Robin Krasniqi vs. Arthur Abraham WBO Super Middleweight
Title Eliminator Set For April 22
The World Boxing Organization (WBO) Super Middleweight title
eliminator, featuring two-time world title challenger Robin
Krasniqi taking on the three-time, two-division world
champion "King" Artur Abraham, will be available to watch
April 22 on pay per view in North America, starting at 2
p.m. ET/ 11 a.m. a.m. PT, live from Congress Center in
Ekfurt, Germany. The two fighters have a combined record or
91-9 with 47 knockouts.
"Krasniqi vs. Abraham", promoted by SES Promotions, is a
presentation of Integrated Sports Media and FITE.
Integrated Sports Media will distribute "Krasniqi vs.
Abraham" live in North America, starting at 2 p.m. ET / 11
a.m. PT, on cable, satellite and internet pay-per-view via
iN Demand, Vubiquity, and DISH in the United States, as well
as Rogers, Shaw and Sask Tel in Canada, also on the FITE app
and website, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95.
Outside of North America, "Krasniqi vs. Abraham" is being
licensed by leading boxing television rights distribution
firm, Protocol Sports Marketing Ltd.
Born in Kosovo, the 29-year-old Krasniqi (46-4, 17 KOs) is a
former European and WBO International Light Heavyweight
Champion, who resides in Munich, Germany and packs a
thunderous punch. Three fights ago, he moved down in weight
from Light Heavyweight to Super Middleweight, winning all
three bouts at the new weight class and looking highly
In 2013, Krasniqi lost his first world title shot by way of
a 12-round unanimous decision to defending WBO Light
Heavyweight World Champion Nathan Cleverly (25-0), in
London, by way of a hard-fought 12-round decision.
Following his first career defeat, Krasniqi went on to
capture the WBO International Light Heavyweight Title with a
seventh-round knockout of previously undefeated Emmanuel
Danso (20-0), and has since defended that belt. Krasniqi won
the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) Continental Light
Heavyweight Title with a 12-round unanimous decision over
Oleksandr Cherviak (14-3-1).
In 2014, Krasniqi successfully defended those two
championships, taking a 12-round unanimous decision from
Dariusz Sek (21-1-1), which set up his second world title
shot, March 21, 2015 in Germany, against long-time defending
WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Juergan Braehmer (45-2)
in a massive all-German world title showdown. Krasniqi was
unable to answer the bell for the 10th round but learned
that he should drop a weight class. Since moving down to
Super Middleweight, Krasniqi has looked impressive but
Abraham will surely be the biggest test of his career.
Rated No. 2 by the WBO, Abraham (45-5, 30 KOs) has
positioned himself for another world title shot as the
winner of his Apr. 22nd eliminator with Krasniqi will become
the mandatory challenger for reigning WBO Super Middleweight
World Champion Gilberto Ramirez, of Mexico. Abraham lost his
WBO crown by way a 12-round unanimous decision to Ramirez in
Las Vegas in 2016 but must win against Krasniqi to have an
opportunity at regaining his title.
The 37-year-old Abraham, a native of Armenia who lives in
Berlin, Germany, is a two-time WBO (World Boxing
Organization) Super Middleweight Champion, as well as the
former International Boxing Federation (IBF) Middleweight
World Champion. The knockout artist has a remarkable 18-4 (9
KOs) record in world championship bouts and is 7-4 (4 KOs)
against former or current world champions. Noted victims
during his 16-½ year professional career reads like a Who's
Who of Boxing in the 160 and 168-pound divisions, including
world champions Raul Marquez, Hector Javier Velazco, Jermain
Taylor, Robert Stieglitz thrice, and Giovanni De Carolis.
Abraham has also defeated world-class opponents such as
Martin Murray, Paul Smith twice, Lajuan Simon, Edison
Miranda twice. Khoren Gevor, Sebastian Demers, Kofi Jantuah,
Kingsley Ikeke and Howard Eastman.
Four of Abraham's five career losses have been to world
champions Carl Froch, Andre Ward, Robert Stieglitz and
Gilberto Ramirez. Stieglitz is the only opponent to stop
Abraham, who has won nine of his last 10 fights, the most
recent an eighth-round technical knockout of Tim Robin
Lihaug (15-1) this past July in Germany for the vacant WBO
International Super Middleweight Title.
Additional PPV fights will soon be announced.