King Rules: Abraham starts Super Six Classic by defeating “bad intended” American

Boxing “King Arthur” Abraham got to a spectacular start in the Super Six Classic tournament among super-middleweights with a late knockout of his first rival during a weekend fight.

The Germany-based 29-year-old Armenian, who resigned as (unbeaten) IBF middleweight champion earlier this year to engage in the prestigious six-fighter tournament, knocked out Jermain, “Bad Intentions”, Taylor from Arkansas with six seconds left in the last 12th round of the bout in front of his home crowd at a Berlin arena Saturday night.

Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) caught Taylor (28-4-1) with a right to his chin, dropping the American senseless to the canvas.

“I need a couple of rounds to analyze my opponent. And then I let him punch himself tired and then I struck back,” media quoted Abraham as saying after the bout.

Abraham’s defeated opponent said: “He just surprised me with the right. I didn’t see it.”

The Super Six World Boxing Classic presented by Showtime in cooperation with Sauerland Event is a competition for the WBA and WBC super middleweight title that brings together the world’s six strongest super-middleweights (three boxers representing Europe and three representing America). Among the contenders are also Andre Dirrell and Andre Ward (both from the United States), Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler (representing the United Kingdom and Denmark, respectively).

The competition consists of a round robin phase, where each boxer fights three times and is awarded 3 points for a win by knockout or technical knockout, 2 points for a win on points, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss.

The top four from the group phase will continue to the semi-finals, matching the leader against No. 4 and No. 2 against No. 3. The winners of the semi-finals proceed to the final, for the tournament.
Abraham’s next Super Six bout is against Michigan’s “The Matrix” Dirrell (18-1), who lost to the UK’s Froch by split decision in his opening bout.