One of the worst performances that I can ever recall from a defending champion. Abraham just doesn't perform at all outside of Germany. I've watched all but one of his world title fights spread over 2 weight divisions and this was bizarre. He just could not or would not get to grips with Ramirez' range, southpaw stance and versatility.
I listened to Top Rank's version of the PPV as opposed to HBO's and was astounded to discover that the TR commentary team of "Col." Bob Sheridan, Rich Marotta and Christina Pauncher knew absolutely ZERO about Abraham. And kept reminding us of the fact, countless times! Abraham has been in almost 25 world title fights, which are all available to watch for free on the internet and was also involved in the 168lb Super Six, which was televised in the US to great fan fare, and those three are going to great lengths to display their incompetence. Round after round of Abraham just walking forwards with his gloves up and offering little in the way of offence and round after round the self styled "Colonel" and former IRA gun runner Bob Sheridan wondered aloud: "Can anybody tell me, is this, is this just what he does?" And, I'm getting angry, f'n angry and shouting at the TV at 5 in the morning.
The Kicker: This broadcast was Sheridan's 999th world title broadcast (He told us viewers about 999 times during the course of the telecast). Imagine that, getting paid to travel the world, commentate and you don't even have to prepare for the job. Nice work.
Don't get me started on Charles Martin, I'd estimate the most ill equipped HW champ since poor old Primo Carnera. He was paid around $3.5m to get knocked down twice, and even then the cheeky sod had the gall to wait until the referee's count hit just over 9 before getting to his feet (both ocassions), so he could complain and have an "out" when the ref waved the fight off. I saw right through that BS.
At the end their was no real argument over the winner, with the Japanese fighter taking a clear decision win with cards of 80-73 80-73 and 80-72. Hopefully this win will lead Kyotaro to bigger and better fights later in the year, though their is some worry that he will continue to face low level competition until his team are ready to "cash out" on him.
While I don't fully agree with this - Kyotaro has been testing himself early on as a boxer - I do wonder when he will have a real step up fight again.