event taking place the same week as UFC 106, we guarantee that this will be one of the best fight weeks in the history of the sport.”

As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported earlier today, Anthony Pettis was recently forced out of his lightweight bout with Rob McCullough (17-5 MMA, 8-3 WEC). WEC officials weren’t immediately sure who would take the vacant spot on the night’s televised card, though Darabedyan ultimately got the call to face the former WEC lightweight champion.

Darabedyan, a training partner of WEC 44 co-headliner Manny Gamburyan, is a Los Angeles-based fighter who’s racked up an 8-1 professional record during his three-year pro career. Half of his victories have come via stoppage, and his lone loss came to former UFC fighter Koji Oishi via decision.

The official fight card for WEC 44 now includes:

MAIN CARD

  • Champ Mike Brown vs. Jose Aldo (for WEC featherweight title)

  • Manny Gamburyan vs. Leonard Garcia

  • Karen Darabedyan vs. Rob McCullough

  • Danny Castillo vs. Shane Roller

PRELIMINARY CARD (un-aired)

  • Alex Karalexis vs. Kamal Shalorus

  • L.C. Davis vs. Diego Nunes

  • John Franchi vs. Cub Swanson

  • Antonio Banuelos vs. Kenji Osawa

  • James Krause vs. Ricardo Lamas

  • Seth Dikun vs. Frank Gomez

Tickets for the event are now on sale at ticketmaster.com.

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Video Featuring HyeFighter Gegard Mousasi – 10/18/09

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Cool Video Featuring HyeFighter Gegard Mousasi

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HyeFighter Sako Chivitchyan improves to 4 & 0 – 10/18/09

Sako Chivitchyan remains UNDEFEATED

Sako Chivitchyan remains UNDEFEATED

HyeFighter Sako Chivitchyan beats Sergio Salcido at 1:28 of round one with an armbar submission to remain undefeated at 4 & 0

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HyeFighter Abraham beats Taylor via 12th Round KO

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By Karl Freitag from FightNews.com

We have the first winner in SHOWTIMES’s groundbreaking SUPER SIX Tournament. The bout took place at Berlin’s O2 World before a sold-out crowd of 14,000+.

In a clash of former middleweight world champions, unbeaten Arthur Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) scored a spectacular late knockout over Jermain Taylor (28-4, 17 KOs) before 14,000+ at the sold out O2 World in Berlin, Germany in the first round of SHOWTIME’s “Super Six World Boxing Classic” super middleweight tournament. A huge right hand put Taylor down and out with just 16 seconds left in the fight.

Round One: Mostly a “feeling out” round. Abraham landed a couple of good rights.

Round Two: Taylor hit Abraham with a low blow, and later with a good left hook. Abraham landed some glancing blows when swarming Taylor.

Round Three: Taylor active with his jab, Abraham landed some power shots.

Round Four: Another low blow from Taylor, who began throwing more power shots. Abraham didn’t do much.

Round Five: Abraham much more aggressive, trying to turn the “boxing match” into a fight.

Round Six: Taylor deducted a point for another low blow by referee referee Jose Guadalupe Garcia. Finally some exchanges! Abraham getting the better of it.

Round Seven: Taylor’s jab still working well, but when the fight opens up, it’s Abraham doing more damage.

Round Eight: Abraham lowered his guard trying to entice Taylor to mix it up.

Round Nine: Abraham momentarily staggered Taylor with a huge right hand, but didn’t follow up. Taylor recovered quickly.

Round Ten: Taylor still jabbing. Abraham looking to land big shots.

Round Eleven: Taylor keeping his hands moving. Abraham came on at the end of the round.

Round Twelve: Taylor still jabbing. Abraham connecting with some power shots. Abraham landed a huge right hand knocking out Taylor with seconds left in the fight. Time was 2:44.

Abraham’s KO will have extra significance in the Super Six tournament as each fighter’s three “Group Stage” matchups are for points.

3 points for a KO/TKO victory

2 points for a decision win.

1 point for a draw

0 points for a loss

After the Group Stage, the four fighters with the highest point totals will advance to the single-elimination Semi-Finals. The winners of the Semi-Final bouts will advance to the Finals and fight for the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic trophy.

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Cool Video Featuring HyeFighter Gegard Mousasi

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Cool Video Featuring HyeFighter Gegard Mousasi

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HyeFighter Abraham KO’s Taylor – 10/17/09

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Taylor still jabbing. Abraham connecting with some power shots. Abraham landed a huge right hand knocking out Taylor with seconds left in the fight. Time was 2:44.

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HyeFighter Jared Papazian WINS via UNANIMOUS DECISION – 10/16/09

Papazin wins via UD

Papazin wins via UD

HyeFighter Jared Papazian WINS via UNANIMOUS DECISION at the Redemption fights at the Westlake Village Hyatt – 10/16/09

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HyeFighter Abraham & Taylor Getting Hot!!!

