Boxing.de
05.03.06

Abraham dominant in IBF middleweight title defense
OLDENBURG, Germany (Ticker) - In his first defense of the IBF middleweight
title, rising star Arthur Abraham had little problem scoring a unanimous
decision over Australian veteran Shannan Taylor on Saturday at EWE Arena.

The 26-year-old Abraham (20-0, 17 KOs), who claimed the then-vacant title
with a fifth-round knockout of Kingsley Ikeke in December, was in control
throughout.

A native of Armenia who now calls Berlin home, Abraham won on all three
cards, 120-107, 120-107 and 120-106.

The fight featured no knockdowns but Abraham had his opponent under pressure
early, most notably in the fourth round. The 33-year-old Taylor (42-5-2) had
a point deducted in the sixth for a low blow.

Taylor fell to 0-2 in title fights