Sport: Boxing King Arthur Abraham denies flu rumor; on schedule for Dirrell fight

King Arthur Abraham’s camp have dismissed rumors suggesting that the boxing champ’s upcoming bout was in jeopardy due to his having flu.

Earlier several boxing-covering media outlets reported that a title fight as part of Super Six World Boxing Classic originally scheduled for January 23 could be postponed till March 7 and cited Abraham’s severe case of flu apparently interfering with his training routine ahead of the fight with Michigan’s Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell.

In a press release on Tuesday, Abraham’s Team Sauerland denied these reports.

“There is absolutely no truth to it,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said. “Arthur is 100 percent fit. On Saturday, he even attended a charity event for children in Dortmund. Arthur is impatient and excited to find out the venue for the Dirrell fight. He cannot wait to get in the ring with him.” (On Saturday, German charity organization Kinderlachen honored King Arthur for his charity work, awarding him a prize for his community activities.)

In October 2008 Abraham had a fight postponed once because of a flu condition. His IMF middleweight title defense against Raul Marquez was staged several weeks later than planned after the unbeaten champion came down with flu.

Though the information of a possible postponement was widely reported in sport sources, it appears that it may have been misinformation dispersed by the rival camp.

After giving up his IBF title earlier this year, the Germany-based 29-year-old Armenian thumper got to a spectacular start also in the prestigious Super Six Classic tournament held among six super-middleweights.

In his opening fight in late October, Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) dropped an Arkansas fighter (Jermain, “Bad Intentions”, Taylor) senseless with a surprise punch in the dying seconds of their 12-round bout in Berlin.

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 Ward (both from the United States), Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler (representing the United Kingdom and Denmark, respectively).

In his opening fight Dirrell (18-1) lost to the United Kingdom’s Froch.