HANNOVER, Germany (Fight News)—World Boxing Organization (WBO) super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (44-4, 29 KOs) defeated Martin Murray (32-3-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany, Fightnews.com reports, defending his WBO title.
Murray outworked Abraham early in the fight, but Abraham came back in the middle rounds. Murray was warned for excessive holding and rocked Abraham in round eight, but Abraham came back strong late in the round.
Murray was deducted a point for holding in round eleven. Most of the heavy shots came from Abraham. The final scores of the match were 115-112, 116-111 Abraham, 115-112 Murray. It was the fourth time Murray has challenged a world title unsuccessfully.