Abra­ham re­tains ti­tle, pays trib­ute to Mur­ray

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HANOVER: Ger­many’s Arthur Abra­ham de­fended his WBO su­per-mid­dleweight ti­tle with a split de­ci­sion, then paid trib­ute to Martin Mur­ray as the Bri­tish fighter failed for the fourth time to win a world crown. Abra­ham, 35, took the vic­tory 115-112, 112-115, 116-111, to reg­is­ter his sixth suc­cess­ful de­fence of his ti­tle in Hanover on Satur­day in Hanover. With a tight de­fence and ac­cu­rate flurries, home favourite Abra­ham had too much class for the St He­lens fighter. Mur­ray, 33, wasn’t helped by hav­ing a point de­ducted late in the fight for hold­ing al­though the penalty had lit­tle im­pact in the fi­nal anal­y­sis. “I trained hard, have shed blood and sweat. I was tech­ni­cally and tac­tially the bet­ter boxer,” said Abra­ham. “But I didn’t box against a punch­bag. He is a world-class fighter, who put in a good fight and you have to ac­knowl­edge that.”It was the Berlin-based Abra­ham’s 44th vic­tory in 48 pro­fes­sional fights, while this was the third de­feat of Mur­ray’s ca­reer af­ter a draw with Ger­many’s Felix Sturm in 2011 and a unan­i­mous loss to Ar­gentina’s Ser­gio Martinez in 2013. —AFP

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