Pacquiao vs Bradley 3 undercard: There's 'another' big fight in townWritten by Joseph Herron
Over the past several weeks, many die-hard fight fans have expressed their displeasure in having to shell out $70 to witness a third meeting between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley.
Although there's still a lot to like about the elite level match-up, detractors and critics alike have questioned the need for the proclaimed "rubber match", citing the idea that Manny unofficially won both previous bouts.
To help cushion the blow, Top Rank, Inc. has comprised a very competitive and potentially entertaining co-main event, featuring a red-hot prospect who could represent the financial future of the renowned promotional organization.
Arthur Abraham (44-4, 29 KOs) vs. Gilberto Ramirez (33-0, 24 KOs), 12 rounds for the WBO Super Middleweight Championship
In this intriguing clash of styles at 168 pounds, two-division world titlist "King" Arthur Abraham travels from his perceived sanctuary and adopted home of Germany to defend his title against one of Mexico's most highly touted prospects in "Zurdo" Gilberto Ramirez this evening in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Although the reigning WBO belt holder has defended his distinction successfully eight consecutive times since winning the title in 2013, his mandatory challenger is coming into tonight's co-main event as the slight betting favorite, currently sitting at (-185), with the incumbent champ listed as a live underdog at (+160).
A reason for the favored status in most Race and Sports Books, is the height, reach, youth and overall athleticism of the hungry, young title challenger. Ramirez stands almost 6'3" tall in the center of the ring and fights behind a lengthy 75" reach. Although "Zurdo" doesn't possess the professional or amateur experience of the current champion, the 24 year old prospect has been cultivated and nurtured the right way by Top Rank matchmakers Bruce Trampler and Brad Goodman.
Since turning pro at age 17, Gilberto has gradually developed an impressive skill set with solid footwork, good ring intelligence and exceptional combination punching to the body and head.
But is Ramirez ready for this big step up in competition against a seasoned and hard punching, two-division world champion?
"King" Arthur Abraham is a thirteen year professional who has a deep amateur pedigree.
The 36 year old champ has sledgehammers in both fists and has a very tight, effective defense.
Although the Armenian born fight veteran has been criticized for not defending his title abroad, competing almost exclusively in Germany throughout his entire career, Abraham has seen every possible style in the ring and has flourished to the top of two competitive weight divisions, 160 and 168 pounds over the last decade.
Despite being the much smaller fighter in tonight's match-up, the 5'9" champion carries the ultimate neutralizer into the ring by way of one-punch KO power.
Is Abraham's power enough to keep his coveted WBO distinction when he faces a much younger and bigger fighter this evening?
Fight fans will get to find out this evening in the co-main event of the "Manny Pacquiao vs Tim Bradley" PPV presentation.