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Jermain Taylor today dismissed Arthur Abraham’s talents at a packed press conference at the o2 World Arena in Berlin. More than 14.000 fans will be in attendance when the two former champions open the Super Six World Boxing Classic in Germany´s capital on Saturday night (SHOWTIME®, 8 p.m. ET/PT, tape delayed). Taylor added fuel to the fire today when he publicly questioned his opponent’s class. Asked how he would rank Abraham, he replied: “There is nothing special about him. He has some power and I know he will be prepared to do battle, (but he is) just a normal fighter. I would not rank him at the top with some of the other fighters I have fought.”

Abraham refused to return the verbal jab. “He can say what he likes. I am sure he will have a different opinion once I have caught him for the first time. I really look forward to Saturday. This is a special fight, the first of many big fights in the Super Six tournament. I am ready and prepared and cannot wait to get in the ring with Taylor.”

Here are all the quotes from today´s press conference.

JERMAIN TAYLOR

“I have been in Berlin for about a week and a lot of people have come up to me on the street and let me know they will be cheering for me. I don’t think he is going to have 50,000 people hoping he wins. There a lot who want him to lose. I don’t think that everybody likes him.”

“I’m ready to do battle and win by any means necessary. Every fighter has to be ready to do battle and go to war. I’m expecting a war and I’m prepared for it.”

“Whoever wins this tournament I think would have to be considered the best Super Middleweight. You have six very talented Super Middleweights and I don’t see how the winner could not be seen as the best.”

ARTHUR ABRAHAM

“I want to be a star in America and the Super Six tournament will help me to accomplish my goals. I am thrilled to get started.”

“I have been a happy man each and every day because I don´t have to make weight any more. For me that used to be the biggest problem – much bigger than the actual fight. But since I don´t have to lose much weight this time, I am very relaxed, happy and in a great mood.”

“We will find out on Saturday in what shape Taylor will be like. There are no favorites in this tournament. There are six great fighters. They will all be in great shape and we can only tell afterwards who the favorite was.”

LOU DIBELLA

(To Abraham directly) “Please don’t mistake our confidence for disrespect. We know you are a very strong fighter. More importantly, we know that you have incredible heart. It’s that heart that makes you a great champion.”

“We also know that in Jermain Taylor, we bring to Berlin a great champion with tremendous heart and determination. It is Jermain’s heart as a fighter that will carry him to victory on Saturday night.”

WILFRIED SAUERLAND

“This historic tournament will revolutionize boxing. We are thrilled to stage the first fight of the Super Six. Abraham and Taylor are two great champions who will please the crowd with a spectacular fight.”

“Arthur has been in great shape and he is very happy that he does not have to lose much weight any more. He is excited to get in the ring knowing that a sell-out crowd in his home city of Berlin will support him. We are looking forward to Saturday.”

ULLI WEGNER

“We have had a great training camp. We went to a small island in the Baltic Sea so that Arthur could get away from all the frenzy in Berlin. He is ready to move up in weight. Taylor is a great fighter, a true champion, but Arthur will find a way to beat him.

“It is our duty to win the fight here in our city. We owe that to our fans. And we have big plans for America afterwards.”

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Arthur Abraham Promo Vid

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Showtime’s promotional video for HyeFighter Arthur Abraham’s fight against Taylor.

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HyeFighter Kenitkian WINS Again!!! Beats Sahin

Kentikin vs. Sahin

Kentikin vs. Sahin

HyeFighter “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian (26-0, 16 KOs) successfully defended her WBA and WIBF belts and added the vacant WBO title by outworking previously unbeaten WIBF jr flyweight champion Julia Sahin (20-1, 2 KOs) over ten rounds.

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Wrestling workout – HyeFighter Style

HyeFighters Wrestling Training

Every Friday evening at 5:00 PM at SK Golden boys in North Hollywood, CA, you will find HyeFighter MMA fighters like Manny Gamburyan, Georgi Karakhanyan, Karen Darabedyan, Karo Parisyan, Ando Dermenjyan, Sevak Magakian, Jared Papazian and many many more working out and training in wrestling with other wrestlers.  This IS where the HyeFighters go to improve their wrestling skills.  Helping them out and working with them are prolific wrestlers like Martin Berberyan (Armenian Olympian) and world champion wrestler Leo Francu just to name a few….

In addition to these professional fighters, a number of kids and future HyeFighters also workout and train with these guys.  The atmosphere during these sessions is intense but very positive.

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Kentikian beats Sahin – 10/10/09

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HyeFighter “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian (26-0, 16 KOs) successfully defended her WBA and WIBF belts and added the vacant WBO title by outworking previously unbeaten WIBF jr flyweight champion Julia Sahin (20-1, 2 KOs) over ten rounds.

