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Abraham to take on Ayala next month

The 27-year-old champion, unbeaten after 25 professional fights with 20 knock-outs, has firmly set his sights on a unification clash in the new year and wants a big money fight in the United States.
By HT Correspondent | AFP, Berlin
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2008 07:19 PM IST

Arthur Abraham will return to the ring on March 29 when he defends his IBF middleweight title against Elvin Ayala in Kiel, Germany, in what will be the seventh defence of his crown.

The 27-year-old champion, unbeaten after 25 professional fights with 20 knock-outs, has firmly set his sights on a unification clash in the new year and wants a big money fight in the United States.

Abraham spent last week training in Nuremberg with Russian former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev, ahead of his final eliminator fight with Sergey Liakhovich on Saturday night.

"I have been in training for a long time and I am in great shape," said Arthur. "Ayala will find out in the ring."

Ayala, 27, last battled compatriot Sergio Mora to a draw and has 18 wins and two defeats in his 21-fight career.

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