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HyeFighter & Champion Arthur Abraham and Taylor relaxed and ready

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Jermain Taylor knows, all too well, that there’s truth in the belief that hard work can earn great success, but with losing focus, that person suffers.

Taylor beat Bernard Hopkins twice, and stood among boxing’s best. He ate more, took life easier, then lost three out of four fights, getting bludgeoned in two of the losses.

Reality has hit home, real strong and real clear, Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) said Tuesday in a conference call with Arthur Abraham (30-0, 24 KOs), whom he fights in Berlin, Germany, on October 17th as part of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, a tournament of super-middleweight fights including Andre Dirrell, Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward.

“I got comfortable,” Taylor, 31 said. “I was doing things I wasn’t supposed to do to stay in tip-top shape. With training, I was training hard, but I wasn’t training right.”

He wasn’t eating right, either, according to trainer Ozell Nelson, to a point that he had to lose 20 pounds in the two weeks before his last fight, a 12th-round knockout loss to Froch.

“He’s training at weight, which makes a big difference,” said Nelson, who joined his fighter on the call.

One big reason: Big Macs.

“Jermain loves to eat; he loves a Big Mac,” Nelson said. “This cat here, he can’t have Big Macs, so he’s ready.”

Nelson said it’s hard to overstate the difference between focusing on Abraham and focusing on losing weight.

“We know Arthur is a big hitter so we’ve been working on a bunch of different ways to take away some of that power,” he said. “Jermain’s in excellent shape and had his weight down for the first time in years.” Abraham, meanwhile, is ready for the fight, and not concerned that Taylor’s faced better fighters than he has. He is tranquil and confident to a point that he comes across as ready to fight polar bears. Low-key as he is, the Armenian who lives in Germany is determined to stand where Taylor stood.

“I have big goals,” Abraham, 29, said through an interpreter. “I am fighting to have big fights in America. I want to win the title and have big fights like Sugar Ray Leonard, Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya had, in the States because I love America and it’s my goal to make a big fight like in Las Vegas or Madison Square Garden in New York. This Super Six tournament will only help me get that big fight in America.” Time is short, he knows.

“I have three, four, five years left and I want to make the most of it,” he said from Zinnowitz, Germany, a town of 3,700 on the country’s northwest coast where he’s training.

The move from 160 to 168 pounds is making life easier, said Abraham, who defended his middleweight title 10 times before surrendering it after his last fight, in June, a 10th-round TKO of lightly regarded Mahir Oral.

“It’s a great thing for me,” he said. “I’m so happy. I’m in a great mood. I spent so much time making weight so I’m really relieved. I’m just so happy when I go work out that I don’t have worry about that. I’m a happy man at super middleweight.” Abraham pays no attention to Taylor’s past stamina problems; his loss to Froch; his two losses to Kelly Pavlik, one by TKO.

“Taylor has beaten Hopkins,” he noted. “That’s all you need to know and say about him. He’s a good boxer. There’s nothing really else I can say about him. I don’t really think I should praise him anymore here. So we’ll just see what happens on October 17.”

While Abraham isn’t thinking about his opponent’s recent struggles, Taylor does dwell on his loss to Froch.

“I think about it all the time,” he said of the fight in which he was stopped with 14 seconds left, when he was ahead on all three scorecards. “If I had trained a little bit harder, if I had lost that weight a little bit earlier . . . .”
If there was no motivation from his defeats and no changes, it would be correct to question his wisdom in continuing, Taylor said.

“I’ve done everything there is to do in boxing, but I’m not ready to go yet,” he said from Houston, Texas, where he’s training at George Foreman’s gym. “I’m not ready to go yet. I feel like there is more to accomplish.”

There’s a desire to write a happy ending, not a need to pay the electricity bill, said Taylor, who mentioned, “I kept my money good.”

“I just want to win this tournament,” he said. “There ain’t nothing else to it. It’s not about the money or anything, but that I want to win. I plan to just leave it all in there. That’s all I got. That’s my state of mind right now. No excuses. Just go in there and fight.”

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HyeFighter & Champion Arthur Abraham is one of the favorites for a reason

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Arthur is one of the favorites for a reason
Posted Oct. 6, 2009 at 10:08pm
By Michael Rosenthal on RingTV.com

One look at Arthur Abraham in action might not be enough to convince you that he’s special.

The unbeaten Armenian-German super middleweight has an awkward style. He’s not a beautiful stylist. And he doesn’t appear to be particularly fast. “You watch him on TV and you think, ‘This guy looks so beatable,’” former middleweight titleholder Raul Marquez said.

Then Marquez stepped through the ropes and met Abraham face to face. And it wasn’t pretty.

Marquez, a tough, seasoned veteran in the twilight of his career, encountered an unusually strong and deceptively skillful athlete with experience and a fighter’s heart in a middleweight bout last November. This guy, it turns out, is a freakin monster who stopped Marquez in six rounds.

This is why Abraham joins Mikkel Kessler as the favorites to win the round-robin Super Six Boxing Classic. Abraham opens against Jermain Taylor on Oct. 17 in Berlin, Germany.

“Abraham is a very difficult guy to beat,” said Marquez, who also fought Taylor. “He’s strong, durable, he can take a shot, he can give a shot. And you saw what happened against Edison Miranda. He broke (Abraham’s) jaw but kept going. That’s a warrior.

“The guy is just a bull. I’m not saying that because I fought him and he beat me. That’s what I really think.”

King Arthur (30-0, 24 knockouts) already has conquered Germany, where all but two of his fights have taken place.

Gunnar Meinhardt, a respected boxing writer and fellow Berliner, said Abraham doesn’t have the status of the giant Klitschko brothers in Germany but would be next in line in terms of widespread popularity.

The Germans like a winner as much anyone and Abraham, a former middleweight titleholder with 10 successful defenses, has never lost. They like him as a person. Meinhardt said his reputation is that of a gentleman and an accomplished chess player, so devoted to the game that he was the invited guest of the Armenian national chess team during the recent world championships in Germany.

And they love his success story. Abraham immigrated to Germany with his family when he was 14 and is now a star.

“He has a very strong mind, very strong will,” Meinhardt said. “That’s because of his roots. He came from Armenia, a very poor country. He grew up very poor as boy. Now he knows what it’s like to have a very good life. And he knows how hard you have to work to get there.

“This is how Abraham is, a tough guy.”

Abraham proved his toughness in his 2006 fight against Miranda, who broke the then-titleholder’s jaw in the fourth round. The champion somehow persevered in spite of extreme pain, which was reminiscent of the first Muahmmad Ali-Ken Norton fight.

Only Abraham, unlike Ali, pulled out a unanimous decision to retain his belt. It reportedly took two titanium plates and 22 surgically implanted screws to repair his jaw.

The feat didn’t go unnoticed his adopted homeland.

“It was a big win for me,” Abraham said through a translator on a conference call Tuesday. “It made me even more popular than if it were just a normal victory. … No one fights eight rounds with a broken jaw and wins. It was a big victory.

“Then, when I came to the States (for the rematch in 2008 in Hollywood, Fla.), I took revenge and showed what kind of boxer I am. Those were two very important fights for me.”

Abraham has a lot more going for him than just toughness, as Marquez pointed out.

Marquez, who fought him at 160 pounds, said he was surprised by Abraham’s physical strength. He described him as a “big, thick middleweight. It was like hitting a brick wall. He’s by far the strongest guy I ever fought.”

It apparently isn’t easy to hit the brick wall. Abraham holds his hands together in front of his face, similar to Winky Wright, a defense that is very difficult to penetrate. Marquez said he’s much faster and athletic than he might seem to be.

He’s a very economical puncher, meaning he doesn’t waste punches but makes them count when he does unload. In other words, Marquez said, it hurts when he hits you.

And he no longer has to struggle to make the middleweight limit of 160 pounds. He gave up his 160-pound title and is a full-fledged 168-pounder, which means he’s been able to focus less on the scale and more on boxing.

Add all that up – toughness, strength, speed, athleticism, good defense, hard, accurate punches and a more-comfortable weight class – and you understand what Marquez is talking about. Then you throw in a pinch of craziness and Taylor might be in trouble on Oct. 17.

“I went to see Jermain train (in Houston),” said Marquez, who lives in Houston. “He wanted some pointers. He wanted to know what I thought about Abraham. I told him the truth. He’s a strong guy. You can’t afford to get tired. He’s very durable. You can pound on him and pound on him and he’ll call you over and say, ‘Hit me some more.’ I think it gives him energy or something.

“I told Jermain he’s a strong guy who hits harder than you do. You better be in good shape.”

Abraham, 29, opens the Super Six tournament in familiar surroundings; this will be his sixth fight in Berlin. However, he probably will fight in the United States – for the second time – at some point in the tournament.

And when he wins the competition, he says, he hopes it will be a springboard to more big fights in the U.S.

“Making big fights in America is what drives me,” he said. “… I want to be a big champion, to make big fights like Sugar Ray Leonard, Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya. I love America; it’s a great country.

“My goal is to make big fights in Las Vegas and Madison Square Garden in New York. I will do everything to accomplish that goal.”

Obviously, he’s won the Germans over. Why not the Americans?

Michael Rosenthal can be reached at RingTVeditor@yahoo.com

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